January 30, 2014 5:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - A few icy spots remained around southern Louisiana Thursday, but the numbers for how much the storm cost parish governments are already trickling in.
"We were concerned about some ice breaking and causing damage, but that didn't happen," West Baton Rouge Parish President "Pee Wee" Berthelot... more »
December 5, 2013 2:35 PM
LIVINGSTON - A former Livingston Parish contractor accused of falsifying billing invoices and theft related to parish Hurricane Gustav cleanup work, is now facing dozens of charges.
The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information Tuesday charging Corey Delahoussaye with 73 counts of filing or maintaining... more »
November 26, 2013 7:55 AM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish district attorney says he will file charges against a former parish contractor after a grand jury fell one vote short of indicting him on allegations he falsified billing invoices for work related to Hurricane Gustav cleanup.
District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he will file... more »
September 13, 2013 5:51 PM
NEW ROADS - After six hours of fishing on the False River, Mike Kilcrease came back empty-handed.
Skill had nothing to do with it, though: it's the lack of fish in the river.
For 30 years fishermen have watched their catch crumble, and now yearn for the days... more »
August 16, 2013 10:51 AM
BATON ROUGE - After a series of reports by News 2 investigators, public works crews in Baton Rouge began cleaning an abandoned firehouse today.
DPW crews started cleaning up a firehouse at Osage and Pocahontas at 7:15 a.m. Friday, removing trash, dumped tires, and dozens of condoms found on... more »
August 5, 2013 5:07 PM
LAWTELL- At least 150 people will spend another night away from their homes as officials 60 miles west of Baton Rouge work to clean up hazardous chemicals after a train derailed Sunday.
The 76 car train was traveling to Livonia when it derailed in St. Landry Parish. There were... more »
July 14, 2013 6:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- Residents in the Capital City spent the afternoon cleaning up after strong storms with straight line winds knocked down trees, power lines, and caused headaches for homeowners.
The storms swept through the area around 2:30 this afternoon, causing problems off Sherwood Forest. At one complex, garage doors... more »
July 2, 2013 11:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A new Coast Guard official has been assigned to coordinate the federal government's cleanup efforts following BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard announced Tuesday that Capt. Thomas Sparks has taken over as the federal on-scene coordinator for the Gulf Coast Incident... more »
June 10, 2013 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC says cleanup work is ending in three of the states affected by the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The London-based oil giant said Monday that the Coast Guard is concluding "active cleanup operations" in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, but the... more »
May 23, 2013 2:11 PM
MOORE, Okla. - A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week. The first of the funerals, for a 9-year-old girl killed at a Moore elementary school that took a... more »
May 17, 2013 4:24 PM
LAPLACE - Hurricane season just is days away. For some, the memory of Isaac is still fresh, since the cleanup hasn't stopped.
St. John the Baptist is one of those parishes still picking up the pieces after Isaac devastated the town of Laplace.
"We feel like we're coming... more »
April 30, 2013 8:14 AM
WALKER - Cleanup is underway along I-12 near Juban Rd. (LA 447) following an early morning vehicle fire.
An 18 wheeler caught fire just before 5am Tuesday.
Eastbound traffic had to be diverted for about two hours, but has since re-opened to traffic leaving only the right lane... more »
February 13, 2013 12:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The crowds and music of Mardi Gras gave way to street sweepers and push brooms in New Orleans' French Quarter this morning.
Business owners hosed off sidewalks outside bars, restaurants, strip joins and souvenir shops. A few tourists dodged the Ash Wednesday cleanup, many with smudged... more »
December 11, 2012 3:16 PM
BAKER - Residents spent the day assessing damage and cleaning up their properties following a tornado that tore through parts of Alsen and Baker.
Carey Lee and some of his neighbors told News 2 they only had seconds to react when they heard the sound of a train.
... more »
October 19, 2012 7:53 PM
HENDERSON- All lanes of I-10 West have reopened, after a crash nearly 24 hours ago.
Thursday night, two 18-wheelers crashed into each each other at the foot of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. The wreck caused a large fire, and one of the trucks spilled its load of drilling mud,... more »
October 19, 2012 4:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - State Police reopened one lane of I-10 West around 6:30 p.m., nearly 24 hours after a deadly 18-wheeler crash near Henderson.
Barrels and caution signs will be placed to warn drivers on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge of the one-lane area, and troopers warned drivers to expect... more »
October 16, 2012 10:15 AM
ZACHARY- Authorities arrested a Zachary couple after they said they found an illegal meth lab inside their apartment.
