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  • High water closes roads across Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and other parish officials are urging motorists to use caution when driving across the Baton Rouge area Thursday. “We are urging caution as drivers travel on our highways as there is high water and flooding in some areas,” Broome said. Several... more »
  • Storms cause severe flooding in Houston

    January 18, 2017 12:44 PM

    HOUSTON, Tx. - Severe storms have caused dangerous amounts of flood water in the Houston area. A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties. High water levels have slowed traffic on I-45 and multiple roadways are impassable due to the... more »
  • UPDATE: Lanes reopen on I-10 after Miss. River Bridge accident

    January 13, 2017 3:58 PM

    UPDATE : All lanes of I-10 East has been reopened. BATON ROUGE - An accident has caused the closure of multiple lanes of I-10. The right and left lanes of I-10 East are blocked at the Mississippi River Bridge. Traffic continues to pass through the center lane. ... more »
  • Parts of Bluebonnet Blvd to be closed on Jan. 14

    January 12, 2017 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parts of Bluebonnet Boulevard will be closed on Saturday due to water line repairs. According to the Department of Transportation and Development, Bluebonnet will be closed in the northbound direction at World Ministry Avenue. The closure will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan.... more »
  • Accident shuts down one lane on Airline Highway

    January 12, 2017 11:11 AM

    UPDATE: All lanes are now open. BATON ROUGE - The right lane of Airline Highway North at Greenwell Springs Road has been shut down due to an accident. Traffic is currently passing through the left lane. Congestion from the incident has reached beyond Greenwell Springs Road. Keep... more »
  • Lane closure on North Street until 5 p.m.

    January 12, 2017 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - One lane of North Street at North 13th Street will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. The Baton Rouge Water Company will be repairing a water main, requiring workers to shut down the south/left lane at North 13th Street. The right lane... more »
  • Audubon Bridge closed due to winter weather conditions

    January 6, 2017 6:20 PM

    NEW ROADS – Traffic officials say the Audubon Bridge on LA 10 from US 61 to LA 10 in New Roads is closed due to winter weather conditions. #BREAKING : @WBRZ reporting that the Audubon Bridge has been closed. #LaWX @NWSNewOrleans — Josh Eachus WBRZ (@Josh_Eachus) January 6,... more »
  • Two more Livingston Parish schools ready to reopen Play Video

    January 3, 2017 10:53 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Teachers were putting the final touches on their classrooms Tuesday at Denham Springs Freshman High. Students are set to return for the first time since the flood. Principal Ken Magee said that even though it's not perfect, it's good to be back. "It might not look... more »
  • Krystal closes five locations in Louisiana

    December 23, 2016 1:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS – Krystal, the company known for its mini burgers and hot dogs, announced that it has closed all company-owned stores in Louisiana. According to a WWLTV report , only two franchise locations will remain open in the state: the location at 116 Bourbon Street in New Orleans... more »
  • Serious injury crash closed I-10 WB on Bonnet Carre Spillway Wednesday

    December 21, 2016 12:21 PM

    ST. CHARLES PARISH – A crash closed I-10 west bound on the Bonnet Carre Spillway around 11 a.m. Wednesday. The accident was with serious injury, according to Louisiana State Police. A medical helicopter was seen landing on the Spillway. No further information about the crash was available at the... more »
  • Airline Hwy. reopens at Florida following accident

    December 5, 2016 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Airline Highway (U.S. 61 North) has reopened to traffic at Florida Boulevard following an accident on Monday morning. Traffic was being diverted onto Florida Boulevard. According to DOTD, congestion from the accident has reached Old Hammond Highway. Monitor WBRZ's traffic tracking system here . more »
  • Polls close for Mississippi election runoffs

    November 29, 2016 8:19 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Polls are closed for runoff elections in Mississippi. Voters in the northern part of the state were deciding a Supreme Court race between John Brady of Columbus and Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando. The Court of Appeals runoff in an east-central district is between challenger Ed Hannan and... more »
  • George O'Neal Road at Jones Creek to close Nov. 6

    November 4, 2016 11:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City Parish officials announced that George O'Neal Road will be closed to traffic just east of Jones Creek Road starting Nov. 6 at noon. The road will reopen on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. The closure is a part of an ongoing construction project. Additionally,... more »
  • Vegas Strip resort closed, guests evacuated after power outage

