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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Registration deadline for disaster aid is a week away

    November 5, 2016 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents affected by August flooding have one week left to register for disaster help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 14. Residents can visit www.disasterassistance.gov , call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or visit at any FEMA disaster recovery center. Assistance... more »
  • FEMA now says some people won't get an MHU until 2017 Play Video

    November 3, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- At a news conference Thursday, FEMA announced the agency is so backlogged trying to get manufactured housing units here, some flood victims who qualified won't get them until next year. The lack of inventory was highlighted in a WBRZ Investigative Unit report Wednesday. Emails we obtained showed a... more »
  • Livingston residents can get FEMA assistance for damaged graves

    November 3, 2016 11:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON – A community meeting will be held for residents with family members buried in Livingston Parish to get assistance for the reburial of caskets that were displaced by the August flood. According to the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, 21 cemeteries have been damaged... more »
  • Emails indicate FEMA is out of MHUs Play Video

    November 2, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- If you are currently waiting for a FEMA Mobile Housing Unit, you might have a bit longer to wait. Emails obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit appear to show the program is out of inventory. Two weeks ago, FEMA told us their inventory was low, but more trailers... more »
  • FEMA grant helps Livingston school campuses reopen following flood

    November 2, 2016 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE – With the help of a $17.5 million FEMA grant, Livingston Parish school campuses have reopened for students following the August flood. Students were able to return to the following Livingston Parish school campuses: Doyle Elementary, Holden School, Springfield Elementary, Denham Springs Junior High, Freshwater Elementary, Northside Elementary,... more »
  • FEMA offering free tips for repairing post-flood homes

    October 31, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA is offering free information at area home-improvement stores about repairing or rebuilding homes damaged in the August flood. Representatives will answer questions and offer home-improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. Most of the information is aimed at people who prefer "do-it-yourself"... more »
  • Shelter at Home application deadline Friday Play Video

    October 21, 2016 1:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents have a few hours left to apply for FEMA's Shelter at Home program. The deadline to apply for FEMA's Shelter at Home program is Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. for those wishing to apply in person at a disaster recovery center, 6 p.m. for... more »
  • FEMA unit delay, solved by 2 On Your Side Play Video

    October 19, 2016 5:55 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Many people are still waiting to get into their manufactured housing units following the August flood. Some say they've been locked out weeks for various reasons. Madeline Luke tells News Two she's been passed off from one person to the next, trying to get answers as... more »
  • Hotels booked, flood survivors having difficulty finding room Play Video

    October 18, 2016 7:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA extended it's checkout date for disaster survivors staying in hotels, but many hotels are booked solid. Cerita Smith was told she had to checkout of her hotel Tuesday morning, since it's booked and can no longer accommodate her. She's been staying there for a couple... 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 »
  • FEMA hotel program extended through mid-November

    October 17, 2016 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA will extend the time flood evacuees will be able to stay in rooms paid for by the federal government. Many people have been staying in area hotels since the August 2016 flood. FEMA is providing assistance through its disaster relief programs. The assistance was set... more »
  • Tips for residents to prevent delays in getting FEMA units

    October 17, 2016 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana flood victims can help prevent delays in the process of getting a Manufactured Housing Unit from FEMA. If residents are eligible for an MHU and have applied, FEMA will contact the applicant for a site inspection if they want to place the unit on their... more »
  • Road to recovery could test patience of Matthew victims

    October 15, 2016 3:11 PM

    TARBORO - Thousands of displaced Louisiana families are still waiting for government assistance to return home two months after the historically catastrophic deluge from a no-name storm system. An equally stressful housing crunch could await victims of Hurricane Matthew, which just dealt a deadly and destructive blow to the East... more »
  • Shelter at Home deadline extended to October 21

    October 14, 2016 9:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA has approved the state's request to extend the deadline to apply for the Shelter at Home program to October 21. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the need to extend the deadline was noticeable after hundreds of Louisiana flood survivors registered... more »
  • Flood survivors may be eligible for FEMA reimbursement for temporary lodging

    October 14, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood survivors who have registered with FEMA may be eligible for reimbursement if they had to pay out-of-pocket for temporary lodging due to flood damage to their home. FEMA officials say that residents are eligible for lodging expense reimbursement if they: - Register with FEMA... more »
  • There is a shortage of FEMA trailers in La. Play Video

    October 14, 2016 12:46 PM

    CENTRAL - State and Louisiana-elected federal leaders are frustrated with word that FEMA is scrambling to find more Mobile Housing Units; the common house trailers that have been towed to flood victims across the region. Central Mayor Jr. Shelton told WBRZ Friday, a n early-morning meeting with FEMA is... more »
  • More than 800 Central flood-damaged homes gone unreported Play Video

    October 13, 2016 10:04 PM

    CENTRAL - Central has posted a list of 800 homes with damage worth more than 50 percent of the value of their home, gone without being reported to various government agencies. Two months after the flood, some homeowners say there are various reasons they have not reported the damage to... more »
  • FEMA and SBA disaster assistance deadline extended until Nov 14

    October 12, 2016 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need FEMA assistance after August’s historic flooding have until Nov. 14 to apply for individual assistance. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the deadline extension on Wednesday afternoon. FEMA hopes the additional time will make sure that everyone affected by... more »
  • Livingston Parish gets high number of federal loans Play Video

    October 10, 2016 11:30 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish has the highest rate of federal loans awarded among parishes affected by the August flood. According to statistics provided by the Small Business Administration, 3,646 loans have been granted in a parish where 90 percent of structures reportedly flooded. In comparison, East Baton Rouge... more »

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