According to police, last Thursday the Delta Drug Task Force investigated information they received from neighbors about a possible meth lab inside the apartment in the 1100 block of Willow Creek... more »
October 2, 2012 1:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP PLC and the Coast Guard were excoriated Tuesday by Louisiana's Republican U.S. senator who charged the oil giant was trying to "run away from its full cleanup responsibilities" two years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill and that federal regulators are "too cozy" with BP.... more »
September 11, 2012 8:58 AM
AMITE - Tangipahoa Parish crews are cleaning up debris from Hurricane Isaac in the southern end of the parish.
Parish President Gordon Burgess says the task of eliminating all the waste should be completed in several weeks.
Burgess says some home and camp owners decided to throw damaged... more »
September 10, 2012 10:27 AM
GONZALES - Hurricane Isaac cleanup begins in Ascension Parish today. Parish officials say contractor DRC begins storm debris pickup Monday, beginning with vegetative debris only on the first collection pass through the parish. An area encompassing all of unincorporated Ascension, the city of Donaldsonville and the town of Sorrento has... more »
September 7, 2012 6:05 PM
LAPLACE- Cleanup continues in St. John Parish more than a week after Hurricane Isaac sent flood water into several neighborhoods near Lake Pontchartrain.
Residents whose property took on several feet of water are just beginning to deal with the damage caused by the flooding.
"It was like the... more »
September 6, 2012 4:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - More trucks hit the streets of East Baton Rouge Parish today with a new system to get as much of Isaac's leftover debris cleaned up as quickly as possible.
The Department of Public Works said yesterday that debris cleanup in the parish could take 45 more... more »
September 5, 2012 4:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Leaders in East Baton Rouge Parish expect cleanup from Hurricane Isaac to take another few weeks to complete.
David Guillory, interim public works director, said storm debris pickup officially started Monday in the parish in ZIP codes 70815 and 70805. He said they expect it to... more »
September 5, 2012 4:21 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish leaders announced storm debris pickup after Hurricane Isaac would start on Monday.
Parish engineers asked that people put out "vegetative debris" in front of their homes for pick up first, and put other debris in a separate pile to be picked up later. Debris piles... more »
September 3, 2012 5:48 PM
LAPLACE - Neighborhoods in St. John the Baptist Parish continued cleaning up homes today which had up to three feet of water inside of them just a few days ago.
Debris and damaged possessions stacked nearly ten feet high lined most streets as hundreds of homeowners waited for remediation... more »
September 3, 2012 3:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Workforce Commission asked the U. S. Department of Labor for $3.35 million to pay unemployed people to to do cleanup work from Hurricane Isaac.
The National Emergency Grant application would pay for work in 20 parishes, as well as other career counseling and assessment... more »
August 23, 2012 5:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - Traffic engineers said portions of I-10 will need to be closed again to clean up damage from the controlled burn of a wrecked tanker truck yesterday.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the repairs would be combined with other regular construction activities, and are expected... more »
June 5, 2012 5:54 PM
LIVONIA- After an estimated 80,000 gallons of oil were cleaned up in Pointe Coupee Parish, residents and businesses are seeing a big benefit from ExxonMobil's cleanup effort.
"I'm well pleased with Exxon and all their employees," said Melva Williams, who lives near the spill site, "If I had another... more »
June 5, 2012 10:40 AM
TOLBERT- Cleanup efforts have completed at an oil spill site in Pointe Coupee Parish and now ExxonMobil is shifting to reclamation and remediation work.
ExxonMobil says they've done everything they can to ensure a successful cleanup at the site where more than 80,000 gallons of oil reportedly spilled from... more »
April 30, 2012 5:37 PM
TORBERT, La.- ExxonMobil is rushing to clean up at least 80,000 gallons of crude oil that leaked from one of their pipelines over the weekend.
Engineers in Houston noticed a loss of pressure in the pipeline Saturday night and immediately shut it down, but the source of the leak... more »
April 20, 2012 10:21 AM
BAKER - Two people were arrested for cooking meth in Baker and your tax payer dollars paid for the cleanup.
The after affects of criminal behavior may be more costly than you think.
News 2's Sarah Rosario gets answers tonight on News 2 at 5 p.m. more »
March 26, 2012 2:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - A behind-the-scenes firestorm of the legislative session centers on a big-money, years-long dispute between landowners and the oil and gas industry over how cleanup should be handled of environmental damage from drilling years ago. More than a dozen bills on the issue are filed. Leaders of the... more »
March 22, 2012 10:38 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Following an EF-1 tornado residents near Dutchtown are still picking up the pieces of their homes.
Strong winds also blew through Walker, where a possible tornado left one home in shambles.
