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  • Obama talks with Tennessee governor about fires

    December 1, 2016 10:04 AM

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. - President Barack Obama has spoken with Tennessee's governor to offer support for residents gravely affected by recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. A statement from the White House says Obama asked Republican Gov. Bill Haslam for an update on the ongoing response to the wildfires, which... more »
  • Gov. Edwards going back to Washington for flood aid

    November 8, 2016 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington this week, as he tries to build the case that Louisiana needs more federal assistance to recover from the summer flooding. The Democratic governor is seeking $4 billion in federal aid to respond to the flooding that hit south... more »
  • Edwards to travel to D.C. to discuss additional federal assistance following flood

    November 7, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the state's need for additional federal assistance following the flood in August. Edwards and congressional delegation lobbied Congress for an initial recovery down payment of $438 million .... more »
  • Livingston residents can get FEMA assistance for damaged graves

    November 3, 2016 11:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON – A community meeting will be held for residents with family members buried in Livingston Parish to get assistance for the reburial of caskets that were displaced by the August flood. According to the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 21 cemeteries have been damaged... more »
  • Louisiana receives $438 million 'down payment' for flood assistance

    October 13, 2016 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that the state will receive $438 million for flood recovery. Edwards’ announcement comes two months after devastating floods ravaged south Louisiana. The flood recovery money will also go to rebuilding efforts for the severe flooding in March. “Historic... more »
  • FEMA and SBA disaster assistance deadline extended until Nov 14

    October 12, 2016 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need FEMA assistance after August’s historic flooding have until Nov. 14 to apply for individual assistance. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the deadline extension on Wednesday afternoon. FEMA hopes the additional time will make sure that everyone affected by... more »
  • Senator: Louisiana to get $437M in flood recovery assistance

    October 8, 2016 11:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Bill Cassidy says Louisiana will get $437 million of the $500 million in flood recovery assistance allocated by Congress. Cassidy announced the news in a press release Friday. Congress approved the $500 million in flood recovery assistance as part of a hybrid spending measure passed in... more »
  • Senate passes spending bill with $500 million flood assistance

    September 28, 2016 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a bill to keep the government running through Dec. 9, providing $1.1 billion in funding to battle the Zika virus and and $500 million to Louisiana flood aid. The 72-26 vote came after top congressional leaders broke through a stalemate over aid to Flint,... more »
  • Shelter at Home program leaves mess in St. Amant home Play Video

    September 21, 2016 11:37 PM

    ST. AMANT - Some homeowners are fed up with contractors not finishing the job they were hired to do by the state's Shelter at Home program. At one home in St. Amant, a mess was left behind for the homeowners to clean up. Connie and Paul Braud contacted Two... more »
  • Residents can file for temporary housing aid extension

    September 21, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need extended temporary housing assistance from FEMA must provide proper documents to make the request. According to FEMA, residents that are eligible for the extension can use the temporary housing assistance to pay for a place to live. To receive the extension, residents... more »
  • FEMA reminds applicants of their right to appeal a decision for disaster assistance

    September 20, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reminds applicants of their right to appeal a decision made by officials for disaster assistance. FEMA officials remind applicants to read their determination letter in its entirety to understand why their application was labeled "ineligible." If applicants believe a mistake has been made or have... more »
  • Louisiana farmers and ranchers have options for flood recovery assistance

    September 19, 2016 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Farmers and ranchers affected by last month's flooding could be eligible for assistance from several agencies. The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to farmers and ranchers for rebuilding or repairing their primary homes and replacing lost or damaged personal property. Victims can call the SBA... more »
  • Governor Edwards increases request for federal assistance to $2.8 billion

    September 12, 2016 2:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards sent an additional letter to President Barack Obama updating the state's request for federal assistance for an additional $800 million, bringing the total to amount to $2.8 billion. The additional $800 million requested will be used on projects to protect homes and... more »
  • FEMA to start contacting applicants by text

    September 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announces that flood victims who applied for federal help may soon get a text from officials to let them know of their application status. FEMA says it is using texts to connect with applicants in an effort to enhance communications as it allows to communicate... more »
  • FEMA to start contacting applicants by text

    September 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announces that flood victims who applied for federal help may soon get a text from officials to let them know of their application status. FEMA says it is using texts to connect with applicants in an effort to enhance communications as it allows to communicate... more »
  • FEMA appears to be setting up manufactured housing community near airport Play Video

    September 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA's mobile homes are being set up in an abandoned trailer park community off Blount Road. Wednesday, WBRZ recorded video of workers adding aprons around the bottom of trailers and utility crews connecting lines to each unit. The lot is a stone's throw north of the... more »
  • FEMA urges St. James, West Baton Rouge flood survivors to register for assistance

    September 1, 2016 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. James and West Baton Rouge parish disaster survivors may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance, according to FEMA. They join the list of 22 parishes in which survivors may be eligible for FEMA assistance. FEMA lists three ways to apply for assistance: ... more »
  • Deadline for disaster unemployment assistance extended

    September 1, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission is extending the disaster unemployment assistance application period to Oct. 14 for those who have been affected by the recent historic flooding. Parishes included in the application period are: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis,... more »
  • Officials advise applicants not to splurge their disaster assistance grants

    August 31, 2016 2:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal officials are advising flood applicants who have received disaster assistance grants or loans to resist the urge to splurge and make smart decisions with their recovery funds. With more than $202 million in assistance already granted to applicants, officials remind that assistance is... more »
  • Officials recommend tips to FEMA applicants denied flood assistance

