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  • Livingston officials: property is sinking into Amite River

    September 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT – Livingston Parish emergency officials say homes along the Amite River in the Cypress Point subdivision are sinking into the river. According to LOHSEP Director Mark Harrell, tens of homes are experiencing substantial soil erosion that is causing a safety concern and property loss. In a... more »
  • Amite River falls below flood stage in Louisiana

    August 24, 2016 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The National Weather Service says the entire Amite River is now below flood stage and water levels should continue to fall. Forecaster Fred Zeigler says backwater flooding, which has contributed to widespread flooding, appears to have leveled off and is retreating in some locations of St. John... more »
  • Commission blames Army Corps of Engineers for diversion canal delay

    August 21, 2016 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – In a letter released Sunday, the Amite River Basin blames US Army Corps of Engineers for not completing the Comite River Diversion Canal on time. “We have feared that sooner or later another historic flooding event will strike again with the Amite River and Comite River... more »
  • Commission discusses ways to move Comite Diversion Project forward Play Video

    March 15, 2016 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As residents and business owners are waiting for floodwater to go down, the Amite River Basin Commission met Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting. Board members spoke about the number of phone calls they have received in the last few days about the delayed Comite River... more »
  • Amite River crests in French Settlement Play Video

    March 15, 2016 5:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Amite River reached its crest Tuesday morning in French Settlement as residents looked on at flood waters. That flooding around lower Livingston Parish has turned some homes into islands. People are parking cars on higher ground and using boats to get to and from homes. "Every... more »
  • Residents keep watchful eye on Amite River as it crests, begins to recede Play Video

    March 15, 2016 12:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Most of the Amite River has already reached flood stage and begun receding, but part of the river won't crest until Tuesday morning. It's already crested in Denham Springs, Bayou Manchac and Port Vincent and should be back below flood stage at all three locations by Thursday evening.... more »
  • Ascension OHSEP urges residents to 'stay vigilant'

    March 14, 2016 8:11 AM

    ASCENSION- Leaders in Ascension Parish are urging residents to stay vigilant as the area prepares for more flood waters to move in. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging residents north of LA Hwy 42 to be prepared as the Amite River prepares to crest.... more »
  • Amite River crest lessened, officials still expect flooding Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:45 PM

    GONZALES – Officials in Ascension Parish said Sunday that the Amite River crests have lessened, but residents near waterways will still be impacted early this week. “The potential for widespread flooding throughout Ascension Parish has lessened, but we still want our residents to be vigilant,” President Kenny Matassa said.... more »
  • A look at Ascension Parish flooding while Amite River residents prep for more Play Video

    March 11, 2016 7:31 PM

    ASCENSION - Many areas in Ascension Parish have been left underwater after Thursday night’s storms. One St. Amant resident said that he rarely sees the water rise so close to his home. “I've been here 54 years and this is the second time,” John Morin said. The blocked off... more »
  • Rescuer: Girls stuck in park were 'scared and wet, a little cold' Play Video

    December 23, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two teenage girls rescued from the banks of the Amite River Tuesday night are recovering, sources said. The girls, who have not been identified, were taken to an area hospital after they were found on a river bank. They went missing after a hiking trip. The... more »
  • Plans for proposed Denham Springs park take step forward

    December 14, 2015 11:43 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Plans for a nature park on the banks of the Amite River have taken another step forward. An engineering firm presented a preliminary map to the Denham Springs City Council last week. The design identifies 13 areas where campsites can be located and about 75 lots suitable... more »
  • Amite River, Diversion Canal closed to recreational boat traffic Play Video

    October 26, 2015 2:54 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish announced Monday that the Amite River and Diversion Canal waterways will be closed to recreational boat traffic effective immediately and will remain closed until further notice. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez signed an executive order Monday morning after officials decided to suspect recreational... more »
  • Lower Amite River plagued with shallow, stagnant water Play Video

    July 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    MAUREPAS - The Amite River Basin Commission is getting the ball rolling to solve water quality problems on the lower Amite River. Amite River Basin Commission Executive Director Dietmar Rietschier says the lower Amite River is not getting enough flow past the Diversion Canal. The water is too shallow along... more »
  • Family talks about man who drowned in Amite while trying to save tuber Play Video

    June 19, 2015 11:16 PM

    OPELOUSAS - Family members of a man who died trying to rescue another swimmer from the Amite River talked about the legacy the hero leaves behind. Kenti Thomas drowned in the current on June 13th. Sheriff's deputies said he was trying to swim to a distressed young tuber when... more »
  • Popular boat landing still under repair Play Video

    April 3, 2015 4:44 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The boat landing at Fred's on the River, an Amite River hot spot, will remain under construction for the next few months. In December, the business started construction to repair the landing, but work hasn't finished in time for one of the biggest boating weekends. It was... more »
  • Task force wants to talk to Congress about slow-moving Comite project

    January 13, 2015 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A task force set up to monitor the slow-moving Comite River Diversion Project met for the final time Tuesday. The group, set up by an act of the legislature last year, has been discussing ways to get the program to move faster. The canal project is years... more »
  • Permit denied to use Amite River water for fracking

    January 5, 2015 10:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials have denied a permit that would have allowed an oil company to use water from a scenic river to perform hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for a well in East Feliciana Parish. However, it was a limited, technical victory for the environmentalists who opposed the permit.... more »
  • Lawmakers angry over failed progress at Comite Diversion Canal Play Video