    November 3, 2016 9:30 PM

    LAS VEGAS - A hotel official says the darkened Paris Las Vegas resort could remain closed overnight, displacing thousands of guests and gamblers, while work crews repair its damaged main power line. Caesars Entertainment Corp. spokesman Rich Broome says authorities decided at nightfall Thursday that it was getting too late... more »
  • Elmer's Island to close temporarily for road, parking work

    October 15, 2016 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Elmer's Island, a wildlife refuge and barrier island in Jefferson Parish, will be closing for a week for construction work. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the island and its public access road will be shuttered Monday, a closure that will continue for seven... more »
  • FEMA disaster centers to close on Sundays, Columbus Day

    October 6, 2016 11:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE – All FEMA disaster recovery centers will be closed on Sundays. The closures are effective starting Oct. 9. In addition, all disaster recovery centers will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day. There are currently 15 FEMA disaster recovery centers open for... more »
  • All lanes now open on I-10 WB

    September 23, 2016 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE - All lanes are now open on I-10 westbound. Friday morning, an accident blocked the left and center lanes of I-10 westbound after College Drive. News 2's Ashley Fruge is monitoring traffic. We will have updates on WBRZ.com and Twitter . more »
  • Shelter at Lamar Dixon Expo Center closes

    September 16, 2016 4:31 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Homeland Security has closed its shelter for flood victims at the Lamar Dixon Center as of Friday morning. The shelter transitioned from being operated by the Red Cross to the parish homeland security office on Monday, Sept. 12. Parish employees met with families to locate them... more »
  • All False River boat launches closed due to debris, high water level

    September 1, 2016 12:20 PM

    POINTE COUPEE – The Pointe Coupee Parish Police jury is closing all operated boat launches into False River until further notice. All privately operated boat launches into False River are also closed. The closure is due to the high water level and amount of debris in the river which... more »
  • Repairs to Florida Blvd bridge expected to be completed in 10 days

    August 29, 2016 12:34 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Parts of Florida Blvd between Denham Springs and Walker were closed Sunday night after a bridge over West Colyell Creek sustained damage. City of Walker officials said Wednesday that the US 190 bridge has been given top priority by the governor's office and DOTD. Work at... more »
  • School closures announced for early next week due to flooding

    August 13, 2016 4:11 PM

    Parishes affected by the weekend's historic flooding are already announcing the closure of public school closures early next week as families will be working to recover. Parishes with public schools closed on Monday include: Ascension East Feliciana (Monday and Tuesday) West Feliciana Livingston (Until further notice) East Baton... 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 »
  • Florida Blvd at Sherwood Blvd briefly closed after multi car crash

    August 8, 2016 7:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A multi-car crashed blocked roads in Baton Rouge Monday afternoon. According to WBRZ’s Brett Buffington, Florida Blvd was closed at Sherwood Forest Blvd around 5:40 p.m. Monday. Images of the scene show first responders working the crash. The tires of a Blue SUV appear to... more »
  • All lanes now open on Greenwell Springs Road

    July 25, 2016 7:13 AM

    CENTRAL - All lanes are open on Greenwell Springs Road. Greenwell Springs Road was closed on Monday morning in both directions between Denham Road and Liberty Road due to an accident. A concrete mixer truck hit a curb and flipped over while traveling on Greenwell Springs Road. Louisiana... more »
  • DHH closes EBR Health Unit after mold detected

    July 7, 2016 12:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health announced Thursday morning that it is suspending all services at the East Baton Rouge Parish Health Unit located on the corner of North 12th Street and Florida Boulevard after potentially dangerous mold was discovered in the facility. Earlier this week, the department... more »
  • Justice Dept. closes Clinton email probe with no charges

    July 6, 2016 6:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Hillary Clinton email investigation is being closed without any criminal charges. Lynch announced the Justice Department decision Wednesday, one day after FBI Director James Comey recommended against any prosecution. The decision was largely a formality given Comey's public statement on the case.... more »
  • Pei Wei restaurant closes in BR; to close all locations in state

    June 28, 2016 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Pei Wei Asian Diner, a sister restaurant of P.F. Chang's, is closing all three of its locations in Louisiana. The restaurant has locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Metairie. The Baton Rouge location in Acadian Village Shopping Center on Perkins Road and the New Orleans location... more »
  • Westbound lanes of Skip Bertman Dr. closed due to roadway failure