Both Ascension and Livingston Parishes offer FirstCall Emergency notifications to give citizens a heads up during... more »
December 21, 2011 5:26 AM
TOKYO (AP) - Japan has released a new long-term cleanup plan for its tsunami-hit nuclear plant that would take as many as 40 years to fully decommission while keeping the still vulnerable facility safely under control. Trade Minister Yukio Edano said Wednesday that the government plans to move through the... more »
October 5, 2011 2:11 PM
HOUSTON - Five coastal states are determined to clean up the damaged Gulf of Mexico ecosystem after last year's oil spill highlighted how decades of contamination and deterioration had placed a backbone of the U.S. economy at risk of ruin, according to a federal report released Wednesday.
The Gulf... more »
September 16, 2011 8:40 AM
GULF SHORES- BP has denied a request from the Alabama town of Gulf Shores for more beach-cleaning machinery to remove tar balls left by Tropical Storm Lee.
A company representative said crews instead would work longer hours and watch to see if reinforcements are needed.
After the storm... more »
September 6, 2011 6:11 PM
KILLIAN - People in Livingston Parish returned to their homes today to begin cleaning up after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee this weekend.
"Bleaching down everything, power washing everything... We'll be cleaning up for the next couple of days for sure." said Killian resident Jason Pennington, whose downstairs... more »
September 2, 2011 12:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - Firefighting efforts at a large marsh fire and oil cleanup operations were suspended in south Louisiana and the Gulf today because of the approaching tropical depression.
Governor Bobby Jindal said today that the National Guard and Coast Guard had stopped their work because of the threat... more »
August 9, 2011 2:08 AM
ST. MARTINVILLE- Crews are working to clean an oil spill in Saint Martin Parish. Authorities say the spill was discovered late last month at the Catahoula Landing, near Catahoula Lake. The source of the leak was an opened-bottom tank valve on a production barge owned by WLE of New Iberia.... more »
July 16, 2011 11:48 AM
CAMINADA HEADLAND, La.- Cleanup after the BP oil spill has turned up dozens of sites where archaeologists are finding human and animal bones, pottery and primitive weapons left behind by pre-historic Indian settlements.
It's a trove of new clues about the Gulf Coast's mound dwellers more than 1,300 years... more »
June 16, 2011 2:16 PM
NEW IBERIA, La - People are back in 68 homes and businesses in New Iberia, two days after a chemical fire forced evacuation.
But Louisiana State Police say they won't reopen the street in front of Multi-Chem Corp. until the cleanup at the plant is complete.
Trooper Stephen... more »
April 1, 2011 11:46 AM
NEW ORLEANS- The commander of the New Orleans-based Coast Guard District says the BP oil spill sparked an "evolution of crisis response."
Rear Adm. Mary Landry told an advocacy group the Coast Guard won't let up on cleanup efforts along the coast.
Landry served as Federal On Scene... more »
March 7, 2011 12:37 PM
RAYNE - Homeowners on the west side of Rayne returned to try and pick up the pieces after a tornado left a path of destruction five miles long.
One person was killed and 12 injured when the storm moved through Saturday. According to the National Weather Service at least... more »
March 6, 2011 12:08 PM
RAYNE, La.- Officials say some 1,500 people cannot return to their homes after a tornado ripped through southwestern Louisiana, killing a woman trying to shield her child and injuring a dozen others.
Carroll Stelly, the police chief in the town of Rayne, said Sunday that about 150 homes had... more »
February 25, 2011 6:15 PM
LIVINGSTON - A group of contractors is suing Livingston Parish for $52 million dollars, part of a lingering dispute over debris cleanup after Hurricane Gustav.
The contractors say the work was supervised by the parish and the crews deserve to be paid.
Some landowners have complained about the... more »
February 11, 2011 5:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says the cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage to the ecosystem than leaving what oil is left alone.
A Coast Guard report released Friday says... more »
February 8, 2011 3:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Several companies hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its subcontractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O'Brien's Response Management... more »
December 31, 2010 4:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - The eastbound lanes of I-12 at the O'Neal exit are back open after an 18-wheeler wreck caused it to be closed most of the day.
Louisiana State Police said the interstate opened after an 11-hour cleanup operation which started at 6 a.m. when a truck hauling... more »
December 23, 2010 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Actor Stephen Baldwin is suing fellow movie star Kevin Costner over their investments in a device that BP used to try to clean up the massive Gulf oil spill.
