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  • Broome rolls out plan for $11 million disaster recovery

    March 15, 2017 2:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a plan for the $11 million in disaster recovery for Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish. The money was awarded last year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Community Development Block Grant funds following the... more »
  • FEMA denies aid to multiple parishes following February tornadoes

    March 1, 2017 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded to Governor John Bel Edwards' request for federal aid for five parishes following February's tornadoes. In a letter released Wednesday, FEMA informed the governor it authorized individual assistance for both Livingston and Orleans parishes, as well as hazard mitigation... more »
  • FEMA mobile disaster recovery center to open for tornado survivors in Livingston Parish

    February 15, 2017 4:02 PM

    LIVINGSTON – A FEMA mobile disaster recovery center will open on Feb. 16 in Livingston Parish for homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage as a result of last week's tornadoes. The mobile recovery center is located at the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness... more »
  • Disaster recovery fair to be held in Denham Springs Feb. 18

    February 15, 2017 11:36 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – A disaster recovery resource fair will be held in Denham Springs for homeowners and renters. The fair will be held on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Park Auditorium located at 30372 Eden Road. The event is free to the public.... more »
  • Livingston, Orleans parishes eligible for disaster unemployment aid

    February 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Disaster unemployment assistance is now available to businesses and residents impacted by last week's tornadoes. President Donald Trump officially granted a disaster declaration request for two Louisiana parishes as a result of a request by Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. The Louisiana Workforce Commission is... more »
  • Gov. Edwards requests disaster declaration for 5 parishes following tornadoes

    February 10, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a federal disaster declaration for five parishes following tornadoes that struck the area on Feb. 7. Edwards requested the declaration to include assistance for Orleans, Ascension, Livingston, Jefferson and St. James Parishes. The requests... more »
  • Women fraudulently receive thousands in disaster aid following flood

    February 9, 2017 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Two women have been arrested for fraudulently receiving FEMA funding following the August flood, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry reports. Landry reports that 37-year-old Kimberly Cage and 32-year-old Leslie Munoz Licona were arrested for theft and filing or maintaining false public records. Cage allegedly applied... more »
  • Edwards administration defends flood response Play Video

    January 6, 2017 12:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Governor Edwards' Administration pushed back against criticism Thursday that it's too slow in responding to the August flood. Friday Edwards will present the state's first disaster relief program 147 days after the storm. "Only twenty of the days have been in the control of the state," said... more »
  • HUD awards Louisiana $1.2 billion in disaster recovery funds

    December 23, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Housing and Urban Development awarded Louisiana $1.2 billion to help recovery efforts after historic flooding this year. The agency awarded a total of $1.8 billion to states including Louisiana, West Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida through HUD's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster... more »
  • Stuck in the mud, FEMA trailer sinking Play Video

    December 19, 2016 6:00 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A woman trying to rebuild after the flood says FEMA has her stuck. Her manufactured housing unit is sinking into her front yard and now she's got a mess with few answers. Kerry Efferson says the whole process of getting a MHU on her Denham Springs... more »
  • FEMA disaster recovery centers close; some transition to loan outreach centers Play Video

    December 16, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All FEMA disaster recovery centers that have been open since the August flood will close today at 6 p.m. The centers have been a place for residents to receive assistance on how to rebuild. One flood survivor, Jimmy Halford, has been to the centers multiple... more »
  • Remaining disaster recovery centers to close by Friday

    December 13, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The remaining FEMA disaster recovery centers will close by Friday, Dec. 16. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the disaster center at Old Neighbors Bank in Central will close at 6 p.m. Disaster recovery centers in at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Ascension Parish and the... more »
  • EBR disaster recovery center to become disaster loan center

    December 8, 2016 10:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center on Monday, Dec. 12 to assist flood survivors. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Dec. 15. The center will be located at: St. Louis... more »
  • 6 Louisiana parishes tagged as disaster areas due to drought

    November 30, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Six Louisiana parishes have been designated as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by recent drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the designation to Caldwell, Catahoula, Franklin, Madison, Richland and Tensas parishes on Nov. 23, making all qualified farm operators in those... more »
  • Homes from Bayou Corne donated to tornado victims Play Video

