Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Last night as I was watching LSU’s trouncing of the Miami Hurricanes on television, I received a text message from a friend which included a screenshot of the new tropical storm in the Gulf, Gordon, with the question “Am I the only one who can feel a faster heartbeat and … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Waiting for Gordon

Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – The feud between Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Baton Rouge Representative Garrett Graves over the slow response of Louisiana in flood recovery efforts escalated last week when the Edwards camp accused Rep. Graves of spreading false information about the release of federal money given to the state. Friday, Rep. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards/Graves Feud Heats Up

Report from Louisiana: Cajun Relief Crowd Funding Allows for Donations to Specific Flood Victims

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  I wrote on this blog a couple of weeks ago about the excellent work the Cajun Relief Foundation is doing in helping Louisiana’s flood victims get back on their feet as the politicians dicker over who will oversee the $1.6 billion in federal relief dollars.  As of this date, none … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Cajun Relief Crowd Funding Allows for Donations to Specific Flood Victims

Report From Louisiana: Some Flood Facts

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – If you will indulge me once more, I’ll wrap up my Louisiana Flood 2016 coverage with this post, “God willing and the creeks don’t rise,” as we say down here. Some Flood Facts: At this point, flood damage is estimated to be about $8.7 billion, but they are not finished … Continue reading Report From Louisiana: Some Flood Facts

Report from Louisiana: Eye to the Sky

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I talked to a friend this week who just returned to Shreveport from Baton Rouge where he has been helping his son who was flooded this month. “You can’t imagine the stench down there,” he told me.   There are unending piles of debris lining the streets in neighborhoods now as … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Eye to the Sky