BATON ROUGE, La. — The Latest on flooding in Louisiana (all times local):
The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Woman at St. Gabriel was the only state prison to flood during this month’s disastrous south Louisiana storms. Now, roughly 1,000 of its inmates are being housed at various other lockups.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2bCEc7k) that 678 are in the C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick says the Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, a private lockup run by LaSalle Corrections, holds 221 of the women.
Forty-seven are at the Avoyelles Parish Jail, while 39 remain at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
The Jetson Center For Youth, a juvenile prison in Baker that was closed in 2014, also is preparing to house some of the displaced prisoners.
Pastorick said renovating the St. Gabriel lockup will take up to eight months.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has set up one mobile home at a flood victim’s home so far. State lawmakers say that pace is too slow nearly three weeks after the flooding.
The complaints came up Wednesday at a House homeland security committee meeting.
Rep. Clay Schexnayder, who represents areas of hard-hit Ascension and Livingston parishes, says FEMA needs to move faster to get the manufactured housing units in place.
FEMA regional director Gerard Stolar says the mobile homes aren’t easy to install. They are larger and require more preparation than the FEMA trailers moved in to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.
Stolar says after site inspection, installation of a mobile home can take up to a week.
Harvey Rep. Rodney Lyons replied that’s “almost like home construction.”
The New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are giving a concert next Thursday evening to benefit south Louisiana public schools, arts organizations and artists hit by recent floods.
Opera director Robert Lyall says both organizations know by experience how flooding can cripple a community, and want to return the help they received after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Orchestra president Matthew Eckenhoff says the musicians know how it feels to lose not just their homes but the instruments they need to create their art, and remember that the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra helped them after Katrina.
They say every penny received for the Sept. 8 concert will go to public schools, arts organizations, and the Recording Academy’s MusiCares charity.
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge ‘s Creative Relief Fund will administer the money.
Tickets cost $19 to $109.
The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has distributed more than $1.6 million so far to local nonprofits helping people affected by the floods, including more $600,000 to schools and groups focused on education.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2bRwGLk) the grants are the first round of giving coming from the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund, which the prominent foundation established with $100,000 of its own money. BRAF reports that more than $2.5 million from more than 14,000 individual donations have flowed into the relief fund so far, plus additional corporate giving.
The single largest gift, totaling $250,000, did not go to an education-focused group. Rather, it went to another large foundation that helps many organizations, Community Foundation of Acadiana. That foundation primarily serves eight parishes in south-central Louisiana that have all have been declared federal disaster areas.