    November 21, 2016 11:52 PM

    Napoleonville- The small community of Paincourtville sits on Bayou Lafourche in northeast Assumption parish, an area still recovering from tornadoes last February. "It completely destroyed the True Value, Lablanc Brothers Cement, the water tower and then a great deal of homes right here," said Brad Collins, a local pastor... more »
  • Disaster recovery center in Baker to close Saturday

    November 19, 2016 3:44 PM

    BAKER – The disaster recovery center located in Baker will close on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. The center is located at the following address: The Council on Aging 3334 Jefferson St. Baker, LA 70714 Assistance from the Small Business Administration has been relocated to the Workforce... more »
  • Ascension Parish disaster recovery center to remain open until Dec. 16

    November 16, 2016 5:41 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish disaster recovery center will remain open until Dec. 16, parish officials say. The center, located at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center 4H Building will remain open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Disaster survivors who have registered with FEMA may visit any... more »
  • Free disaster crisis counseling available to flood survivors

    November 14, 2016 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Officials say that survivors who are still coping with the effects of the August flood and severe weather can take advantage of free disaster crisis counseling available through FEMA and the state of Louisiana. The purpose of the Crisis Counseling Program is to provide survivors with... more »
  • Deadline for flood victims to register with FEMA Nov. 14 Play Video

    November 12, 2016 11:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents with damage from the severe mid-August flooding have only a few more hours remaining to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 14. For those who apply online the deadline is 10 p.m. and for those who apply... more »
  • Two Livingston Parish disaster recovery centers to close Nov. 15

    November 11, 2016 3:08 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Two Livingston Parish disaster recovery centers will close at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. One of the centers closing is located at the St. Joseph Catholic Church at 15710 La Highway 16 in French Settlement. A second center is closing at the Sidney Hutchinson Park located at... more »
  • Iberia Parish disaster recovery center closing Nov. 14

    November 10, 2016 5:13 PM

    NEW IBERIA – The Iberia Pairsh disaster recovery center at the Fire Protection District Training Center will close at 6 p.m. on Nov. 14. The center is located at the Iberia Parish Fire Protection District Training Center at 2417 Darnall Road. Officials say that the need for the disaster... more »
  • Family living in garage, losing hope waiting for MHU Play Video

    November 9, 2016 6:32 PM

    ZACHARY - A family says they're losing hope since they have been waiting for their FEMA trailer since the first week of September. Sally Maness and her family are living in the garage of their Zachary home while they rebuild. "It's like living in a nightmare," she said.... more »
  • Disaster recovery center in EBR moving to new location

    November 9, 2016 11:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish disaster recovery center in Central is moving to a new location. The disaster recovery center is currently located at the following address: Central Parking Lot 13421 Hooper Road Central, LA 70818 The new location for the center will be... more »
  • Disaster recovery resource fair to be held in Ascension Nov. 12

    November 4, 2016 12:28 PM

    ASCENSION – A resource fair for disaster recovery will be held in Ascension Parish for homeowners and renters who were impacted by the August flood. The fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Trade Mart Building at the Lamar-Dixon Expo... more »
  • EBR disaster recovery center to close Oct. 20

    October 18, 2016 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The FEMA disaster recovery center in East Baton Rouge Parish is closing on Oct. 20. The center, located at the Zachary Men's Club on Rollins Road, will close at 6 p.m. Officials say that the need for the center has diminished and will result in... more »
  • Disaster resource fair to be held for flood victims

    October 13, 2016 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A disaster recovery resource fair for homeowners and renters who were impacted by the flooding that devastated the state in August. The fair will be a "one stop shop" for information and resources from federal, state and other agencies to assist residents in their recovery efforts.... more »
  • Thursday deadline to apply for disaster loans after flooding

    October 12, 2016 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Time is running out for business owners, homeowners and renters with damage from the August floods to apply for federal disaster loans. The Louisiana Department of Economic Development says the deadline to seek the low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Thursday. The loans offer... more »
  • President Obama signs disaster declaration for North Carolina

