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  • Gas leak prompts Baker HS evacuation

    October 19, 2015 10:17 AM

    BAKER - School administrators said a gas leak forced them to evacuate Baker High School for less than an hour Monday morning. Superintendent Herman Brister said the leak was spotted around 7:20 a.m. and led to a brief evacuation. He said students went to the locations they learned through... more »
  • Wedding favors cause bomb scare

    October 1, 2015 8:59 PM

    DENVER, COLORADO- A TSA agent watching an X-ray machine spotted wax and fuses inside a checked bag at Denver International Airport and the terminal was evacuated as the bomb squad investigated the bag. It turned out to be wedding favors from a bride and groom who's names started with... more »
  • State unveils mobile pet shelter Play Video

    August 27, 2015 7:42 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry unveiled its new mobile pet shelter. It's a trailer that's designed to drive around picking up animals who need to evacuate in the event of a disaster. "We can go on-site where there is an emergency. And this is... more »
  • Evacuation lifted after lightning causes oil well fire

    July 27, 2015 3:41 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR - Authorities lifted an evacuation order Monday around a Vermillion Parish oil well which caught fire after a lightning strike this weekend. The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's Office said the fire was allowed to burn out at the well, which is on La. 717 west of Gueydan off... more »
  • Evacuations reported after Lake Arthur oil well fire

    July 26, 2015 5:57 PM

    LAKE ARTHUR, La. - Authorities evacuated a small area of Lake Arthur in south Louisiana after an oil well blew out Sunday, according to reports. KATC reported the fire happened in Vermillion Parish on Highway 717 across the Lake Arthur Bridge. Authorities told residents the fire started when lightning... more »
  • Evacuation order lifted after hazardous material leak

    July 7, 2015 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The evacuation order has been lifted for businesses along South Choctaw Drive. Officials were advising people to avoid South Choctaw from Flannery to Sherwood after a petroleum product leaked out of a high pressure line. About a dozen businesses were evacuated. South Choctaw has also been... more »
  • Just in time for bed, evacuation lifted after gas line rupture Play Video

    May 28, 2015 5:50 PM

    ZACHARY - Families in a quiet neighborhood just outside the city were able to return home just in time for bed Thursday night. They were forced to evacuate hours earlier after a gas line ruptured. The line broke and forced people in the High Plains Crossing subdivision off... more »
  • Fire on Gulf oil platform; 28 workers evacuated

    May 22, 2015 12:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fire on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast has forced the evacuation of 28 workers. The Coast Guard says the workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. Friday. No injuries were reported. Texas Petroleum Investment Company, the owner and... more »
  • Statue of Liberty evacuated after bomb threat; everyone safe

    April 24, 2015 2:28 PM

    NEW YORK - The National Park Service says a 911 caller made a bomb threat against the Statue of Liberty, leading to a precautionary evacuation of the island. The Park Service said in a statement Friday afternoon that all visitors and personnel were safe. It says the call came in... more »
  • West Virginia residents evacuate homes after landslide

    March 13, 2015 7:10 AM

    CHARLESTON, W.V. - A landslide near a West Virginia airport has forced residents in about 25 Charleston homes to evacuate. Media outlets report that the landslide began Sunday near the end of the main runway at Yeager Airport but reached a critical point mid-day Thursday. The landslide broke loose, taking... more »
  • All clear after bomb threat at Lafayette mall

    January 10, 2015 1:07 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The all clear was given after a bomb threat at the Acadiana mall. According to Lafayette police, the mall was evacuated at around noon and reopened at around 3 p.m. No suspicious packages were found. No word yet on where the threat came from. ... more »
  • 2+ years later, sinkhole evacuation eased

    December 4, 2014 1:35 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - After more than two years, the mandatory evacuation order for people living near an Assumption Parish sinkhole has eased for some of the area. The parish police jury reported Thursday that an area east of Grand Bayou along Highway 70 has been re-designated to a voluntary... more »
  • Residents ready for possible evacuations

    November 24, 2014 2:05 AM

    BUFFALO, N.Y. - Families are packing up their belongings in preparation for possible evacuations due to flooding. Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 60 degrees on Monday, causing concern about runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told residents to "err on the side of caution" Sunday... more »
  • Slow-moving lava creeps closer to Hawaii homes Play Video

    October 29, 2014 3:32 AM

    PAHOA, HI - Hawaii authorities say lava from Kilauea volcano is burning tires and other materials that could generate more smoke. Hawaii County civil defense authorities late Tuesday warned residents with respiratory problems living downwind of the flow to take precautions and stay indoors. The lava was about 370 yards... more »
  • Emergency responders say they're ready for Ebola Play Video

