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  • FEMA denies reimbursements for flood-damaged roads in Livingston and Iberville Parishes Play Video

    April 11, 2018 7:08 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- FEMA has denied payments for flood-damaged roads following the August 2016 floods in Iberville and Livingston parishes. Both were hit hard by the flood. According to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Livingston is currently appealing FEMA's decision. However, in Iberville Parish, multiple appeals were... more »
  • Duplication of benefit term haunting flood survivors Play Video

    March 29, 2018 6:42 PM

    CENTRAL - Sometimes it's hard to accept the reality that all of the recovery funds available may not bring someone back to the living standards they were accustomed to prior to the August 2016 flood. It's a tough reality for Virginia Box. It all boils down to a... more »
  • FEMA allowing churches to apply for hurricane disaster aid

    January 3, 2018 6:45 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has revised its policies to allow houses of worship to apply for some federal aid to help deal with damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. FEMA announced Tuesday houses of worship no longer would be excluded from eligibility for FEMA aid. ... more »
  • FEMA homes to stay in Louisiana longer, but rent required

    December 10, 2017 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents displaced by the August 2016 flooding and living in mobile homes provided by the federal government can stay in them until May. But they'll have to start paying rent in March for the manufactured housing units. Louisiana's homeland security office says... more »
  • Flood victims continue to receive deductions on 2017 property taxes Play Video

    December 5, 2017 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mike and Margie Johnson are just about done rebuilding from the August 2016 flood. They're still living in a Manufactured Housing Unit but like their neighbors, whether they flooded or not, property taxes are coming due. Homeowners in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes are... more »
  • Louisiana schools receive additional $14 million in flood recovery funds

    November 28, 2017 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Area schools flooded in last year's dramatic flood will soon receive an additional $14 million in federal disaster aid. Some schools in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Tangipahoa parishes will be getting supplementary support funds after the August 2016 flood, FEMA announced Tuesday. The following... more »
  • Mortgage company slow to release money, rebuilding at standstill Play Video

    November 21, 2017 6:13 PM

    UPDATE: On Dec. 1 James Keener told 2 On Your Side he had received two checks in the mail from Union Pacific Financial totaling $27,414.53, which is the amount Keener had been requesting to move forward with his construction. BATON ROUGE - A man says he can't move... more »
  • FEMA to give $7.2M to help repair damages from 2016 flooding

    November 17, 2017 1:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- According to a release from U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's office, FEMA is granting $7.2 million to the East Baton Rouge School Board, Baker Schools System, West Feliciana Parish and Ouachita Parish. The money is to repair damage caused by the 2016 March and August flooding. A summary... more »
  • Appeals process begins for man fighting for insurance money Play Video

    November 13, 2017 6:03 PM

    WALKER - A man who tore his house down is battling with FEMA and his insurance company for the money he says he deserves. Paul Ortego told 2 On Your Side Friday he'd soon be filing an appeal with FEMA. He's been staring at a pile of dirt on... more »
  • FEMA rethinking ban on disaster aid to church buildings

    November 7, 2017 9:49 AM

    Pressure is mounting on the federal agency overseeing disaster response to change its routine denial of aid to churches, synagogues and mosques. Houses of worship are eligible for assistance when damaged buildings double as community halls. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency typically does not provide money to repair... more »
  • Family says its second MHU is moldy, too Play Video

    October 27, 2017 6:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A family in Livingston Parish says they've lived in two moldy manufactured housing units since the August 2016 flood. They're concerned about their health and tax dollars going to waste. Annette White tells 2 On Your Side she'd rather live in her unfinished home than breathe... more »
  • FEMA aid approved for Louisiana parishes impacted by Harvey

    October 17, 2017 7:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has been approved to receive federal assistance to help with recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Gov. John Bel Edwards and members of the state's congressional delegation announced Monday that President Donald Trump signed off on the FEMA aid request. Five days after striking Texas as a... more »
  • Private bridge damaged by flood, owner can't afford to fix Play Video

    October 9, 2017 7:26 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A private bridge over a parish-maintained canal was damaged during the August 2016 flood. The owner can't afford to fix it herself. Reva Beck has to park on one side of the canal and walk over the rickety bridge to her house. She says it's in... more »
  • Woman accused of stealing IDs to get $150K in FEMA money

    September 21, 2017 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana woman is accused of using stolen IDs to apply for $150,000 in disaster unemployment assistance after the August 2016 floods in Louisiana. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge says a federal grand jury indicted 47-year-old Renata Foreman of Independence on six counts Wednesday, including... more »
  • FEMA isn't relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