    October 10, 2016 9:31 PM

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for North Carolina, making federal funding available to individuals affected by Hurricane Matthew, according to a White House statement. The disaster declaration will provide assistance to affected residents in 10 North Carolina counties. Federal funding is available to... more »
  • Sinkhole situation over four years after it developed; Evacuations lifted

    October 7, 2016 3:21 PM

    BAYOU CORNE – The infamous area surrounding a four-year-old sinkhole has been deemed no longer a risk, Assumption Parish authorities announced Friday afternoon. The so-called Bayou Corne Sinkhole opened up along Highway 70 in 2012 when a salt dome collapsed under the bayou. All areas once part of... more »
  • Authorities get over 1,200 fraud complaints since La. floods

    October 7, 2016 1:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have received more than 1,200 disaster fraud complaints related to August's historic flooding in south Louisiana. U.S. Attorney Walt Green announced that tally Friday during a press briefing at the National Center for Disaster Fraud's offices on the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge. Green... more »
  • FEMA sends blank denial letter Play Video

    October 4, 2016 11:53 PM

    CENTRAL- Flood survivor Thomas Maloy has jumped through all sorts of hoops trying to get federal aid. But it was the FEMA denial letter he received Tuesday that hit him like a bad joke. "I've been going back and forth with FEMA and then I got this wonderful letter... more »
  • SBA to open disaster loan outreach center in Iberville Parish

    September 16, 2016 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center on Monday, Sept. 19, in Iberville Parish to assist flood victims. The center will be at the East Iberville Gym located at 3285 Highway 75 in St. Gabriel and will be open from 9... more »
  • FEMA disaster recovery center opens in St. James Parish

    September 15, 2016 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A FEMA disaster recovery center is opening Thursday in St. James Parish to assist flood victims. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. The center is located at the New Zion Gospel Baptist Church located at... more »
  • FEMA: federal aid to flooded Louisiana has passed $1 billion

    September 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reports that federal aid to help disaster survivors has surpassed $1 billion less than four weeks after historic flooding devastated south Louisiana. FEMA says more than 63,000 families are receiving assistance through one or more of the housing options available. The agency approved more... more »
  • Mobile disaster recovery center opens in Livingston Parish for flood victims

    September 5, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A mobile disaster recovery center has opened in Livingston Parish to assist flood victims. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. The center is located at the following address: Recreation Center at Sidney Hutchinson Park... 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 »
  • Sound stage used for Tom Cruise production now flood recovery center

    August 31, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It once played host to Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Tom Cruise and many others but Wednesday, Stage 6 at Celtic Media Centre was the set of a reality series too many are living: life in a rebuilding, post-flood world. FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center inside... more »
  • FEMA answers questions at community meeting

    August 29, 2016 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Town Hall meeting took place Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church to discuss and answer questions regarding flood relief. State Representatives Paula Davis and Ted James hosted the meeting with the Sherwood Forest Citizens Association and Crime and Improvement District. Rep. James said... more »
  • FEMA recovery center opens in Lafayette

    August 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a disaster recovery center in Lafayette. FEMA says in a news release that the center, which opened Sunday, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Flood survivors will receive assistance and information... 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 »
  • More FEMA disaster recovery centers open Friday Play Video

    August 24, 2016 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA says more disaster recovery centers will open Thursday in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry parishes. FEMA says more disaster recovery centers will open Friday in Iberville, Livingston and Vermilion parishes. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to... more »
  • 10 tax questions asked during a disaster

    August 23, 2016 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue has compiled a list of the ten most frequently asked tax questions on disaster recovery. Here they are: · Money donated to a GoFundMe or other crowdfunding website to benefit flood victims is it tax deductible? Or do I owe... 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 »
  • Emergency Rule 27: Insurance during a disaster

    August 22, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued what is known as Emergency Rule 27 - an order to protect residents who live in parishes that will receive a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government because of the flood. Here is what it means for you:... more »
  • FEMA to open more disaster recovery centers Monday

