The state-run emergency shelter in Shreveport has closed, after housing Hurricane Isaac evacuees for seven days. The evacuees were bused to points around the hardest hit areas of New Orleans. Some will stay in transitional shelters there, while others will return home. Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness director Sandy Davis says the Jewella Avenue shelter will be cleaned and ready for the next hurricane evacuation in a matter of days.
Veteran game developers and up-and-coming college-level computer programmers and artists will converge for the first Game Jam in Bossier City. The 44-hour video game development marathon is being held in conjunction with DigiFest South. Shreveport software engineer Nolan Baker expects about 50 people will participate.
***LSU Shreveport will be closed Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31. The University will re-open after the Labor Day holiday on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Check with www.lsus.edu for updates. Due to the closure of the university, several university deadlines have been extended. · The Last Day for 60% refund will be extended to September 5. · The Census Date and the Last Day to Drop or Resign without a W has been extended to September 11. · The Last Day for 40% refund will be extended to September 17.
• Caddo Parish Schools to close Thursday and Friday • Bossier Parish Schools closed Thursday. (Friday TBA) • Bienville, Webster, Desoto, Lincoln Parish schools closed Thursday • Northwestern State University closed through Friday. • BPCC closed Thursday and Friday • Food Bank of Central Louisiana closed Thursday
ISAAC UPDATE 7:00 AM CDT Fri Aug 31 Location: 15.2°N 47.8°W Moving: WNW at 16 mph Min pressure: 999 mb Max sustained: 65 mph
• Two shelters are open in Shreveport for critical transportation needs with a total of 3,900 beds, including LSUS. Others are being prepared. • There is a shelter open in Bastrop with 1,600 beds. • There will be 13 Red Cross shelters with a total of 5,306 slots opening today. • Residents can call 211 or their parish Emergency Operations Center the for latest shelter information.
Heavy construction equipment is used to move sandbags at the Bossier Parish Highway Department facility in Benton, La.
The Bossier Parish Highway Department's sandbagging operations in Benton stayed open overnight. Thousands of sandbags were handed out yesterday by public works departments in north Louisiana. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provides the sand and bags during emergencies. Bossier Parish is using prison inmate labor to fill the sandbags.
Dell Jones of Avondale and his 10 family members are riding out Hurricane Isaac at the American Red Cross shelter on the LSU Shreveport campus. It's the same shelter his family went to during Katrina. Shelter manager Steve Beyer says he has a good number of volunteers who are working on a rotated schedule. The LSUS shelter can accommodate 700 evacuees. Less than 100 people are currently staying there.