Thursday, March 3, 2016

State of emergency

Declaration addresses Lake O draining in Florida

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for three coastal counties suffering from the Lake Okeechobee draining prompted by threats of South Florida flooding. The draining protects the lake’s dike, but hurts coastal fishing grounds.  ANDY REID

Sun Sentinel

Sun Sentinel

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for three counties where waterways are suffering from Lake Okeechobee draining triggered by flooding fears. The governor is trying to get more federal funding to shore up Lake Okeechobee's troubled dike and to speed up Everglades restoration projects. Both efforts could eventually offer alternatives to the damaging discharges of lake water out to sea.


Jackson, Miss., rejects emergency declaration

Jackson Free Press

The second attempt at declaring a civil state of emergency failed at a special meeting of the Jackson, Miss., City Council. The failure to pass the resolution comes at the end of a week of efforts by the city to address concerns by citizens in the wake of a press release from the Mississippi Department of Health warning expectant mothers and small children away from the tap water due to lead concerns.


Louisiana to open water testing lab in Shreveport

News Star

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced it is opening a water testing laboratory in Shreveport. The opening of this lab is expected to resolve delays in water testing experienced by water utilities in North Louisiana, which today must ship their water samples to the state’s central lab in Baton Rouge.

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