Hurricane Laura roundup … 

    • The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation has committed $5 million to meet the needs of communities rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The $5 million includes two $1 million grants to organizations that will make funds immediately available for relief and response in the Lake Charles area. The remainder of the grant funds will be distributed through the Foundation’s Community Crisis and Disaster Response grant fund.  

    • Louisiana taxpayers affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for automatic tax filing and payment extensions if their homes, principal places of business, critical tax records or paid tax preparers are located in parishes that have been declared federal disaster areas. 

    • The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana’s board has moved quickly to get relief to nonprofits that are responding to Hurricane Laura, and has raised more than $4 million from individuals and companies in 10 days. 

    • Entergy Louisiana says it has successfully restarted one of its power plants in Calcasieu Parish on Wednesday, which paves the way for restoring power to additional communities impacted by Hurricane Laura in Sulphur and Lake Charles. However, more than 90% of electric customers in Cameron and Calcasieu remained without power Wednesday, according to Louisiana Illuminator.