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  • Baton Rouge airport director to resign

    September 24, 2016 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will soon need to fill a vacancy. Aviation Director Anthony Marino will resign his post, effective Oct. 14, to pursue another opportunity in the aviation industry. In a statement issued by the airport Friday, Marino says he's enjoyed his 45-year career as... more »
  • Man found dead in Baton Rouge building crawl space Friday

    September 23, 2016 5:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A pest control worker was found dead in a crawl space of a shopping center in a busy shopping district of the city Friday afternoon. Sources told WBRZ, the 31-year-old unidentified man went into the space of a building near the corner of Lobdell and Jefferson... more »
  • Congress praised for early flood aid package, but leaders say more is needed

    September 22, 2016 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards praised Congress for its effort to secure up to $500 million for flood relief Thursday, but stressed the need for additional money to help people in flood-ravaged south Louisiana rebuild. The money is made available in a federal, short-term continuing resolution item.... more »
  • Mom booked into jail after hitting child with belt at disaster shelter

    September 22, 2016 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies booked a mother into jail following the woman being seen hitting her child with a belt at a disaster shelter. Keaire Hatton, 21, was charged with cruelty to juveniles following the altercation. The state is also investigating the situation as possible child abuse. In... more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 EB

    September 22, 2016 9:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-10 eastbound. Thursday morning, the right lane was blocked on I-10 eastbound at Acadian due to an accident involving multiple vehicles. The delay from this incident remains at LA 415 and I-110 South at Capitol Access. News 2's... more »
  • Update on Shelter at Home and FEMA mobile home processes Play Video

    September 22, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal emergency officials released new information Thursday about post-flood disaster housing options. GHOSEP said that the purpose of the meeting was to address immediate housing needs for residents impacted by last month's historic flooding. Many residents have complained that the federal government response... more »
  • CATS board names Bill Deville permanent CEO

    September 20, 2016 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - William "Bill" Deville, who has served as CATS interim CEO, was voted by the board to the permanent position Tuesday night. Deville has acted as interim CEO for the past several months and has worked in transportation for over 32 years. He spent over 22 years... more »
  • Damages to schools in EBR likely to exceed $10 million Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood damage sustained by East Baton Rouge Parish schools is expected to exceed the district's multi-million dollar insurance policy but officials, right now, are more focused on getting flooded campuses up and running again than the price tag of destruction. At Glen Oaks High School Tuesday,... more »
  • Standing water from August flood fueling mosquito issue

    September 20, 2016 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Standing water in southern areas of East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish is fueling an increase in mosquitoes, the EBR mosquito abatement division said in an announcement about continued spraying efforts Tuesday. Aerial spraying will happen Tuesday around twilight along Bayou Fountain and Bayou Manchac. Mosquito... more »
  • Police investigating late night shooting near Baton Rouge nightclub

    September 17, 2016 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating a shooting outside of a nightclub that sent three people to the hospital. A BRPD spokesperson says it happened last night in a parking lot near the Allure Nightclub on Bennington Avenue. Three people were transported to the hospital, two with non-life... more »
  • BRFD responding to fire at Lee Drive condo complex

    September 17, 2016 12:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - BRFD responded to a fire at the Beau Chene condo complex on West Lee Drive Friday. According to fire officials, the fire started before 11 p.m. and burned into the attic of the building before being brought under control. The place the fire started is a... more »
  • Baton Rouge River Center reopens after serving as shelter

    September 16, 2016 9:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge River Center is reopening to the public after serving as a shelter for flood evacuees. The center will reopen to the public Friday after serving as an emergency shelter for 32 days. The Red Cross is accommodating remaining evacuees at Celtic Studios. At... more »
  • Residents concerned over debris-related health issues

    September 15, 2016 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents say they are getting frustrated at possible health risks created by flood debris. "You can taste it, you can smell it," auto body shop owner Timothy Matthews said. Matthews' shop is located near the intersection of Sherwood Forrest Blvd. and Choctaw Drive, right across... more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 EB