    September 29, 2014 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A tense meeting unfolded at the State Capitol Monday as lawmakers argued over the stalled-out Comite River Diversion Project. The meeting got heated as the group met with project leaders about the lack of progress recently. If the project is ever finished, it should ease flooding... more »
  • Woman killed in boating accident

    July 1, 2014 9:31 PM

    KILLIAN - A boating trip ended deadly for a couple in Livingston Parish. Wildlife and Fisheries agents say a couple may have hit a tree while boating on the Amite River Tuesday night. It happened about one mile south of Pete's Landing. The woman died from her injuries.... more »
  • Bodies of tubers found on Amite River, identified

    June 22, 2014 5:52 PM

    WATSON - Two bodies were found in the Amite River after Livingston Parish deputies say they drowned. Deputies say Joshua Brantley, 26, and Philip White, 26, were tubing when they went missing on the Upper Amite in the Watson area. They were with a group of about 10 of... more »
  • Boaters cruise Amite River after opening Play Video

    June 7, 2014 4:57 PM

    PORT VINCENT - This weekend boaters soaked up the sun on the Amite River days after it was shut down due to high water from heavy rains last week. Jay Randall bought a boat for his family the day Ascension Parish shut down inland waterways. "I was thinking... more »
  • Wildlife agents checking boaters this weekend Play Video

    May 24, 2014 5:02 PM

    MAUREPAS - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries was out in full force Saturday as the first big weekend of the boating season kicked off. Wildlife agents monitored boat traffic on the Amite River while doing boat safety checks. It's part of the Louisiana safe boating week. Agents... more »
  • Last flooded Ascension roads reopened

    February 27, 2014 11:30 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Authorities in Ascension Parish said the last road blocked by backwater flooding were no open. Johnny Richardson with the parish Department of Public Works said crews removed barricades at Summerfield South Road and Airport Drive Thursday morning. Six roads in the northern part of the parish... more »
  • Amite River rising and creating hazards Play Video

    February 24, 2014 9:21 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - High amounts of rain over the weekend led to flooded streets in Ascension Parish. Crews barricaded Idle Hour Road and Kay Street off of Highway 42 Monday. Water from the Amite River has overrun sections of the roads. Drivers can still travel down the roads but... more »
  • Sentimental kayak stolen after Amite River drowning Play Video

    February 15, 2014 5:51 PM

    UPDATE - Perry said the kayak has been found safe and sound, and thanked everyone for their concern. BATON ROUGE - A man's only means to visit where his girlfriend drowned was stolen from his front yard this week. Luke Perry says he used his kayak to float... more »
  • Mom drowns saving child Play Video

    August 6, 2013 10:27 PM

    CLINTON - There was grief in East Feliciana Tuesday night, after a mom died trying to save her child from the Amite River. Martha Dartt of Denham Springs, dove in the river when she saw her child in distress. Sheriff deputies say the 38-year-old was able to get her... more »
  • Sheriff: Mother drowns while saving child

    August 6, 2013 4:38 PM

    CLINTON - Sheriff's deputies said a mother drowned while trying to save a child who in distress in the Amite River today. Deputies in East Feliciana Parish said 38-year-old Martha Dartt from Denham Springs was swimming with her two children when it happened. They got out of the water... more »
  • EBRSO: Man drowns in Amite River after day of drinking Play Video

    July 15, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dive crews with the East Side fire department pulled 25-year-old Jason Kristopher Hamilton Jr.'s body from the Amite River Monday evening. East Baton Rouge Sheriff deputies said Hamilton was drinking at a friends' house before he drowned. "As we understand it, there was alcohol involved,"... more »
  • Body pulled from Amite River Play Video

    July 15, 2013 4:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews pulled the body of a 25-year-old man from the Amite River this evening. Jason Kristopher Hamilton went missing while swimming near Horseshoe Bend Road in East Baton Rouge Parish this afternoon. Sheriff's deputies said a group of adults were swimming in the area when... more »
  • River drowning triggers local response Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:53 PM

    WATSON - A day after Jacques Demare, 21, drowned while tubing down the Amite River, residents in the area are asking for more eyes on the water to keep the river cleaner and safer. Aaron Ott has lived on the edge of the water for nearly a decade. ... more »
  • Ascension to get increased flood protection

    March 25, 2013 7:50 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope two major drainage projects will provide parish residents with increased flood protection. A floodgate, which will help alleviate backwater flooding from the Amite River, is expected to be finished next spring, while a sixth pump at Marvin Braud could go online within the next... more »
  • Waterways reopen in Ascension, Livingston

    February 18, 2013 11:25 AM

    PORT VINCENT - Waterways in Ascension and Livingston parish reopened today at noon after trash buildup shut them down last week. Bayou Manchac, the Amite River and the Diversion Canal are back open to recreational boat traffic. Emergency officials closed them on Friday because of debris-like tree limbs... more »
  • Debris closes Livingston, Ascension waterways Play Video

    February 15, 2013 4:00 PM

    PORT VINCENT - Trash buildup shut down some waterways in Livingston and Ascension parishes today. Bayou Manchac, the Amite River and the Diversion Canal closed to recreational boat traffic at noon. Emergency officials said it was due to debris like tree limbs and plastic bottles washing downstream. People... more »
  • Ascension, Livingston to hold public roads meetings

    February 13, 2013 10:11 AM

    GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension and Livingston will hold meetings next week to discuss an upcoming feasibility study on constructing a new pathway between the parishes. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez made the announcement today. Officials say the study will look at the impacts of building a new... more »

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