WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2017, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:06:15 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 9-year-old girl missing on Tangipahoa River; search suspended overnight http://www.wbrz.com/news/9-year-old-girl-missing-on-tangipahoa-river-search-suspended-overnight/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/9-year-old-girl-missing-on-tangipahoa-river-search-suspended-overnight/ Top Story Sun, 25 Jun 2017 5:57:42 PM WBRZ Staff 9-year-old girl missing on Tangipahoa River; search suspended overnight

INDEPENDENCE - Several local agencies armed with boats and dive teams are canvassing the Tangipahoa River in search of a 9-year-old girl who disappeared while playing in the river Sunday afternoon.

According to a report from WWL, the young girl was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The search is centered on the Serenity Sands area, according to Dennis Crocker, the Tangipahoa Parish Fire Administrator. 

The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said the search was put on hold around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night due to elevated water levels. Personel will remain on the scene overnight and the search is set to continue as soon as daylight returns Monday morning. 

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said the girl was playing in the water with another child, an 8-year-old girl, when both began having problems.

"It's probably a recovery at this point," Miller told WWL. "It's a terrible situation. The family is in shock. When people realize how fast the water is moving, please stay out of it.

Miller said a bystander went in the water and was able to rescue the 8-year-old girl.

According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, multiple agencies are assisting in the search, including St. John Parish Sheriff's Office, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, Wildlife and Fisheries, and several local Fire Departments.

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Watson residents say new drainage ditches will do more harm than good http://www.wbrz.com/news/watson-residents-say-new-drainage-ditches-will-do-more-harm-than-good/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/watson-residents-say-new-drainage-ditches-will-do-more-harm-than-good/ Top Story Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:21:27 PM Earl Phelps Watson residents say new drainage ditches will do more harm than good

WATSON - Big drainage ditches are being dug and huge culverts are being installed on Olivia drive in Watson. 

Homeowners say flooding issues needed to be addressed in the area, but also say this is too much.

Jeff Garland says his driveway was removed for the drainage project.

"I think they are over doing it," Garland said.

His truck gets stuck every time he tries to leave home, and he says he will have to pay out of his own pocket to build a new driveway.

"I think if the parish is the one taking the concrete out, they aught to put it back," Garland said.?

Eddie Wright lives right down the street. He's upset because the ditch in front of his house is deeper than the the nearby canal.

"The last hard rains we had, the canal backed up into my ditch. Instead of draining, the canal was draining into it," Wright said.

It will also be almost impossible to cut the grass that will will eventually grow in the bigger ditches.

Being twice as deep as the old ones, homeowners say the new drainage ditches are a safety hazard. They argue that the ditches are too deep and are dangerous for children in the area, especially when filled to the top with rain water.

"I got a 5-year old that can clearly walk in the culvert they put in there and a 32-year old husky puppy... And both of them can go right up into that culvert," Wright said.

Parish officials say the engineering study shows that the deeper ditches are necessary to keep the neighborhood from flooding. They also say the homeowners association was informed that residents would have to replace the driveways before the project started.

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One hurt in shooting on E. Brookstown Drive http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-hurt-in-shooting-on-e-brookstown-drive/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/one-hurt-in-shooting-on-e-brookstown-drive/ Top Story Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:01:46 PM Jeremy Krail One hurt in shooting on E. Brookstown Drive

BATON ROUGE - One person was injured in a shooting on East Brookstown Drive Sunday night. 

The shooting occurred around 9:50 p.m. in the 5000 block of East Brookstown Drive near St. Gerard Avenue. According to Baton Rouge Police, the victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.

Police say the victim sustained non life-threatening injuries.

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Outreach events planned for flood victims in Baton Rouge area http://www.wbrz.com/news/outreach-events-planned-for-flood-victims-in-baton-rouge-area/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/outreach-events-planned-for-flood-victims-in-baton-rouge-area/ Top Story Sun, 25 Jun 2017 8:47:22 PM Jeremy Krail Outreach events planned for flood victims in Baton Rouge area

BATON ROUGE - A series of outreach events has been planned for the Baton Rouge area in order to help flood victims get the assistance they need.

Three outreach events have been scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the high volume of flood-impacted homeowners visiting the Baton Rouge housing assistance center. 

Representatives with Restore LA will be available to answer questions, provide information and work directly with homeowners on a first-come, first-served basis to complete the program survey. The survey is the first step in requesting help through the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. 

All homeowners are encouraged to complete the survey, even if they don't believe they qualify for assistance. More homeowners may qualify as more funds become available. 

The three events are scheduled as follows:

June 27, 3-7 p.m.

Livingston Parish – South Branch Library
23477 La.  444, Livingston, LA 70754 

June 28, 3-7 p.m. 

East Baton Rouge Parish – Greenwell Springs Library 
11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70814

June 29, 3-7 p.m. 

Ascension Parish – St. Amant High School Cafetorium
12035 La. 431, St. Amant, LA 70774

Housing assistance centers in Lafayette, Hammond, Monroe and Baton Rouge are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Homeowners unable to attend an outreach event can complete the survey online at restore.la.gov or speak to a representative by phone 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday at (866) 735-2001.  

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