    September 19, 2017 9:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crunch since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than a decade ago. But the Federal Emergency Management Agency won't be relying on government-issued trailers or mobile homes... more »
  • Catholic Charities concerned help is fleeing Louisiana Play Video

    September 13, 2017 6:32 PM

    NEW ROADS - There are thousands of people still waiting, relying on the help of others to fix up their flood damaged homes. One of those people is Dorothy Ephron. With no flood insurance and little help from FEMA, she turned to Catholic Charities for help. Ephron is... more »
  • Woman blames busted culvert on FEMA contractor Play Video

    August 30, 2017 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crushed drainage pipe is causing a flooding problem whenever it rains. A homeowner says a truck drove over the culvert in front of her house and smashed the concrete pipe under her driveway. Shiela Weatherman says it happened when her FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit was... more »
  • FEMA grants Insurance Commissioner's request to extend flood loss deadline

    August 28, 2017 2:42 PM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- FEMA granted Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's request to extend a proof of loss deadline from September 1, 2017 until December 31, 2017. The extension affects residents who had flood insurance, but may not have received an amount that covered all of their repairs by their adjuster. The... more »
  • FEMA to award additional $5 million for flood recovery Play Video

    August 22, 2017 2:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE — To help replace emergency vehicles, remove flood debris and repair schools damaged during the 2016 flood, FEMA will be awarding more than $5 million in disaster funding. Federal funding will be reimbursed through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. More than $3.5 million for debris removal has... more »
  • FEMA house-hauler damaged water line; Homeowner soaked Play Video

    August 18, 2017 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man is facing a large bill after a tractor-trailer hauling a FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit drove over his plumbing line and broke it. Along Ventura Drive in Baton Rouge, water trickling from a pipe into the street has been a regular occurrence for weeks. ... more »
  • Woman says company collecting her MHU destroyed her yard Play Video

    August 16, 2017 6:04 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Recovery from the flood drags on for one French Settlement woman. She says the crew that hauled off her FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit destroyed her property. Kimberly Blom-Roemer says it's gone on long enough and wants her yard fixed. After trying to get someone to take... more »
  • NFIP policyholders have two weeks to submit Proof of Loss forms

    August 16, 2017 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE — The National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by the August 2016 floods have until Friday, Sept. 1 to submit a Proof of Loss form. More than 29,600 NFIP claims have been filed for the August 2016 floods. To date, there are less than 135 claims left... more »
  • Buyouts available for some flooded homes in Livingston Play Video

    August 4, 2017 6:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has started taking applications from homeowners who flooded and want to be bought out. The process is going to be lengthy, and homeowners will have to put up some of their own money, WBRZ learned Friday. Properties will have to be labeled a substantial... more »
  • FEMA: 1,001 households transition from MHUs to permanent housing since flood

    July 7, 2017 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More than a thousand households have made improvements in recovery and moved out of FEMA Manufactured Housing Units to more permanent housing. Immediately following the August 2016 flood, more than 4,600 eligible households were licensed into MHUs, according to FEMA. East Baton... more »
  • Woman faces eviction if rebuild doesn't start soon Play Video

    June 27, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who's living in a FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit is facing eviction if she does not start construction on her flood-damaged home. Floy Cook says she can't afford to make the repairs herself and she can't find anyone to help her. The clock is ticking... more »
  • Moldy MHU ruins flood victim's belongings Play Video

    June 23, 2017 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another blow for a flood victim who's manufactured housing unit has become a haven for mold. Monique Commodore says the mold has been festering for a couple weeks. She's watched as the mold has taken over her personal belongings. "More and more mold, everywhere," she... more »
  • Senate panel backs Trump's FEMA nominee

    June 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Senate panel has confirmed the nomination of President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs - on a voice vote Monday - backed approval of Brock Long. He previously ran Alabama's Emergency Management Agency and served... more »
  • Denham Springs to receive nearly $2.8 million in FEMA funding for debris removal

    May 31, 2017 12:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Denham Springs will receive nearly $2.8 million in FEMA disaster funding to assist with citywide debris removal following the August 2016 flood. The funding marks about $8.5 million in federal reimbursements for debris removal in the city, according to FEMA. The agency has also awarded more... more »
  • FEMA-funded hotel program ending for flooded families

    May 31, 2017 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA-funded hotel rooms for people who flooded in August ended Wednesday, with anyone left on the program requiring to check out of their rooms or begin paying the costs of housing themselves. FEMA has paid for rooms at area hotels, and in some cases, out-of-town, for... more »
  • Nextdoor partners with FEMA for targeted emergency updates

