Latest Mississippi River Delta News: September 24, 2015

09.24.2015 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Hurricane Rita served as eye-opener for Terrebonne officials
*features Simone Maloz, ROR
By Meredith Burns, Houma Courier. September 24, 2015
It was one of the first realizations that the land loss that our area experiences is really starting to affect our defense systems here,” said Simone Maloz, director of Restore or Retreat and one of the organizers of a panel on Hurricane Rita held Wednesday in Houma.” (Read More)
Bracing for the Storms
*features David Yarnold, NAS
By David Yarnold, Huffington Post. September 22, 2015
Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Rita — the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico — made landfall on the Gulf Coast, wreaking terrible destruction across the entire Louisiana coast and well into Texas. Rita’s storm surge exceeded 18 feet, and the storm caused approximately $12 billion in damage. Rita made landfall less than a month after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,200 people and causing a staggering $108 billion dollars in damage.” (Read More)
James Carville says ‘bad political leadership’ threatening south Louisiana’s very existence
By Stephanie Riegel, Baton Rouge Business Report. September 22, 2015
Political leadership matters,” he said. “Our survival is not a given. Dallas will be here 75 years from now. You can’t say that about south Louisiana. When you have bad political leadership, it harms not only the future but our existence.” (Read More)

Medicaid expansion, managing water resources among CABL’s priorities
By Kevin Litten, The Times-Picayune. September 22, 2015
Erwin said the concern is that as legislators try to fix the structural budget deficit next year, they will be tempted to dip into the BP oil spill settlement money to fund other projects not associated with coastal restoration.”What we’re trying to say is, these dollars were intended for the coast and we need to not use it to find ways to get through our short-term fiscal issues,” Erwin said.” (Read More)