    June 16, 2016 10:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials in East Baton Rouge Parish say a failure in the roadway has resulted in a closure of part of Skip Bertman Drive near LSU effective immediately. The closure affects Skip Bertman Drive between River Road and Nicholson Drive. Both westbound lanes will be closed,... more »
  • Stalled vehicle causes major delays on I-10

    June 15, 2016 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Commuters might want to take an alternate route this morning as a stalled vehicle forced the closure of the center lane of I-10 at the Mississippi River Bridge. Conjestion has reached to I-10 at South Acadian Thruway. Motorist are encouraged to use US 190 as an... more »
  • LA 1 North at Intracoastal Canal open after car fire caused closure

    June 1, 2016 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LA 1 North at the Intracoastal Canal Bridge re-opened after it was closed to traffic due to a vehicle fire. Traffic is still backed up to three miles in length. Stay with WBRZ on Facebook and Twitter for traffic updates. more »
  • Repairs to begin on closed I-10 West access ramp near Sorrento

    April 28, 2016 4:24 PM

    SORRENTO - State Senator Eddie Lambert says work will begin soon to repair the US 61 northbound access ramp to I-10 westbound near Sorrento. The ramp has remained closed since October 2015 after a construction vehicle with an over-height load collided with the ramp’s structure. “According to the... more »
  • Turn lane of LA 73 near LA 42 to be closed for three weeks

    April 18, 2016 5:01 PM

    PRARIEVILLE - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced that the turn lane of northbound LA 73 onto east LA 42 will be closed for the next three weeks. The turn lane will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily for three weeks while construction crews install a sewer... more »
  • DOTD: Scenic Hwy to be closed Thursday and Friday

    March 31, 2016 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD announced that US 61 (Scenic Hwy) will be closed at the railroad track from Thursday, Mar. 31 to Friday, Apr. 1. The Highway will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for track repairs on the railroad. DOTD advises the following detours: Northbound... more »
  • DOTD: LA 30 near Gonzales now open after closed due to down power lines

    March 30, 2016 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - DOTD tweeted that LA 30 is closed due to down power lines Wednesday morning. DOTD states that both directions of LA 30 will be closed east of I-10 (Gonzales) and advises drivers to take an alternative route. LA 30 is closed in both directions east... more »
  • I-10 opened in both directions at Louisiana-Texas border

    March 18, 2016 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana State Police announced I-10 is now open in both directions at the Louisiana-Texas border. The westbound direction reopened first, followed by the eastbound lanes a couple of hours late I10 westbound now open at Louisiana/Texas state line — Louisiana DOTD (@La_DOTD) March 18,... more »
  • Three area school districts reopen Tuesday

    March 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Public schools resume classes Tuesday in Livingston, Tangipahoa and Ascension parishes. The school district closed schools last Friday and Monday because of severe weather and flooding. High water made it difficult for students, teachers and bus drivers to move around the parish. District... more »
  • Safety priority when considering closing school Play Video

    March 10, 2016 11:01 PM

    WEST BATON ROUGE - Several school systems and universities across the area have canceled class Friday. Ascension, Livingston, Saint Helena, Tangipahoa, East Feliciana and Saint James Parish public schools are all closed. East Baton Rouge Parish is closed, but the closure was already scheduled as a workshop day for... more »
  • Schools in several parishes closed Friday

    March 10, 2016 4:17 PM

    With several roads closed due to heavy rainfall and storms still rolling through, multiple parishes have announced their public schools will be closed on Friday. St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes have announced they'll remain closed due to flooding. Private schools... more »
  • Coast Guard reopens stretch of Miss. River near Plaquemines Parish

    January 22, 2016 11:24 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says they reopened the Mississippi River to one-way traffic for a stretch of the river near West Pointe à la Hache Thursday night. Vessels planning to travel the area from mile marker 50 to mile marker 52 should contact the tow vessel Kyle... more »
  • Volunteers remove BREC park graffiti

    December 22, 2015 1:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BREC officials said despite heavy rain, volunteers came out to their Extreme Sports Park to remove graffiti painted on the skate park over the weekend. BREC said skaters who frequently used the park were the ones who cleaned it up. "They are true ambassadors of... more »
  • Highland Rd. near LSU closed for emergency sewer line repairs

