The Army Corps of Engineers on Monday closed the last floodgates on Louisiana's Bonnet Carre Spillway, which was opened May 9 to prevent the Mississippi River from flooding New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
My first visit to Pontchartrain Park is on a big day in New Orleans East. I'm met by actor Wendell Pierce, the president of Pontchartrain Park's Community Development Corp., for the opening of the first model home.
The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico as the fifth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed in the southeastern Gulf.
Tar balls linked to the worst oil spill in U.S. history have reached into Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain and hit the beaches near Galveston, Texas, authorities in those states reported on day 77 of the disaster.
The edges of the massive Gulf Coast oil slick grazed the barrier islands off Louisiana's Chandeleur and Breton sounds Tuesday as the company responsible for cleaning up the spill faced tough questions from members of Congress.
Search efforts turned into a recovery operation Monday for a U.S. Navy instructor pilot presumed dead after his plane crashed into Lake Pontchartrain, just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, during a routine training mission, a Navy spokesman said.
Hurricane Gustav churned into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday night, still an "extremely dangerous" Category 4 storm threatening to blast the same region devastated by Hurricane Katrina three years ago.
Massive floodgates designed to better protect the heart of New Orleans from the type of storm surges that breached levees during Hurricane Katrina may not be installed until July, more than a month after hurricane season starts, a top Army official said Friday.
On the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, near the end of the causeway that leads across this salty bowl of water to New Orleans, a red and white sign beckons. The sign, attached to Morton's Seafood Restaurant, reads: "Hot boiled seafood when arrow is flashing."
They still love to party in New Orleans. It's just that lately the laughs come kind of hard. The Mardi Gras season that wraps up this week will have consisted of just eight days of parades and whatever gamy fun goes with them. In most years, it goes on for 12. Marching bands have been in short supply, their members still scattered to Houston and Atlanta. The crowds along the parade routes have been sparser too. On the bright side, that has made it easier to score the strands of colored beads flung by people on parade floats. Hustle, and you could grab 50 or so in just a few hours. Making the most of misfortune -- that's a very New Orleans thing to do.
The levee system in New Orleans is getting global attention because of the breaks caused by Hurricane Katrina, and now Hurricane Rita. And some engineers say those two disasters should prompt a new look at critical infrastructure.
President Bush delivered a prime time address to the nation Thursday from Jackson Square in the French Quarter of New Orleans 17 days after Hurricane Katrina churned the city and displaced a million people. This is a transcript of his remarks.
Hurricane storm surges have resulted in limited flooding of the city of New Orleans before. But Hurricane Katrina's winds pushed in a devastating surge of water from the Gulf of Mexico that overwhelmed the city's system of levees built to hold back the surrounding Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain.
Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said Thursday she has requested the mobilization of 40,000 National Guard troops to restore order and assist in relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.
A day after Hurricane Katrina dealt a devastating blow to the Big Easy, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on Tuesday night blasted what he called a lack of coordination in relief efforts for setting behind the city's recovery.
National Guard troops moved toward the French Quarter in an effort to stop rising unrest in flood-stricken New Orleans late Tuesday as police reported looting, attempted carjackings and shootings near the city's main shelter.
Flooding from Hurricane Katrina's Monday landfall could wreak catastrophe on New Orleans, overwhelming the city's water and sewage systems and leaving survivors in a bowl of toxic soup, a top hurricane expert said.