The overwhelming demand for food aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac has caused Louisiana to request the U.S. Department of Agriculture to extend filing deadlines for residents in Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish.

The announcement came after several residents were turned away from long application lines. Disaster food stamps are available after a natural disaster occurs to residents who meet the guidelines for family income and amount spent in anticipation of the disaster.

A Baton Rouge family is feeling abandoned by the federal aid system after their large home that housed nine family members was declared a total loss from Hurricane Isaac’s flood waters.
According to Dawnita Michael, FEMA denied the family any assistance as they seek temporary shelter, food and clothing and are getting the “run around” from the agency when the family continues to fight back. The family has reached out to local non-profits while the FEMA claims are being contested, but Michaels said she worried that the family will run out of money before assistance arrives.
BP’s plans to clean up oil from the 2010 spill that washed on shore during Hurricane Isaac may have lasting collateral environmental consequences.
The Coast Guard and the state of Louisiana are currently reviewing BP’s aggressive plans to remove oil by “deep cleaning” Louisiana’s beaches by digging five feet deep along the beach. By digging deeply into the land, wildlife habitats may be destroyed and erosion may result.
Scientific research after Hurricane Isaac linked tar balls and oil found on Florida, Louisiana and Alabama coasts to the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Investigations are ongoing to determine whether Mississippi received any oil impact from the storm.
An MIT science professor predicted stronger hurricanes in the future due to increasing global warming and the attribution of hurricane strength to the difference in atmospheric and water temperature.
Kerry Emanuel, professor of atmospheric science, found hurricane power has doubled in the Atlantic from 1980 until the present. Although he believes hurricane growth will proceed worldwide, he said global warming may have already affected the hurricanes that are created in the Atlantic Ocean.
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