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LDAF Begins Damage Assessments from Isaac

August 31, 2012

Baton Rouge, LA (August 31, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) begins storm damage assessments from Hurricane Isaac.

Those assessments, being conducted in conjunction with LSU AgCenter, will begin in the coastal areas which were hard hit from the storm.

“Our agriculture producers have suffered another major loss as a result of this storm. Now, we are working on the recovery process and hope to get whatever assistance we can to help our farmers bounce back from this disaster,” said LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.

Any requests for assistance should go through the local county agent. Damage assessment results will be given to local Offices of Emergency Preparedness.

Fuel update:

Dairy farmers approved by LDAF may purchase 50 gallons of fuel per day at the LDAF office in Hammond.

So far, 161,514 gallons of diesel fuel and 138,846 gallons of unleaded fuel have been requested by hospitals, law enforcement agencies and other emergency operators.

Pet evacuation update:

Alexandria has a total of 94 pets:

92 dogs
2 cats

Haughton has a total of 65 pets:

60 dogs
3 cats
2 birds

Pet evacuation numbers continue to decrease as people leave the human shelter.

Hill’s Pet Food Company donated dog and cat food to LDAF for the pet shelters.