    December 21, 2015 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Motorists who travel through LSU’s campus as a part of their regular schedule may need to alter their route as traffic workers have closed part of Highland Road to perform emergency sewer line repairs. Highland Road between South Stadium Drive and Tower Drive near Parker Coliseum... more »
  • I-10E closure caps day of delays, previews more to come

    December 1, 2015 7:06 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Louisiana State Police closed I-10 East entirely between Lafayette and Baton Rouge after a wreck involving multiple vehicles Tuesday evening. The closure capped a day filled with wrecks, congestion, and delays for drivers trying to travel between the two cities. At one point traffic was backed... more »
  • 11-mile traffic jam reported after wreck on I-10E

    November 13, 2015 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials said a wreck on I-10 East caused an 11-mile backup coming into Baton Rouge Friday evening. The Department of Transportation and Development said I-10 East was closed around 5:45 p.m. due to the wreck at the I-10 / I-110 split. Details about what... more »
  • Final day of Voodoo Fest canceled due to rain

    November 1, 2015 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS -- The final day of the Voodoo Music + Arts Experienced has been canceled because of "dangerous weather conditions," the festival announced Sunday morning. "Fan safety is the top priority for the producers of the festival and current conditions at City Park do not meet our standards... 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 »
  • Section of Highway 73 closed for railroad repairs

    September 30, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A section of Highway 73 in Geismar was shut down early Wednesday morning for repairs to the railroad crossing. The road will be closed between Highway 30 and River Road. DOTD advises drivers to use LA 57 and LA 30 as alternate routes. The road will reopen Saturday,... more »
  • Person hit, killed by 18-wheeler on I-12

    September 3, 2015 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities said one person died after they were hit by an 18-wheeler on I-12 East Thursday morning in East Baton Rouge Parish. Traffic officials closed I-12 East at Airline Highway for the wreck, which happened just before 11 a.m. Cars were being diverted off the interstate... more »
  • Part of Mississippi River closes; 2 boats collide, spill oil in Kentucky

    September 3, 2015 11:56 AM

    PADUCAH, Ky. - The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats. The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying... more »
  • I-10 East reopens on Basin Bridge after wreck

    August 25, 2015 12:33 PM

    RAMAH - Louisiana State Police said a wreck closed I-10 East over the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge Tuesday morning for more than an hour. The wreck happened at mile marker 131, several miles west of Ramah. The Department of Transportation and Development later closed that side of the interstate at... more »
  • School out for 2-3 weeks after East St. John fire

    August 14, 2015 7:32 AM

    LAPLACE - School officials said some students will be out of class for up to three weeks after a fire at the East St. John the Baptist Parish Elementary School campus. Jennifer Boquet, a spokesperson for the parish school system, said students from East St. John have to be... more »
  • Train accident closes Airline Highway near South Choctaw Drive

    July 31, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Airline Highway was briefly closed in both directions near South Choctaw Drive due to an accident involving a train. The Department of Transportation and Development reported that traffic was backed up for more than two miles to Plank Road on US 61 South and Tom Drive... more »
  • Tilted train closes parts of LA 1 near Plaquemine

    July 29, 2015 1:58 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Traffic officials closed LA 1 between Addis and Plaquemine after a train tilted on its tracks early Wednesday afternoon. A Union Pacific spokesperson said the incident happened within the train yard at Dow Chemical after 12:30 p.m. Service roads in the area connected to LA 1... more »
  • Hammond council refuses to allow bars to open on Sundays

    July 22, 2015 8:30 AM

    HAMMOND- Establishments that serve only alcoholic drinks will remain shuttered in Hammond on Sundays. The city council decided Tuesday against adopting an ordinance that would have changed the years-old law. Despite pleas from a long procession of speakers advocating a Sunday open bar policy, the council voted 3-2 to reject... more »
  • Road repair and rain create EBR traffic nightmare

    June 25, 2015 4:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - What started as an emergency highway repair Thursday morning turned into a wet, miles-long snarl of bumper to bumper traffic in East Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development sent out a notice around 10 a.m. that one lane would be closed on I-10 West... more »
  • 18-wheeler crash causes night-long I-10 closure

    June 19, 2015 6:49 PM

    UPDATE - I-10 was opened at 3 am. WHISKEY BAY - An interstate closure lingered into late Friday night and could last until early Saturday morning after multiple 18-wheelers wrecked earlier in the day. I-10 West closed shortly before 6 p.m. at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin... more »

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