Once again, a hurricane dominates the happening in Louisiana. Seven years after Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac causes prison inmate evacuations in Orleans, Terrebonne and St. Bernard parishes. Crowded correctional facilities as the Louisiana State Penitentiary get even more crowded. Pardon hearings and weekend visitations are cancelled. See the news from the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
On May 6, 2011, the President of the United States of America declared emergency for Louisiana due to the threat of a flood disaster that might equal the catastrophe of 1927 when “the Mississippi River remained at flood stage for a record 153 days.” .
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the State of Louisiana to supplement state and local response efforts in the area struck by flooding beginning on April 25, 2011, and continuing.
Affected are the parishes of Avoyelles, Ascension, Assumption, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Iberia, Iberville, LaSalle, Madison, Pointe Coupee, East Baton Rouge, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana (where the Mississippi River surrounds the Angola Prison on three sides).
http://youtu.be/qYqGF227GkU Video by Christianna Garrett, May 7, 2011
Slideshow by Charles Addison Riddle, III, whose grandfather was the Red Cross Chairman during the great flood of 1927.
http://youtu.be/McjgSp9zlfQ Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 (CNN film)