    May 24, 2017 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network, announced a national partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in efforts to give emergency updates to users easily. FEMA will use Nextdoor to help local neighborhoods prepare for, protest against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards, according to... more »
  • FEMA awards $1 million for debris removal in Central

    May 22, 2017 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More than $1 million in a federal grant has been awarded for debris removal for the City of Central, FEMA announced Monday. The grant has been awarded for debris removal for the August flood. The funds come from FEMA's Public Assistance program and continues to reimburse... more »
  • East Baton Rouge Parish schools get an extra $1.1M from FEMA

    May 12, 2017 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is getting an additional $1.1 million in help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the August flood. The disaster funding will help with demolition, cleaning, remediation costs of classrooms, offices, bathrooms and storage areas at four facilities. The additional... more »
  • EBR school system to receive additional $1.1 million in FEMA assistance

    May 11, 2017 5:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish School System will receive an additional $1.1 million in assistance from FEMA following the August flood. The FEMA disaster funding will help with demolition, cleaning, remediation costs of classrooms, offices, bathrooms and storage areas at four educational facilities. The additional funding... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel stay program until May 31

    May 9, 2017 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program has been extended for an additional 20 days. Eligible survivors may stay in participating hotel/motels through the night of Tuesday, May 30, 2017 but must check out by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The move marks the ninth time that the... more »
  • Fourth extension for flood victims to submit Proof of Loss forms

    May 5, 2017 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - National Flood Insurance Program policyholders have another chance to submit Proof of Loss forms for damage stemming from the August flood. The deadline to submit Proof of Loss forms was extended to Friday, September 1, 2017. FEMA representatives say the additional time allows policyholders to... more »
  • Woman sentenced for stealing nearly $11k from FEMA

    May 5, 2017 8:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans area woman has been sentenced in federal court for stealing nearly $11,000 in disaster-assistance money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. News outlets report 42-year-old Danielle Randall of Gretna was sentenced Thursday to 15-months in prison after pleading guilty to theft of federal funds.... more »
  • EBRSO to be awarded $1.5 million for flood recovery

    May 1, 2017 5:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will be awarded $1.5 million from FEMA for flood recovery. Recovery assistance will help replace damaged equipment, vehicles and other items used for emergency preparedness measures. The funds are delegated through FEMA’s Public Assistance program. According to FEMA, the amount represents... more »
  • August flood survivors get month extension for hotel stays

    April 9, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of last August's flooding who are still living in hotels and motels are getting a one-month reprieve. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says they now have to check out of their rooms by May 11. The previous checkout deadline was April 11. Nearly 250 households are... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel stay program until May 11

    April 7, 2017 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA’s Transitional Sheltering Assistance program has been extended until May 2017. Eligible survivors may stay in participating hotel/motels through the night of Wednesday, May 10, 2017 but must check out by Thursday, May 11, 2017. Following a mid-extension review, some applicants may be found ineligible... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel stay program until April 11 Play Video

    March 9, 2017 4:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA says the Transitional Housing Assistance program has been extended by one month for Louisiana flood survivors. Eligible residents can stay in participating hotels/motels until Tuesday, April 11. Those hotel stay bills are then sent directly to FEMA. FEMA says the program is a short-term... 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 »
  • Gov. Edwards hand delivers request to FEMA administrator

    February 24, 2017 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards met with federal emergency officials Friday to discuss ongoing flood and tornado recovery relief efforts. Friday morning, Edwards hand delivered a letter to acting FEMA administrator Robert J. Fenton Jr. The letter asks Fenton to consider public assistance grand funding for Ascension,... more »
  • Done with your FEMA unit? What you need to know

    February 24, 2017 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More Louisiana residents are returning home and no longer need their FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit. As of Thursday, Feb. 23, 87 units have been deactivated and collected. If you no longer need your MHU and are moved out, applicants should call their caseworker to request a... more »
  • Man accused of making bombs in trailer due in court Play Video

    February 22, 2017 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The man accused of building bombs in his Baton Rouge trailer is set to appear in court Wednesday. Baton Rouge Police discovered drugs, weapons and explosives inside 24-year-old Jordan Sergeant’s trailer two weeks ago. Authorities reported finding prescription medicine bottles filled with BB’s, a fuse and... more »
  • Livingston mobile disaster recovery center closes Wednesday

    February 21, 2017 1:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish mobile disaster recovery center at the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness on Government Blvd. will close this week. The center is set to close Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. FEMA announced that the need for center has diminished and parish... more »
  • Businessman gets 2 years in prison for FEMA fraud