    September 15, 2016 9:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-10 eastbound. Thursday morning, the left lane of I-10 EB was closed at Perkins due to an accident. The delay from this incident remains at LA 415. News 2's Ashley Fruge is monitoring the roadways during Good Morning... more »
  • Teenager struck by vehicle on East Pomona Drive in Baton Rouge

    September 14, 2016 9:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - EMS is responding to an accident involving a teenager struck by a vehicle. It happened just before 8 p.m. BRPD Sgt. Don Coppola says a teenage girl was hit in the 9800 block of East Pomona Drive near Orlando Drive. EMS says the teenager is... more »
  • New taxes for roads, mental health center to be discussed Wednesday

    September 13, 2016 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Council will discuss five new tax proposals at its meeting Wednesday. Among the items are taxes on property to pay for new roads and a mental health facility. Also, the council will consider a two-percent tax on hotel rooms to raise money for the newly-created... more »
  • Homeowners left in limbo over whether to elevate their homes Play Video

    September 13, 2016 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Estimates indicate hundreds if not thousands of homeowners are in various stages of limbo, waiting to see if their homes need to be elevated. For those waiting, their recovery is stymied, as they wait to find out details from local and federal governments. The hard hit Centurion Place... more »
  • Man cited after gun fires on CATS bus Tuesday

    September 13, 2016 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A wheelchair-bound man was issued a court summons after his gun accidentally fired inside a CATS bus Tuesday. Police identified the man as Belin Milton, 63. Investigators said Milton was exiting a CATS bus near the intersection of Picardy and Flanders when the gun he was... more »
  • Mayor, officials discuss on-going flood recovery in EBR

    September 12, 2016 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish officials discussed the on-going flood recovery effort Monday with media. The mayor joined top city advisers - from emergency response officers to environmental experts on the city's recovery efforts. Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie thanked the officers of the police... more »
  • Girlfriend charged with negligent homicide in shooting death of boyfriend

    September 11, 2016 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was arrested and charged with negligent homicide this morning in the shooting death of her boyfriend. Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Larriana Hughes said she returned to Christopher Payne's residence after receiving a text message following an argument from earlier in the day, according to... more »
  • LSU wins 34-13; offense revived after QB change

    September 10, 2016 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With Brandon Harris benched, backup quarterback Danny Etling quickly revived the LSU offense to give LSU the lead against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Replacing struggling starter Brandon Harris on LSU's third possession, Etling opened with three straight scoring drives, and the Tigers pulled away for a... more »
  • Flooding causes drop in RVs at LSU game Play Video

    September 10, 2016 12:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE- If you're planning on tailgating for LSU's home opener tomorrow, you might notice something different in the RV lots. Several tiger fans lost their tailgating homes in last month's historic flooding. Fans told us the lack of RVs was obvious on Friday. "There's usually around 50 to 60... more »
  • Post-flood, frustrated riders could wait up to an hour for a bus

    September 9, 2016 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Numerous cancellations frustrated Capital Area Transit System riders Friday as the bus system asked for patience in the system's ongoing effort to restore service with a tattered fleet and tested drivers. Earlier this week, CATS announced it was not offering its bus service to fans attending... more »
  • Praised by viewers of FEMA hearing feed; Who is Rep. Mica?

    September 9, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - People watching WBRZ's Facebook Live feed of the Congressional hearing into FEMA's response to the flood rallied around a Florida lawmaker. "We have to do a better job of meeting our federal responsibility," Congressman John L. Mica (R), said in his closing remarks of the Subcommittee... more »
  • Students use art to cope with flood Play Video

    September 8, 2016 7:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Student art has always lined the hallways at Woodlawn Elementary but Thursday's projects aren't typical. Rows of bright yellow faces, some smiling, some crying, are the creation of the second and third grade classes. "We have a lot of emotions going on right now," said teacher... more »
  • Man leads police on chase in stolen car