    August 20, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA will open three more disaster recovery centers in East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana parishes Monday. FEMA opened two disaster recovery centers in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes Sunday. The centers will open at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice... 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 »
  • More ZIP codes approved for Phase one of DSNAP

    August 19, 2016 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State Officials announced Friday the locations where residents in eight parishes can apply for DSNAP benefits next week. According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the first of three phases begins Monday, Aug. 22, through Saturday Aug. 27. Phase One includes eight parishes.... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Louisiana receives $19.5 million FEMA disaster recovery grant

    August 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Health has received more than $19.5 million to assist communities throughout the state that are still recovering from the severe flooding that occurred this past spring. The grant, called the Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and... more »
  • Red Cross gives safety tips after storms

    May 20, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Red Cross disaster workers across south Louisiana are assisting residents whose homes have been damaged by Thursday night’s storms. Disaster workers are also coordinating with parish officials and emergency management leaders to assist in the recovery efforts. Residents in need of assistance because of storm-related damage, can call... more »
  • Edwards: State gets $1.6 million disaster grant

    April 13, 2016 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Louisiana a $1,699,317 million disaster assistance grant. The grant will help provide temporary jobs in the 21 Louisiana parishes devastated by the recent storms and flooding. Edwards, in a news release Tuesday, said the Disaster... 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 »
  • FEMA: What to expect when the disaster damage inspector visits

    March 28, 2016 7:13 PM

    Know What to Expect When the Inspector Visits Once Louisiana homeowners register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a FEMA housing inspector will call to schedule an inspection for those living in designated parishes. Here’s what survivors need to know about the inspection process: Everyone should know: ... more »
  • Flood assistance office opens Tuesday in Livingston Parish

    March 28, 2016 6:54 PM

    SATSUMA - Tuesday, FEMA opens a disaster recovery center. The office will help victims of recent flooding get answers to questions about low-interest disaster loans and apply for federal disaster assistance. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. And, people... more »
  • Edwards requests St. Helena, 8 more parishes to disaster area

    March 24, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards asked Barack Obama to expand the federal disaster declaration to 9 more parishes Thursday. Edwards requested Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Rapides, Red River, Sabine and St. Helena parishes to be added to the disaster declaration area. Edwards said those... more »
  • 500 Red Cross volunteers respond to La. flooding

    March 18, 2016 1:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 500 American Red Cross disaster workers have responded to Louisiana, with hundreds more responders active across the Gulf South where devastating flooding has impacted thousands of people. Thursday night, about 200 people stayed overnight at seven Red Cross and community-run shelters across the state. Kay... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Area high school students developing winning app for disaster assistance

    January 8, 2016 4:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An East Baton Rouge high school student attending the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches is one of five in a group competing to win an award for an app that solves problems in local communities. The group, which also includes a... more »
  • EBR Constable recalls Katrina in effort to help to tornado victims Play Video

    December 28, 2015 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A truckload of relief is heading to storm ravaged areas of North Mississippi. The East Baton Rouge Constable's Office collected clothes, toys, and personal items to deliver to Ashland, Mississippi. The small town near the Tennessee boarder was devastated by a tornado two days before Christmas. Ashland... more »
  • USDA expands drought aid eligibility in La. and Miss

    October 22, 2015 4:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers and ranchers in nearly 70 percent of Louisiana's parishes and of Mississippi's counties are now eligible for drought disaster aid. In Mississippi, USDA added 10 counties to the list of primary disaster areas on Thursday, bringing the total to 30.... more »
  • Red Cross to raise money for South Carolina at Tiger Stadium Saturday

    October 7, 2015 9:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Red Cross is teaming up with LSU to help with disaster relief when LSU hosts USC for a USC home game at Tiger Stadium. “ LSU fans are always stepping up, and generously, to care for our neighbors facing and recovering from disasters – especially... more »
  • $116 million in FEMA reimbursements tied up Play Video