    February 18, 2017 2:27 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to two years in prison for illegally obtaining federal grants for a fire department so that it could buy his company's products. Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Curtis Roller, of Jonesboro, submitted false information on a May 2009 grant application to the Federal... 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 »
  • FEMA: Disaster recovery center opening in New Orleans

    February 13, 2017 8:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says a disaster recovery center is opening in eastern New Orleans to help people whose homes and businesses were damaged by the tornado last week. Representatives from state and federal government and volunteer groups will be there to answer questions and help... more »
  • 'Anonymous' mask, homemade explosives found in BR trailer Play Video

    February 10, 2017 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Disturbing details are just coming to light about an arrest earlier this month where police found guns, drugs and homemade bombs in a trailer park where some disaster housing units were located. Multiple people were arrested in the bust at a home on Winchester. According to... 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 »
  • Assessment teams working through damaged neighborhoods Play Video

    February 8, 2017 6:30 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - As people cleanup from the tornadoes that tore through Louisiana Tuesday, damage assessment teams are walking neighborhoods gauging the damage. There are some things homeowners should do to properly document what's happened. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness recommends victims contact their insurance company... more »
  • Zachary puts year deadline on FEMA trailers Play Video

    January 26, 2017 6:41 PM

    ZACHARY – Residents in Zachary are left scrambling trying to repair their flood-damaged homes due to the city's refusal to pass an extension for flood survivors to live in their FEMA trailers. For some residents, repairing their homes is taking longer than they expected. Zachary residents Earl and... more »
  • FEMA will not duplicate benefits of insurance

    January 19, 2017 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood survivors must not accept the same benefits from more than one source, also known as the duplication of benefits, FEMA officials say. Federal and state agencies responding to disasters are prohibited from duplicating the benefits of insurance companies or other public or private entities. FEMA cannot... more »
  • Plumbing company sends lien notices to flood victims Play Video

    January 18, 2017 6:56 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Some people still rebuilding after the flood are getting a disturbing letter in the mail. They're being threatened with a property lien. It's been mailed to a few dozen "FEMA Recipients," or people with manufactured housing units. The letter is from a plumbing company in Shreveport,... more »
  • New round of inspections for FEMA trailers Play Video

    January 18, 2017 12:25 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- FEMA is close to delivering all the temporary mobile homes to flood victims in the capital region. Now another round of inspections will ramp up to confirm people living in the trailers still need them. FEMA will schedule appointments with homeowners to meet in person. Similar to... more »
  • FEMA extends hotel checkout deadline to Feb. 10

    January 12, 2017 12:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announced Thursday that the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program will be extended for another 24 days. According to a statement, FEMA says eligible Louisiana flood survivors may stay in hotels or motels through Thursday, Feb 9, but must check out by Feb. 10, 2017. ... more »
  • Kennedy seeks ban on officials getting flood recovery work

    January 11, 2017 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's call to ban public officials and their family members from receiving flood recovery rebuilding contracts is already in law. Richard Carbo, a spokesman for the Democratic governor, says if Kennedy wants to go further than what's currently on... more »
  • Unwanted FEMA trailer blocks home repairs Play Video

    January 10, 2017 10:34 PM

    UPDATE : The couple says the trailer has now been removed from the premises. BATON ROUGE - A couple rebuilding their flood damaged home had to delay their progress when FEMA dropped off a trailer right outside their house. B.J. and Kimmie Kirkpatrick applied for the trailer right... more »
  • Flood survivors battle freezing temperatures in harsh conditions

    January 8, 2017 10:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Jeffrey Turner is living in his flood damaged trailer home near Denham Springs. There’s mold on the walls, no working bathroom and the pipes froze this weekend. To keep warm, Turner must confine himself to one small room, the only part of the trailer that has... more »
  • FEMA unit left unlocked for weeks due to maintenance backlog Play Video

    January 3, 2017 6:54 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - FEMA tells flood victims living in manufactured housing units to call their maintenance number if there's a problem with an appliance or their unit. Some of those calls are taking weeks to answer. Debbie Gonzalez has been sleeping in a FEMA unit that does not lock.... more »
  • Woman gets MHU delivery after '2 On Your Side' report Play Video

    December 23, 2016 5:50 PM

    CENTRAL - A woman who was upset after FEMA promised that her approved housing unit would arrive "any day" says her problem was solved thanks to a WBRZ report. It was a difficult road for Kandy Rodgers, who said communication issues with FEMA kept her waiting for her approved... more »
  • Woman waiting on MHU tired of communication mishaps Play Video