    September 7, 2016 11:01 PM

    KENNER - Police arrested Donald Harris of Baton Rouge Tuesday after he stole a vehicle and led police on a chase. Kenner Police's license plate recognition system received a "stolen hit" on a 2006 Honda Accord that had been reported stolen on Sept. 4. Police spotted the stolen... more »
  • West Feliciana's controversial advertisement Play Video

    September 7, 2016 7:59 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A row of signs line the entrance way at the West Feliciana Sports Park encouraging visitors to relocate in the parish. One sign appears to take a jab at Baton Rouge: 'Leave the crime and tuition behind.' Parish President Kevin Couhig said the signs illustrate positive... 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 »
  • NBR residents address debris removal problems Play Video

    September 6, 2016 11:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Community leaders held a meeting Tuesday night to discuss new options for debris removal in East Baton Rouge Parish. The meeting comes after complaints from residents around the Alsen community, claiming the dump site is bringing unwanted commotion. People lined up to show their concern for... more »
  • Extended hours at OMV for flood victims Play Video

    September 5, 2016 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Not all government workers get the Labor Day holiday off. Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles had one office open Monday at Independence Boulevard for flood victims. Since the disaster, drivers have turned in about 400 license plates a day mostly from flooded out cars. The OMV... more »
  • Medically fragile suffer in flood aftermath

    September 4, 2016 9:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - These days it's not uncommon to find makeshift distribution centers giving out badly needed supplies to flood victims. However, Angela Lorio and her team of volunteers are operating a very different kind of center in Baton Rouge. "Our little organization has quickly become this conduit that... more »
  • Hiring illegal contractors has its risks Play Video

    September 1, 2016 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Paying workers under the table for home repairs may be the quickest option for flood victims but it can be costly in the long run. Louisiana requires contractors be certified to protect customers from shaddy work or outright theft. The state keeps a list of qualified contractors... more »
  • AT&T testifies about flood outage fiasco Play Video

    August 31, 2016 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Cell phone company AT&T was on the hot seat Wednesday testifying before the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Officials wanted to know why customers were unable to reach loved ones or call for rescue during recent flooding. "Connectivity, now we've come to rely on that as a way... more »
  • Nearly 850 still living at Baton Rouge River Center Play Video

    August 30, 2016 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Almost two weeks after catastrophic flooding swamped many communities in our area, hundreds are still living in shelters. The Red Cross operates the shelter and said the number of people who are staying there is decreasing each day. The Red Cross estimates it could be another three weeks... more »
  • Family says Nick Tullier responding to doctor's commands

    August 30, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In what may be the largest proof of a miracle yet, family members of injured sheriff's deputy Nick Tullier reported he is responding to some verbal commands. The news comes just a few days after Tullier's father, James, discussed his son's condition in an exclusive interview... more »
  • WBRZ-owned TV station in Texas raises money, collects donations for flood victims Play Video

    August 29, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Two semis and more than $71,000 in cash donations arrived from Texas Monday morning to help in the on going flood relief effort in South Louisiana. The trucks were filled with flood relief supplies – including items such as water, cleaning materials, and diapers. The trucks... more »
  • In Denham Springs, even modest recovery raises hope

    August 28, 2016 2:59 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Even the most modest signs of recovery are lifting weary spirits in Denham Springs, a Baton Rouge suburb at the epicenter of the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana. Floodwaters damaged an estimated 90 percent of homes and businesses in the city, but Mayor Gerard Landry and many... more »
  • Some flooded homes may require elevating Play Video

    August 25, 2016 4:06 PM

    CENTRAL - City building officials in Central want residents to make sure their houses have properly dried out and meet proper elevation standards before repairs begin. Does your home meet elevation standards? Officials stress it's still being determined which homes would require elevating. A town hall meeting for... more »
  • Baton Rouge area gets rain amid flood recovery