    October 5, 2015 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two reports detail how $116 million in FEMA disaster reimbursement requests is tied up waiting for paperwork to be filled out correctly. The reports come from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor who is paid around $4 million a year to check the documents along with the Governor's Office... more »
  • First responders take part in week long animal rescue training

    August 23, 2015 6:11 PM

    GONZALES, La. - Various groups and organizations from all over the country are getting trained in rescuing animals in case of a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina. Groups like the American Humane Association along with LSU School of Veterinary Medicine took part in the training. One of the instructors, Dick... more »
  • State disaster agency watching TS Danny Play Video

    August 18, 2015 7:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's disaster response agency will start coordinating with parish and municipal leaders Wednesday about Tropical Storm Danny. A spokesperson with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said it's standard protocol whenever a tropical depression forms in the Atlantic. If the storm does threaten... more »
  • USDA: 35 Louisiana parishes natural disaster areas

    July 23, 2015 7:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of floods and storms from April 27 through June 26. Farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest loans to help them recover from severe damage. USDA... more »
  • Baton Rouge accepts $2.1 million settlement from BP

    July 15, 2015 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The city of Baton Rouge agreed to accept a settlement of $2.14 million dollars from BP for economic losses caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a July 15 deadline for local governments to... more »
  • Louisiana's disaster declaration approved

    July 14, 2015 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The federal government has approved Louisiana's request for a disaster declaration for the Red River flooding that caused damage across a half-dozen parishes in the last month. Mike Steele of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the Obama Administration approved the declaration Monday for... more »
  • Saving Louisiana Oysters Play Video

    February 20, 2015 5:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The oyster industry is still recovering from the BP oil spill The men and women who work the coast are p ushing hard to keep the jewel of Louisiana seafood viable . Oysters play a pivotal role on the coast. "For over 150 years, the... more »
  • Obama declares Napa earthquake major disaster

    September 12, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Northern California because of the Napa Valley earthquake, releasing emergency federal funding for the state. The White House announced the move in a statement Thursday night. It comes nine days after Gov. Jerry Brown sent a letter to... more »
  • Australia focuses on both Malaysian jet disasters

    July 23, 2014 1:57 AM

    CANBERRA, Australia - Australia says the hunt for the Malaysian airliner that vanished off the Australian coast continues uninterrupted despite the top search official shifting his attention to recovering bodies from the Ukraine air disaster. Angus Houston heads Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Center, which oversees the search for Malaysia Airlines... more »
  • Divers renew search for South Korea ferry dead

    April 28, 2014 6:16 AM

    JINDO, South Korea - Dozens of divers are again searching the sunken ferry off the southern South Korean coast. There are some 114 people believed missing, but the search had to be suspended over the weekend because of poor weather, strong currents and floating debris clogging the ship's rooms. A... more »
  • Obama visits South Korea

    April 25, 2014 4:25 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - President Barack Obama's visit to South Korea is being tinged by the nation's mourning over this month's ferry disaster. Obama was due at the Blue House, the South Korean equivalent of America's White House, on Friday for an evening of talks with President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay).... more »
  • $3 million grant awarded to St. Bernard Project

    April 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Z Zurich Foundation is giving a $3 million grant to St. Bernard Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient and predictable way. The grant is a three-year commitment to create a Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab that will share... more »
  • SKorean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

    April 21, 2014 6:27 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed 'unforgivable, murderous acts' in the disaster, which left more than 300 people dead or missing. She made the comments Monday at a Cabinet briefing. The captain initially told passengers... more »
  • South Korea says nearly 300 missing in ferry disaster Play Video

    April 16, 2014 6:10 AM

    SEOUL, South Korea - Officials in South Korea say nearly 300 people are still missing several hours after a ferry sank in the cold waters off the country's southern coast. At least two people are confirmed dead, but there are fears of a much bigger death toll as dozens of... more »
  • Disaster strikes home for third time Play Video

    April 8, 2014 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Angles Scales is no stranger to disaster, but she didn't think she'd have to face it again so soon after moving back into her home. Sunday night, a water oak crashed into her house, nearly crushing two girls she's hosting from France. The girls escaped without... more »

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