    December 22, 2016 6:21 PM

    CENTRAL - FEMA says it expects to have everyone who has been approved for a Manufactured Housing Unit, in one by January 31. It's been a difficult road for Kandy Rodgers, who says the communication issues surrounding her MHU continue. She's been told it would be "any day" and... more »
  • Man surprised by size of FEMA housing unit, changes by manufacturer Play Video

    December 21, 2016 6:37 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS: A man's prayers were answered but somewhere along the line the result got lost in translation. Gene Bazar received a FEMA trailer Monday, but it's not the one he expected. "It's too long," he said. Bazar says he's been waiting to get a Manufactured Housing... 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 »
  • Worker says sub on FEMA job stiffed him thousands Play Video

    December 16, 2016 6:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A man hired to build the stairs and and porches for FEMA's Manufactured Housing Units says he hasn't been paid. Donipher Crosby says pay day was three weeks ago. His boss hasn't returned his calls so he called 2 On Your Side. Crosby says he... more »
  • FEMA extends TSA program to January 17

    December 15, 2016 3:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA has approved Louisiana’s request to extend the Traditional Sheltering Assistance program until January 2017. The TSA program is intended to provide “short-term sheltering” to flood survivors by allowing them to stay in FEMA approved hotel rooms. State officials requested the extension due to a... more »
  • Livingston Parish Sheriff frustrated with FEMA Play Video

    December 12, 2016 11:27 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH- The Livingston Parish Sheriff is one of many frustrated with FEMA. Sheriff Ard said his department had to put up money for deputies homes in an effort to keep flood-affected officers in the parish. Eighty-five percent of Livingston Parish residents were affected by the August flood. Of... more »
  • State to receive $26 million from FEMA mitigation grant program

    December 12, 2016 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Louisiana will receive $26 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding from FEMA for the March floods. Through the program, funds may be used for projects that support both state and parish hazard mitigation plans to reduce losses from future... more »
  • FEMA refuses to lessen Louisiana's cost for March flooding

    December 9, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. John Bel Edwards' request to lessen Louisiana's share of disaster response costs after March flooding that inundated north and central Louisiana. Louisiana's share of the federal response to the August flooding that ravaged south Louisiana is 10 percent. But... more »
  • Flooded home not considered total loss by FEMA, creating insurance issues Play Video

    December 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    CENTRAL - A homeowner thought he was covered by insurance when his home flooded in August. Now he's learned that's not exactly the case. Like many others, Herb Cornelius bought a home and purchased flood insurance. His home received 50 inches of water during the flood. The house is... more »
  • Continued FEMA assistance denied for woman paying rent, mortgage Play Video

    December 5, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim says she's been denied continued rental assistance from FEMA. While Anne Duvall repairs her home in Baton Rouge, she's been living in an apartment. FEMA awarded Duvall money to, which covered the deposit and the first month's rent. It did not cover utilities.... more »
  • FEMA grants governor's request to extend claims deadline

    December 3, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says federal authorities have granted his request for an extension of the filing deadline for those affected by August floods to submit a proof of loss claim. Edwards, in a statement Friday, said the extension approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency... more »
  • FEMA gives recovery update 100 days after flood

    November 22, 2016 11:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been 100 days since the historic August flood. An estimated seven trillion gallons of rainwater was dumped across southeast Louisiana, according to FEMA. That's more than four times the amount of water in Lake Pontchartrain. Tuesday FEMA announced more than 153,000 individuals and families registered... more »
  • More than 1,500 Ascension homes deemed substantially damaged

    November 16, 2016 6:35 PM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish officials announced Wednesday that 1,553 homes have been deemed substantially damaged due to August’s historic flooding. “We will begin sending out letters today, to notify property owners of their substantial damage assessment,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said. Matassa’s office says more than 10,000 homes... more »
  • FEMA now placing flood survivors in rental units Play Video

    November 15, 2016 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thousands of people are still trying to figure out where they'll live since their homes were destroyed during the flood. While some are living in their home and rebuilding, others are staying in manufactured housing units. Some, are still waiting. FEMA says it's working to find... more »
  • FEMA hotel program extended through mid-December

    November 14, 2016 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA officials announced another extension for the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program Monday evening, extending the program until Sunday, Dec. 18. FEMA's extension of the deadline will provide more time for flood evacuees to stay in rooms paid for by the federal government. Many people have... more »
  • City: Flood debris removed from Old Jefferson, Shenandoah

    November 14, 2016 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The city-parish has completed its final flood debris collection in Old Jefferson and Shenandoah. Monday, the mayor's office said debris removal was complete in the 70817 zip code and final passes were starting in zip codes 70815, 70816, and 70819. Debris removal crews began their... more »

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