    August 21, 2016 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parts of the Baton Rouge were getting thunderstorms with heavy rain as people continued cleaning out homes to recover from recent flooding. The National Weather Service says 2 to 3 inches of rain fell Sunday, and the area was under a flash flood warning until late afternoon.... more »
  • Driver arrested after deadly hit-and-run on the Old Bridge

    August 20, 2016 1:15 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A pedestrian was hit and killed and another man arrested after a hit and run incident around 2 a.m. on US 190. The crash occurred on the Old Mississippi River Bridge. The pedestrian identified as 36 year old Vontravis Stevens of Plauqemine was walking across the... more »
  • Returning favor, USC truck arrives in BR with supplies

    August 20, 2016 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The University of South Carolina equipment semi arrived overnight, hauling a truck-load of supplies for flood victims. The Gamecocks were forced to evacuate South Carolina last season for Baton Rouge when flooding swallowed the university in Columbia, South Carolina, in October 2015. “ LSU was... more »
  • Troopers identify woman killed in Tickfaw crash

    August 20, 2016 12:45 PM

    TICKFAW - Louisiana State Police identified the pedestrian killed when she was truck by a vehicle on US 51 in Tickfaw Friday night. Police say the incident happened after 11 p.m. Friday near the intersection of US 51 and Pardo Rd. in Tickfaw. Investigators say 36-year-old Joni Fricano... more »
  • MREs, water available in EBR until further notice

    August 20, 2016 10:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-parish officials are making supplies available to parish residents until further notice. Points of Distribution, or POD, centers will open at Miracle Place Church, Healing Place Church, First Pentecostal Church and the Greenwell Springs Library. The National Guard will distribute MREs, water and ice. Soldiers... more »
  • When will schools reopen? - Updated closure list

    August 19, 2016 6:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As Baton Rouge area communities begin to rebuild and recover, public schools are set to reopen in most parishes next week. The following schools are scheduled to open on these days: Parish Reopen Date ... more »
  • President plans Tuesday visit to Baton Rouge area

    August 19, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit flood-ravaged areas next week, WBRZ has learned. The president will be in the Baton Rouge area Tuesday. He is scheduled to "get a first hand look at the ... flood damage in the state," ABC News reported. " The... more »
  • EBRSO looking for phone store looter

    August 19, 2016 1:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Deputies are looking for a man who they say shattered the front door of a Baton Rouge phone store and looted four display phones Thursday night. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, the looting happened at 11:12 p.m. Thursday at the Metro PCS store... more »
  • Salvation Army needs volunteers, donations for weekend operations

    August 19, 2016 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Salvation Army says it will continue all operations in south Louisiana through the weekend for residents affected by the flood. Mobile feeding trucks will serve food and drinks as they reach out into the hardest impact areas, the organization says. The donation center located... more »
  • Baton Rouge's summer of grief: Shootings, unrest, now floods

    August 19, 2016 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of catastrophic floods in Louisiana's capital city say they've seen people pull together - white and black, officers and civilians - in ways that give hope amid a summertime string of tragedies. It's been a summer of pain in greater Baton Rouge, a city rocked by... more »
  • Donald Trump meets with flood victims Friday

    August 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Donald Trump arrived at the airport to tour flood damaged areas shortly before 9:30 Friday morning. It seemed Trump's visit was attempted to be secret, but his travel plans were revealed first on Twitter and then on WBRZ News 2 at 6:00 Thursday. Early Friday morning,... more »
  • High water closed parts of Highland Road overnight

    August 19, 2016 1:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Highland Road closed in front of Highland Road Community Park late Thursday night. DOTD announced the low-lying area of Highland closed between Highland Oaks and Amiss Drive due to high water. It was unclear when the advisory was issued as to when the road could reopen.... more »
  • City asks people to move animal remains to the curb

    August 18, 2016 10:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City officials asked people with dead animals on their property to move carcasses to the roadside right-of-way. Crews will remove the carcasses of dead animals, the city of Baton Rouge said in a news release Thursday. It was not immediately clear when removal will start. Thought,... more »
  • Trump, Pence to tour flood ravaged Louisiana

