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Evacuations were ordered in parts of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes (counties) southwest of New Orleans, but people in some areas began returning to their homes Thursday night as the storm went east.
In low-lying St. Bernard Parish, southeast of New Orleans, officials handed out sandbags to seal off flood-prone roads and recommended that residents leave.
In New Orleans, late-night revelers on Bourbon Street barely broke stride as light rains and intermittent gusts swept the historic French Quarter.
Even though officials had feared flooding in the city, which is below sea level, Danny hit the Big Easy with a weak punch.
Most of LA saw winds 40-mph or less. About 14,000 took shelter in the Superdome. A tidal surge topped a levee in Florissant, east of New Orleans, letting loose 8 to 9 feet of water. Outages left as many as 260,000 without power. Two deaths.
In the first 60 days or so after Georges made its final landfall in Mississippi, the American Red Cross spent $104 million on relief services in the United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, the Florida Keys and the Florida Panhandle. This makes it the most expensive disaster aid effort in the organization's 117-year history.
Following the floods generated by Tropical Storm Allison, President Bush declared a federal disaster in Louisiana on June 11. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP) have teams in the field inspecting damages and many disaster assistance programs are active. The disaster declaration covers 23 parishes.
Over $7.2 million has been disbursed to help individuals make emergency repairs to their homes or to find adequate temporary living space.
The storm tallied approximately 18 inches of rain in Louisiana's state capital of Baton Rouge, and 12 inches in Houston, Texas.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available through Louisiana Department of Labor Job Center Offices. This program provides unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not normally qualify for state benefits, such as farmers, farm workers, migrant farm workers and other self-employed individuals.
Louisiana, the hardest hit area, was battered by four storms including the powerful Hurricane Lili and Tropical Storm Isidore. The 2002 season's storms caused 9 deaths in the United States and about $900 million in damages. Max Mayfield, director of the NOAA National Hurricane Center, said, "Four storm strikes on Louisiana remind us of the need for preparedness during every hurricane season. It's not the number of storms that counts-it's where they go."
Tropical Storm Isidore's sweep across Louisiana wrought an estimated $18 million in flood damage and left thousands of residents without power as they looked ahead to long days of bailing water from cars and homes.
Residents were spared hurricane-strength winds, but not by much. The sprawling storm's ill-defined eye passed over the Louisiana coast packing 65-mph winds -- 9 mph shy of hurricane speed.
Gov. Mike Foster said the storm caused at least $18 million in damage in Louisiana, including $3.7 million in lost sugar cane. Foster said the damage estimate will grow, and he was seeking a federal disaster declaration.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that President Bush has declared a major disaster for Louisiana, triggering the release of federal funds to help meet the recovery needs of families and businesses swamped by Tropical Storm Isidore's torrential rains.
Lili made landfall on the central Louisiana coast as a category one hurricane and left behind a trail of muck and misery from widespread wind and flood damage. Strong winds toppled trees onto houses and into roadways, stripped shingles from roofs, and blew out windows. The wind and driving rain flattened sugar cane fields throughout southern Louisiana. A combination of storm surge and rain caused levees to fail in the southeastern part of the state. Lili also temporarily curtailed all oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. The latest insured property damage total from the American Insurance Services Group is $430 million U.S. dollars, $415 million for Louisiana and &15 million for Mississippi. The total dollar damage estimate is twice this value or $860 million dollars. President Bush declared that Louisiana is eligible for federal assistance.
After coming ashore in Louisiana, the storm's maximum sustained winds dropped from 55 mph to 45 mph, but it also spawned several possible tornados as it moved across the New Orleans region and into neighboring Mississippi. Louisiana Gov. Mike Foster declared a statewide state of emergency as a "precautionary measure," so state resources could easily be made available if necessary. New Orleans closed 68 of the 120 floodgates around the city, said Lou Reese of the Orleans Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, but so far there had been only localized flooding in the city's center.