From left, U.S. Coast Guard Meritorius Public Service Medal citations are held by Jason Dixon, Brandon Barrett,14, and Robbie Reynold, after they were presented medals for their service by U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Dave Callahan, Commander of the USCG Eighth District headquartered in New Orleans, on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 in Baton Rouge, La. The Coast Guard awarded the medals to the four people for rescuing a woman and her dog from a sinking car during historic flooding in Louisiana last summer, a dramatic scene captured on video.
A dozen people stranded on a remote Louisiana island by Tropical Storm Barry were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to a report Saturday. The rescue was carried out on Isle de Jean Charles, a Terrebonne Parish community that was cut off by rising water from the storm. Isle de Jean Charles is about two hours south of New Orleans. The Coast Guard reported that none of the rescued strandees, including four who were elderly, were injured, WWL-TV reported. Isle de Jean Charles and other low-lying areas in Terrebonne Parish were under a voluntary evacuation order Friday, the station reported.
US police have arrested a man suspected of killing five people, including his parents, in two separate but related shootings in the state of Louisiana. Dakota Theriot, 21, was caught on Sunday, 1,770km (1,100 miles) away at his grandmother's house in Virginia. Saturday's shootings were in Livingston and Ascension parishes, south of Louisiana state capital Baton Rouge. Authorities said the other victims are a woman thought to be his girlfriend, and her brother and father. Police believe Mr Theriot stole his father's grey and silver Dodge Ram pick-up truck, before driving to shoot his parents, Keith and Elizabeth Theriot.
The death toll from recent storms and flooding in Louisiana has reached 13, state officials said Wednesday, as residents faced the biggest housing crunch since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Devin George, state registrar for vital records, told the Associated Press an elderly woman in Livingston Parish was confirmed as the latest death, but didn't provide further details. Five people have died in East Baton Rouge Parish, three in Tangipahoa Parish, two in St. Helena Parish, two in Livingston Parish and one in Rapides Parish from the storms and their aftermath. In addition to the fatalities, an estimated estimated 40,000 homes have been damaged and more than 30,000 people have been rescued since Friday. At least 70,000 people have registered for federal disaster assistance.
Flames are seen after an explosion at an oil rig in Lake Pontchartrain, in Louisiana, in this still image taken from social media video taken October 15, 2017. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sergeant Brian McGregor told the Times-Picayune newspaper that there were "a lot of injuries," with at least six confirmed and more expected. St. Charles Parish said on its Facebook page that an oil rig was on fire in the lake near New Orleans and had "caused the loud sound earlier tonight." A WVUE Fox 8 television video posted on Facebook showed an industrial structure ablaze with smoke pouring off it as lights flashed nearby. Police did not respond to a request for comment.