    October 6, 2014 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After a man caused an entire police station to evacuate on Friday, emergency responders say they are ready to handle Ebola if it came to Baton Rouge. A protective face mask, gloves and gowns are just a few ways emergency responders prepare for any situation that... more »
  • Rains bring big gains against California wildfire

    September 26, 2014 2:09 AM

    PLACERVILLE, CA - A day of light rain has brought big gains against a Northern California wildfire, reducing the number of threatened homes from thousands to hundreds. State fire officials say fewer than 300 structures are threatened by the King Fire east of Sacramento on Thursday night, a figure they... more »
  • Wildfire threatens 500 northern California homes Play Video

    August 25, 2014 2:14 AM

    WEAVERVILLE, CA - State officials say a fast-growing wildfire near the Northern California town of Weaverville is threatening about 520 homes and businesses. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said late Sunday the fire was about 2 miles west of the historic town and has forced the evacuation of... more »
  • 13,000 evacuation calls in California wildfire Play Video

    August 19, 2014 1:58 AM

    MARIPOSA, CA - Authorities have sent evacuation orders to some 13,000 phone numbers as a wildfire bears down on a foothill community near Yosemite National Park in Central California. Sheriff John Anderson issued the evacuation orders late Monday and declared a local state of emergency in Madera County. Sheriff's spokeswoman... more »
  • Wildfire prompts evacuation order Play Video

    July 18, 2014 2:12 AM

    SPOKANE, WA - A Washington sheriff says a small town and nearby hospital threatened by a wind-whipped wildfire have been evacuated, and the blaze has burned at least 35 homes in his county. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says he's heard of no injuries from the Carlton Complex of wildfires.... more »
  • Bomb hoax shuts down UL Lafayette campus

    July 16, 2014 9:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Police in Lafayette said a bomb threat that caused the closure of one of Louisiana's largest universities was a hoax. Louisiana state police said a suspicious package found near campus was not an explosive device, but was made to look like one. Earlier reports indicated that... more »
  • Officials: Gasoline caused mystery odor in homes

    July 14, 2014 4:07 PM

    SKIPPACK, PA - Authorities say gasoline-tainted groundwater caused the mysterious smell that led to a voluntary evacuation of about 150 homes in suburban Philadelphia. Officials say the contaminated water got into the sump pumps of the townhouses in Skippack and caused a noxious odor. Residents first reported the smell on... more »
  • Mysterious odor leads to evacuation of 100 homes Play Video

    July 14, 2014 2:03 AM

    SKIPPACK TOWNSHIP, Pa. - A mysterious odor has prompted the evacuation of about 100 homes in Pennsylvania. A fire chief tells WPVI-TV in Philadelphia that crews haven't pinpointed the cause of the odor, but they've gotten high readings of hydrogen cyanide in about 100 homes in a Skippack Township neighborhood.... more »
  • Alaska wildfire keeps growing after evacuations

    May 26, 2014 1:43 PM

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A massive, wind-whipped wildfire in Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is growing after evacuation orders were issued, but fire managers are hoping rains forecast for Tuesday will help crews gain a handle on the blaze. The Funny River Fire covered nearly 248 square miles as of Monday morning and... more »
  • Texas Panhandle wildfire destroys about 75 homes

    May 12, 2014 7:56 AM

    FRITCH, TX - Emergency officials say about 75 homes are destroyed and hundreds of people have evacuated the area after a wildfire burned near a small town in the Texas Panhandle. The Texas Department of Public Safety said in an email late Sunday that no one has been hurt in... more »
  • Electrical problem blamed for smoke at school

    April 16, 2014 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighters said an electrical problem caused smoke at Shenandoah Elementary Wednesday morning, which led to an evacuation of the school. A St. George Fire Department spokesperson said just after 9 a.m. the school reported smoke had appeared in one of their buildings. When firefighters arrived they... more »
  • St. John issues voluntary evacuation

    October 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    LAPLACE, LA - St. John the Baptist Parish has issued a voluntary evacuation extending north of I-10 to Manchac. High waters could cause problems along Highway 51. More updates coming as we track Tropical Storm Karen. more »
  • Curfew, evacuations in Plaquemines Parish

    October 4, 2013 12:16 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - Authorities in Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory 24-hour curfew Friday night for the eastbank of the parish. Parish officials issued a mandatory evacuation order earlier in the day for the eastbank. A voluntary evacuation is being called for the westbank of the parish from Ironton to... more »
  • Remaining derailment evacuees going home

    August 8, 2013 7:38 AM

    LAWTELL - A mandatory evacuation order for the remaining 150 residents near a Union Pacific train derailment in St. Landry Parish will be lifted and they will be allowed to return home Thursday. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says U.S. 190 also will be reopened, except for a one-mile... more »
  • Evacuation to be lifted after train derailment

