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  • Broussard seeks removal from flooding lawsuit

    August 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    GRETNA - Attorneys for former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard have asked a judge to dismiss the last remaining claim against him in a class-action lawsuit over his administration's decision to evacuate drainage pump operators hours before Hurricane Katrina's landfall. If granted, the request would leave Jefferson Parish as the... more »
  • Some Ariz. residents to return home after fire

    July 4, 2013 3:21 PM

    YARNELL, Ariz. - Some residents who were forced to evacuate due to a deadly Arizona wildfire will be allowed to return to their homes Thursday evening. Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher says the evacuation order is being lifted only for Peeples Valley. Only those who can show proof of residency... more »
  • Wildfire burns outside Great Smoky Mountains

    March 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins. Ben Bryson, a fire resources coordinator with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, says the 145-acre fire was first reported Sunday evening in Sevier County.... more »
  • UN pulling out some staff from Syria

    December 3, 2012 2:14 PM

    BEIRUT - The United Nations says it is pulling out all non-essential international staff from Syria due to security issues in the civil war-struck Arab state. The U.N.'s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria says up to a quarter of the 100 international staff working for several U.N. agencies could exit... more »
  • What does it take to get people to flee a storm?

    November 14, 2012 2:03 PM

    NEW YORK - In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, emergency officials are taking another look at a problem that has bedeviled them for a long time: how to get people to comply when they are ordered to evacuate their homes. Despite dire forecasts and explicit warnings, hundreds of thousands of... more »
  • Fire prompts evacuation at downtown bar overnight

    July 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters evacuated about 100 people from a bar because of a fire in downtown Baton Rouge early Saturday morning. Investigators have not determined what started the blaze in a storage room at MAPP Construction, located next to the M Bar on 3rd Street. When firefighters got... more »
  • Butte LaRose residents to evacuate by noon

    May 24, 2011 2:33 AM

    BUTTE LAROSE- Residents of Butte LaRose are facing a mandatory evacuation as backwater from the swollen Atchafalaya River creeps toward homes in the Cajun community. The St. Martin Parish leaders say nobody will be allowed to enter the town once the order takes effect today at noon. The mandatory evacuation... more »
  • Butte LaRose residents must evacuate tomorrow

    May 23, 2011 6:05 PM

    BUTTE LaROSE - Butte LaRose residents must be out of their homes or camps by tomorrow at noon. St. Martin Parish leaders postponed the mandatory evacuation because the water is rising slower than expected. The evacuation was originally scheduled for Saturday. John and Janell Mitchell own a camp... more »
  • California Wildfires

    July 28, 2010 11:32 AM

    Wildfires in California have already destroyed about 40 homes, and firefighters are bracing for strong afternoon winds. The wildfires, burning north of Los Angeles, have threatened at least 150 additional homes and forced 2.300 people to evacuate. The two blazes are burning in rural Kern County after scorching... more »
  • Oil spill work on hold as TS Bonnie approaches

    July 23, 2010 4:53 AM

    Work to permanently cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is at a standstill after ships were ordered to evacuate because of Tropical Storm Bonnie. There had been worries that the cap that has mostly contained the oil would have to be reopened and left gushing if... more »
  • Ships ready to leave leaky well as storm brews

    July 22, 2010 6:10 AM

    Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico are preparing to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brings the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill. Though the rough weather is hundreds of miles from the spill site and... more »
  • Small fire leads to evacuation of staging vessel

    July 21, 2010 8:57 AM

    Authorities say 130 people were evacuated from a vessel that housed oil spill response workers when an electrical outlet caught fire Tuesday, but there were only "very minor" injuries. The injuries included a man who bumped his elbow while using a fire extinguisher and another who complained of having a... more »
  • Cleanup continues on Eden Church Road

    April 1, 2010 6:05 AM

    DEQ officials are still on scene of the chemical fire in Denham Springs Thursday morning. An 18 wheeler continues to pump out water in the ditches along Eden Church Road as a precaution. They're worried some of the water used while extinguishing the fire could have become contaminated. Eleven homes... more »
  • Students evacuated due to downed transformer

    September 14, 2009 9:28 AM

    UPDATE: Students at Bakerfield Elementary School in Baker are returning to class. An Entergy crew has righted a poll that was leaning on power lines in front of the school. Students were evacuated as a safety precaution. 281 students were moved to the Baker Municipal Builidng. The students are... more »

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