After Delta rips tarps off homes of Laura victims, Operation Blue Roof to restart in Louisiana | Weather/Traffic

After Hurricane Delta ripped off the blue tarp roofs installed after Hurricane Laura tore through southwest Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday the state is returning to a federal program for storm victims to get the temporary roofs put on their homes once again.

“Many of those (tarps) didn’t make it through Hurricane Delta,” Edwards said during a brief news conference before touring more storm-affected parishes. “So we’re going to turn that back on for the same six parishes” that were eligible for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers program.

Those parishes are Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon parishes. People can call (888) 766-3258 or go to usace.army.mil/blueroof to sign up. 

Edwards said the number of power outages has been cut in half, from a peak of 688,000 outages to 348,609 as of noon Sunday. While Delta cut a wide swath of damage to electrical grids,

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Blue Star Contemporary’s Red Dot art sale app lets you see, buy art virtually

Blue Star Red Dot, the biggest art sale and fundraiser each year for Blue Star Contemporary, is going high-tech with an augmented reality app being built specifically for the event. It’s just one of the ways that art lovers can see the work and support the exhibition space.

Stoke, a San Antonio-based augmented reality development studio, is creating the free app, which will go live on Wednesday and can be used through Oct. 4. It’s called Blue Star Red Dot and is available for iOS and Android.

“We think it is going to revolutionize the way that people share and display art and how we support art, especially in a changing world like we’re experiencing today,” said Patrick Atwater, founder and CEO of Stoke, during a media preview of the app.

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Red Dot, which raises roughly one-third of Blue Star’s budget

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