    August 7, 2013 2:38 PM

    LAWTELL - Sheriff's deputies announced a mandatory evacuation would be lifted Thursday for people living near the site of a train derailment in St. Landry Parish. The parish sheriff's office said residents would first have to report to the Yambilee Building between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday to... more »
  • Evacuation lifted for some near train derailment

    August 6, 2013 1:28 PM

    LAWTELL - State police say about 100 people evacuated from their homes Sunday after chemicals leaked from a derailed train will be allowed to go home Tuesday afternoon. Capt. Doug Cain says the evacuation area - originally about a mile around the site - was narrowed to a quarter-mile after... more »
  • Cleanup, evacuation continues after train derailment

    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 »
  • 44 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout

    July 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Wild well experts are expected to arrive soon at the site of a natural gas well blowing out of control in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast. Hercules Offshore Inc. operated the drilling rig where the blowout occurred. Jim Noe, a Hercules executive, said Tuesday evening... more »
  • US official: US orders diplomats to leave Egypt

    July 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. official says the State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats and the families of all American Embassy personnel to leave Egypt after the Egyptian military removed Morsi and in anticipation of potential violence. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to... more »
  • State agency calls for disaster volunteers

    May 29, 2013 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials called for volunteers to help support Louisiana in case of an emergency this hurricane season. "Volunteers are the backbone of our response to emergencies like hurricanes," said Assistant Secretary for Public Health J.T. Lane. DHH said Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) can provide... more »
  • Fire evacuation ends, families allowed back home Play Video

    May 3, 2013 11:05 PM

    DEHNAM SPRINGS - About 30 families will sleep in their own beds this weekend after being forced out of their homes by a large oil storage tank fire. Thursday night, one tank exploded and a few hours later, caught the storage tank adjoining it on fire too. The incident... more »
  • OEP: Lightning might have caused oil tank fire

    May 3, 2013 11:00 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency managers in Livingston Parish said lightning might have caused an oil storage tank to catch fire last night near Denham Springs. Mark Harrell, director of the parish Office of Emergency Preparedness, said people living near the fire at Linder Road and Arnold Road told them... more »
  • 30 homes evacuated after oil tank explodes

    May 2, 2013 11:08 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Emergency crews are trying to keep an oil storage tank from exploding, after another tank nearby erupted into flames Thursday night. People in the immediate area of Linder Road and Arnold Road have been evacuated. The Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness told WBRZ News 2... more »
  • Heavy rain brings flooding to areas of Jackson Co.

    May 2, 2013 7:42 AM

    PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Jackson County Emergence Management officials say at least 60 people have been evacuated from flood-prone areas amid heavy rains that are expected to continue into the weekend. Local emergency management Earl Etheridge says about 50 have been evacuated in Moss Point and about 10 in Pascagoula... more »
  • DNR to appoint sinkhole commission

    March 18, 2013 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home. The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick Courreges,... more »
  • Brockovich gets involved with Assumption sinkhole

    March 6, 2013 8:10 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a California attorney are coming to Louisiana to discuss legal options for residents evacuated from the Bayou Corne area due to a giant sinkhole. Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Thomas V. Girardi says he and Brockovich will attend a community meeting Saturday at... more »
  • DEQ searching for source of school-closing smell Play Video

    February 8, 2013 5:56 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - Parents said they were frightened to hear a gas leak closed their children's school today in north Baton Rouge. Lucille McKnight said she received a phone call about 10:30 a.m. Friday with a recorded message from Crestworth Elementary telling her there was a gas leak, and parents... more »
  • Student arrested after bomb threat, evacuation

    January 30, 2013 3:20 PM

    CLINTON - Authorities arrested an East Feliciana High student today after they said another student overheard them threaten to bomb and shoot up the school. State Police said 17-year-old Sean Mahan faces terrorizing charges in connection with the incident, which caused the school to be evacuated. Investigators said... more »
  • 'All clear' given after ammonia leak forces evacuations

    January 10, 2013 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People who were evacuated from their homes when ammonia leaked from an ice facility were allowed to return late Thursday evening. The leak was reported at the Reddy Ice facility on Myrtle Ave. Ammonia was found leaking from coolers at the business. Law enforcement evacuated a... more »
  • Ammonia leak leads to evacuation in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities evacuated an area of Baton Rouge after a reported ammonia leak this afternoon. The leak was reported at the Reddy Ice facility on Myrtle Ave. Ammonia was found leaking from coolers at the business. Law enforcement evacuated a two-block radius around the business, including... more »

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