Thirty minutes before he walked onstage, Petty welcomed singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams into his dressing room. “He had a big smile, and he was putting a cough drop in his mouth,” says Williams, an old friend who had just finished her opening set. “I didn’t want to stay too long. It was getting close to showtime. I said, ‘Tom, the audience is rockin’. They’re good to go. I’ve warmed them up for you.’ He looked at me and goes, ‘I bet you did,’ with those twinkly eyes and that beautiful face.” They hugged; a photo was taken. It was, she says, “the last time I saw him.” … [Read more...] about Remembering Tom Petty, 1950-2017
The latest timeline for the project has the physical completion of the Kansas City Southern and U.S. 61 bridge in September or October 2021 and the completion of “drop structures” around the same time. Drop structures would mean flood-risk bayous could begin draining into the canal before the overall project is completed, so Zachary and Baker communities could receive flood reduction benefits earlier than communities farther south. … [Read more...] about Officials clear major hurdle in Comite canal project; completion date delayed again
Officials began talking about diverting flood waters from the Comite River after the major flood of 1983. Though local governments put aside money of its part, the federal government rarely put up dollars. After the August 2016 flood damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses, Congress last year authorized $343 million to build the 12-mile long west to east canal. … [Read more...] about Officials negotiating to mitigate delay of Comite Diversion Canal construction
The parish is seeking additional funds and anticipates ultimately having $15 million toward elevation efforts. Graves has asked FEMA to expedite the effort and other mitigation programs, which is expected to top $300 million and is part of more than $3 billion the state has received in federal funding following the August 2016 flood. … [Read more...] about Millions in federal dollars going to effort to elevate flood-prone homes in Livingston Parish
As Graves pointed out Monday, none of the construction issues has been a secret. Congress finally broke the funding logjam with $343 million to build the 12-mile canal; costly utility relocation and new bridges are part of the reasons that funding has been held up. … [Read more...] about Our Views: We’ve waited years for the Comite canal to be finished. It’s time to stop stalling.