    August 18, 2016 7:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump will tour the flood damage in ravaged Louisiana Friday. A campaign official familiar with the plans says the GOP nominee and his running mate Mike Pence will travel to the state on Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the plans before... more »
  • Areas of North Baton Rouge experienced rising water Wednesday night

    August 17, 2016 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Concerned about the possibility of becoming trapped in rising water, people called police reporting high water in areas around the airport late Wednesday. Police said they received reports of high water along Scenic Highway and Harding Boulevard around 9 p.m. Wednesday. A police spokesperson said as... more »
  • Some CATS routes remain in limited services

    August 17, 2016 8:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Capital Area Transit System says Wednesday will see limited service to most of its lines in the city on Wednesday. Flooding limited access to many routes. CATS buses were also used in rescue and evacuation efforts. Service has been restored to most routes as... more »
  • 11 deaths confirmed in Louisiana flooding

    August 16, 2016 11:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Eleven deaths have been confirmed as a result of storms and flooding in south Louisiana. Devin George, state registrar for vital records, said Tuesday the latest confirmed death occurred in Rapides Parish. He did not immediately provide details. Of the other deaths, five were in East Baton... more »
  • Helicopter crew saves family, infant from flooded car in Livingston Parish

    August 16, 2016 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Coast Guard continues to respond to flooding in Baton Rouge, rescuing an additional 12 people on Monday night. They assisted with another 34 rescues. At about 8 p.m. Monday, a helicopter crew was diverted to rescue a family of three, including a five-day-old infant... more »
  • Most people in Livingston Parish lost everything, sheriff says

    August 15, 2016 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rescue efforts stretched into their fourth day on Monday as a new week began along with the first glimmerings of recovery in an area decimated by floods over the weekend. More than 15,000 people were rescued in Livingston Parish alone since Friday with those efforts remaining... more »
  • 10,000 in shelters after catastrophic flooding

    August 15, 2016 2:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes and search efforts will continue on Monday as widespread, catastrophic flooding came to south Louisiana. The rising water was centered around Baton Rouge, Denham Springs and surrounding parishes. 10,000 of the number rescued spent Sunday night... more »
  • Neighbors say woman died after car swept away by high water

    August 14, 2016 9:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff’s deputies say divers recovered the body of a woman inside of a flooded vehicle on Northridge at North Hampton on Sunday. EBRSO deputies said they were notified of high water by the Brownsfield Fire Department and dive teams responded to investigate. Divers discovered a vehicle... more »
  • Drone footage shows scale of Baton Rouge flooding Play Video

    August 14, 2016 8:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several drone operators have submitted shocking aerial footage of South Louisiana over the past few days. The latest drone video comes from Preaux Motion Video and shows flood damage around Fox Hill apartments in the 8500 block of Greenwell Springs Road. The footage is available... more »
  • Latest listing of shelters open in flooded parishes

    August 13, 2016 6:10 PM

    East Baton Rouge Parish: Baker Civic Club 2640 N Magnolia Baker, LA BREC Park at Hamilton Avenue 16200 Hamilton Avenue Baton Rouge, LA BREC Park at Flannery 801 Flannery Road Baton Rouge, LA F.G. Clark Activity Center 801 Harding Blvd Baton Rouge, LA Leo... more »
  • BR 911 lines overloaded with calls for surrounding parishes

    August 13, 2016 7:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Residents of Baton Rouge attempting to use 911 this morning may be unable to get through due to the high volume of calls coming in from surrounding parishes. BRPD said as flood water has risen overnight in neighboring parishes, the calls have continued to come in.... more »
  • I-110 is now open

    August 12, 2016 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - I-110 is now open, but the right lane remains blocked. Both lanes of I-110 were closed past Florida Boulevard Friday morning due to high water and multiple incidents in the area. There were heavy delays. #BREAKING I-110 at Capitol Access closed due to high... more »

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