    August 30, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency and FEMA are encouraging applicants who have received denial letters for flood assistance to read the letters carefully to find out why. According to officials, some applicants that have been denied are only missing a portion of necessary... more »
  • Two more days for DSNAP phase 2 applications

    August 25, 2016 4:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials anncouned locations for Phase 2 of DSNAP application process for residents impacted by last week's historic flooding. Phase 2 includes sites in Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge and Lafayette parishes starting next week. Applications will be accepted at the DSNAP sites starting Monday, Aug.... more »
  • Office hours extended to accept disaster unemployment claims

    August 25, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced extended office hours for their call-center to accept disaster unemployment assistance claims. LWC staff members will answer calles made to 1-866-783-5567 and assist those who file for disaster unemployment assistance from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. until further notice. Individuals... more »
  • BRAF starts employee assistance fund for LSU employees affected by flood

    August 23, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has established the LSU Employee Assistance Fund to help LSU employees who have been affected by the recent flood. The fund was started at the request of LSU President, F. King Alexander. "While the LSU campus was relatively untouched, many... more »
  • Get free legal advice during the flood aftermath

    August 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims can access free legal advice to help guide them through the recovery process. Victims will have a lot of questions and this service is aimed at getting answers. Here are examples of the legal assistance available: · Help securing FEMA and other... more »
  • Affected parishes eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    August 16, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – President Barack Obama granted a major disaster declaration for 12 Louisiana parishes, making disaster unemployment assistance available to businesses and residents whose employment was lost or interrupted as a result of the recent flooding. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance from residents... more »
  • Deadline to apply for FEMA help June 13

    June 4, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those with disaster damage that occurred March 8... more »
  • Tornado victims counting on FEMA assistance; it's not coming Play Video

    May 2, 2016 10:29 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Two months after a tornado turned lives upside down, Assumption Parish residents have been told the damage wasn't bad enough for them to receive assistance from the federal government . Construction crews are in the process of rebuilding homes, while others have been leveled. "We... more »
  • Avoyelles Parish added to flooding disaster list

    April 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    GREENSBURG - Avoyelles Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. Avoyelles joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison,... more »
  • St. Helena Parish added to flooding disaster area

    April 4, 2016 7:47 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. As of Tuesday afternoon, residents are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. St. Helena joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo,... more »
  • FEMA opens shop in Livingston; Ascension is next Play Video

    March 29, 2016 7:38 PM

    SATSUMA - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened its doors Tuesday in Livingston Parish.. The center is located at the Satsuma Village mall just off of I-12. After floodwater covered areas of Livingston Parish and surrounding areas, residents like Megan Willis are ready for recovery efforts to begin. "It was... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers in place to help flood recovery

    March 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As cleanup and recovery begins after damaging rain and flooding, federal disaster officials have set up recovery centers across Louisiana to aid residents. FEMA says it has opened several Disaster Recovery Centers accross the state to help residents as cleanup efforts begin. Volunteers and represenatives from... more »
  • FEMA Dos and Donts for Louisiana Flood Survivors

    March 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Dos: Do file a claim with their insurance company. Do register for FEMA disaster assistance. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or VRS may call 800-621-3362. Do know that FEMA grants may help pay... more »
  • Livingston to host assistance meeting for storm victims Thursday

    February 25, 2016 5:04 PM

    LIVINGSTON - There will be a town meeting Thursday to help people who lost homes in the tornado this week get assistance. People from the town and other areas of the parish are encouraged to attend, organizers said. The meeting is at the Livingston Municipal Building located at 20550... more »
  • Free help filing taxes Play Video

    March 26, 2015 6:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A new tax program is offering help to people in the capital area. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is available to the elderly, disabled, and people with low to moderate income. "It's a free program, so not only can you save the money to get... more »
  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet

    September 18, 2014 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says $46 million in new assistance that the U.S. will provide to Ukraine's military will help the country defend against Russian aggression. Obama, however, stopped short of meeting an urgent request from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for lethal aid to help his country in its... more »
  • Taxpayers have more questions this season Play Video

    February 19, 2014 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This year a delay in state tax refunds and numerous new questions are causing headaches for taxpayers and more work for tax preparers. Steve Everly, the district manager of Jackson Hewitt, taxpayers in Louisiana can expect their refund money about two weeks later than usual. He... more »
  • Group: Voter registration grew at assistance sites

    July 17, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A voting rights group says thousands of poor Louisianians have registered to vote because of its pressure on state public assistance agencies to provide the applications. Nonprofit organization Project Vote says more than 29,000 people applied to vote in 2011 and 2012 through sites that offer registration... more »
  • Red Cross volunteers assisting after explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    GEISMAR - The Baton Rouge chapter of the Red Cross deployed volunteers today to help people affected by this morning's explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar. Volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support for workers and families with loved ones who were hurt in the... more »
  • Police: MAP employee hit, killed by his vehicle

    March 25, 2013 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police released the details about a crash that killed a Motorist Assistance Patrol worker Monday. Jim Gilmer, 68, was killed when his specialized state vehicle ran over him after it was rear-ended by a semi. The crash happened Monday morning in a westbound lane on I-10... more »
  • MAP worker killed in Monday crash

    March 25, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man killed on the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge Monday worked for the state Motorist Assistance Patrol, known as MAP. State transportation leaders said the employee was called to the westbound lanes of the bridge to remove debris. He was killed in a two-vehicle crash. Details of... more »
  • People with flood damage asked to call it in

    January 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials asked Livingston Parish residents to take time from their cleanup efforts and call in any water damage they received from recent flooding. The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness needs the information to apply for any public assistance that could be made... more »

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