Baldwin filed a lawsuit Wednesday and a friend says Costner and a business partner cut them out of... more »
November 20, 2010 4:10 PM
BATON ROUGE- Dozens of teens from the Louisiana Youth Challenge Program scoured the streets of the Brookstown neighborhood Saturday morning to help clean up the community. The Challenge program targets at-risk youth and helps to put them on the right track. Several teens who took part in the cleanup claim... more »
November 11, 2010 5:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries wants duck hunters to watch out for oil spill cleanup work. Duck season opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 30. The department says the Coast Guard and spill response workers will start work late this weekend to reduce crowding at boat... more »
November 5, 2010 12:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - The executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful says state and local governments pay $40 million a year to pick up and haul away litter, from cigarette butts to discarded furniture and appliances. Leigh Harris told the House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment on Thursday that the... more »
October 29, 2010 7:02 AM
LIVINGSTON, LA - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will extend an appeals deadline by several weeks while Livingston Parish continues to get additional funding for debris cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Attorney John Shirers said his firm is still examining a 20 percent sampling of receipts submitted to... more »
September 28, 2010 10:54 AM
The point man on the Gulf coast's restoration recommends paying for the cleanup of the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of petroleum industry with the civil penalties collected from companies responsible for the spill.
Billions of dollars will be collected.
That recommendation by Navy Secretary... more »
September 23, 2010 6:42 PM
People on Grand Isle worry money flowing in fast now will soon dry up.
Money has been rolling into Grand Isle all summer and continues to do so as "tourist season" winds down, despite the island's close proximity to the oil leak in the Gulf.
Clifford Santiny's business... more »
September 21, 2010 2:27 PM
Cleanup crews on fishing boats outfitted with giant vacuum devices sucked up pools of oil from the blackened edge of a small Louisiana barrier island Tuesday as the head of the federal oil spill response looked on. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft toured coastal areas, seeking to underscore that... more »
September 21, 2010 10:34 AM
The man in charge of the Gulf oil spill response is in Plaquemines Parish today
Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft will tour Gulf coast marshes to look for signs of oil.
He will also visit with participates in the vessels of opportunity program which puts commercial fishermen to... more »
September 15, 2010 9:53 PM
Oil berms and fish kills were part of the discussion at the State Capitol today.
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana heard concerns about oil still hitting the shore. Plaquemines Parish released numbers for Sept. 7 through Sept. 14.
26,000 gallons of oil were recovered during... more »
September 9, 2010 12:34 PM
Mayor Kip Holden announced today that a Mid City neighborhood would be the kick-off location for Baton Rouge's city-wide cleanup starting Monday.
The mayor said at a press conference today that Operation Restore Pride would start Monday in the Valley Park neighborhood, which is bounded by Perkins Road, Delta... more »
September 1, 2010 7:14 PM
In an exclusive interview with News 2, Mantle Oil and Gas Company estimates it will take three to six months to clean up an oil and salt water mix left behind after a Paincourtville well blew out in August.
What's in question is how the company will do that.... more »
August 30, 2010 11:14 AM
UPDATE: People evacuated from their homes after a chemical in North Baton Rouge are now allowed to return home.
The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to the Kelly Trace Apartments at 999 Rosenwald just before 3 a.m., after residents reported a foul smell in the area. Firefighters found... more »
August 20, 2010 2:03 PM
Crews on the Gulf Coast are trying out a new invention to help with the oil cleanup efforts.
"Hot Dots", as they're called, are stickers that change color when body temperatures rise. They have been used by football players and Special Forces soldiers.
Production of the patches jumped... more »
August 13, 2010 2:50 PM
Gov. Bobby Jindal and other officials along the Louisiana coast say they're moving toward an agreement that could end a battle with federal authorities over the deployment of equipment to cleanup oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Jindal says the proposed plan would keep certain equipment in place through... more »
August 5, 2010 5:46 PM
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham says Louisiana will need more money for testing seafood.
Barham says the national perception is most of Louisiana is covered with oil, and our seafood is contaminated. He says a seafood safety plan must include proper testing and marketing... more »
August 3, 2010 6:01 PM
Raw sewage could be seeping into the water supply in Iberville Parish. It's coming from a sewage facility at a closed trailer park on River Road.
Human waste flows inside a shed at the former Scavone Trailer Park. A pond filled with overgrown plants and feces sits behind the... more »
July 25, 2010 9:26 AM
With the clean-up effort on hold because of Bonnie, oil will keep washing ashore. BP officials say they're prepared for the worst when it comes to cleanup after the low pressure system hits. While parts of our coast could suffer, officials believe the storm could help other areas.
BP... more »
July 9, 2010 7:01 PM
If you want a job with BP, you'll have to find it through word of mouth or a job center BP sets up, according to Curt Eysink of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
That is because BP has not listed any oil clean up positions with the LWC so far,... more »
July 5, 2010 5:52 AM
Bad weather delaying the oil cleanup off the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida could last all week, and the weather could get worse over the next few days. Choppy seas have kept boats trying to prevent oil from hitting vulnerable beaches and marshes. Offshore skimming vessels are operating in... more »
June 30, 2010 6:04 AM
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has created a standardized set of forms that local governments can use to seek reimbursement for their spill response and cleanup efforts from BP PLC. The forms are modeled after FEMA paperwork that local governments fill out to get reimbursed for their hurricane response efforts. The... more »
June 26, 2010 11:19 AM
President Barack Obama's point man for the clean up and recovery of the area affected by the Gulf oil spill will tour the region next week. According to a statement from his office, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will begin a five-day visit on Monday as he assesses damage... more »
June 24, 2010 10:17 AM
BP's work to clean up the mess from the Gulf oil spill has already generated more than 1,300 tons of solid waste. Companies hired to dispose of the material say the debris is being handled carefully, but a spot check by the Associated Press found contradictory evidence.
The AP... more »
June 10, 2010 2:35 PM
The House has voted to make more money available to the Coast Guard to pay for its response to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It removes the $100 million limit that the Coast Guard can spend on the spill.
Lawmakers said the federal government... more »
June 4, 2010 4:06 PM
State lawmakers in the House have backed a $24.9 million spending plan to send money to coastal parishes and Grand Isle for oil spill response efforts.
The dollars, added to a budget bill Friday, still would need approval from the Senate before they could be spent.
The money... more »
May 28, 2010 4:17 PM
A property owner being sued by the City of Baton Rouge has four days left to clean up his lot, or he'll face more legal action.
The lot is at the corner of Kimbro Drive and Boone Drive, near Starring Lane. The City of Baton Rouge sued owner Carlton... more »
May 24, 2010 3:17 PM
Congress is getting ready to quadruple - to 32 cents a barrel - a tax on oil used to help pay for cleanups.
The increase would raise nearly $11 billion over the next decade.
The tax is levied on oil produced in the U.S. or imported from foreign... more »
May 20, 2010 5:46 AM
Seventy-five graduates of a training program run by environmental justice centers in New Orleans and Atlanta are now working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup. Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Clark Atlanta University's Environmental Justice Resource Center have given environmental clean-up courses for 15... more »
May 14, 2010 10:49 AM
Two oyster harvesting areas in Louisiana are back open after a precautionary closing because of the oil spill. They were reopened to give harvesters a chance to gather as many of the shellfish as possible before any potential effects are felt from the massive leak.
Both of the areas,... more »
May 13, 2010 10:19 AM
BP says its costs for fighting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have risen by $100 million in three days. That brings the total to about $450 million.
The company says the sharp increase was likely caused by a lag in reporting costs.
That tab includes... more »
May 12, 2010 5:13 PM
Workers clean up oil along a beach at South Pass, La. May 11, 2010 near where the the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico.
May 10, 2010 4:59 PM
A Judge in Baton Rouge District Court ordered a property owner to clean up a lot he owns or face more legal action.
The court order comes two weeks after the City of Baton Rouge filed a lawsuit against the owner of the property, Carlton Morrow. The lawsuit came... more »
May 7, 2010 6:47 PM
Louisiana House Speaker Jim Tucker says BP has done a good job covering the costs of the oil spill cleanup. That's been a big concern for many state lawmakers because of the state's current budget crisis. Tucker says it's crucial that the state and local governments do a good job... more »
May 7, 2010 4:48 PM
From the oil containment box to a line of booms set up on the Rigolets, crews are working to keep the oil from hitting major parts of the Gulf Coast. The oil slick has already touched the Chandeleur Islands and is heading west.
John Pardue, the Director of the... more »
May 7, 2010 10:31 AM
St. Tammany Parish is offering haz-mat training to anyone who wants to help in the oil spill cleanup. It starts Monday at Trinity Banquet Hall in Slidell.
The training will be split into three groups: volunteers, subcontractors and those who will have direct contact with contaiminated material, like scientists... more »
May 6, 2010 8:21 PM
As the clean up along the Gulf Coast continues, some fishermen in Plaquemines Parish are fuming. They say they’re ready to help, but say BP wanted them to sign a waiver, which frees the company of any liability if the fishermen get hurt on the job. News 2's Chris Nakamoto... more »
May 6, 2010 7:06 PM
There is good news and bad news from the latest oil analysis results from LSU's Coastal Science Program. Nature is dispersing some of the oil naturally underwater, but the chemicals are only dispersing up to 60 percent of the black muck as it spreads.
Because the leak is 5,000... more »