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  • After a dozen floods, man moves into flood-free home Play Video

    February 22, 2017 6:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A man whose home has flooded a dozen times has moved out and into a new house. Jim Jobes and his wife moved into their home on Donaldson Drive in 1980. He had six feet of water twice, four feet of water twice and this last... 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 »
  • Evacuations called as rivers rise in California

    February 20, 2017 11:27 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Creeks and rivers are nearing flood stage in California as another rainstorm pounds the area, prompting evacuations and stranding several thousand people in a remote hamlet. Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday afternoon for areas of Monterey County as water rose in the Carmel, Salinas, and Big Sur... more »
  • Congressional aides tour flood damaged region Play Video

    February 20, 2017 6:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Aides of a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee took a bus ride through flood-damaged areas of the capital region while state officials asked them for more aid. Six months after the flood, state officials said many neighborhoods are in danger of falling apart without another congressional aid package. ... more »
  • Authorities searching for suspect in multiple August flood fraud cases

    February 18, 2017 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple police agencies are searching for a man after he allegedly committed contractor fraud against several victims of the 2016 Baton Rouge floods. Matthew Morris, owner of Complete Construction Contractors, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department, Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office and Walker Police department... more »
  • HUD approves plan for appropriation of flood relief money

    February 16, 2017 8:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had approved the first part of an action plan on how to use flood recovery money. The first appropriation is for about $438 million. "This is great news for nearly 200,000 families who were impacted by historic... more »
  • Getting EBR public schools back to normal will be expensive

    February 16, 2017 6:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is working to get as many schools as possible back to some sort of normal following the August flood. At a school board meeting Thursday evening, members were scheduled to be briefed on the first stages of six projects.... more »
  • New info on contractor accused of stealing thousands from flood victim

    February 15, 2017 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor is set to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail Wednesday after he allegedly took thousands of dollars in payments from a flood victim without completing repairs. According to the victim, she paid 49-year-old Gregory Gager an initial deposit of $2,500, plus... more »
  • Flood-damaged home bakery bounces back for Valentine's Day Play Video

    February 14, 2017 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim isn't letting damage to her home keep her from running her small business. Kennedy Meyers' home bakery has received a jump start since the flood. Meyers and her son were trapped in their home with chest-level waters during last August's flood. After... more »
  • St. Amant High School reopens to students, flood repairs still to be done Play Video

    February 13, 2017 7:26 PM

    ASCENSION – St. Amant High School reopened to students on Monday for the first time since the August flood. Students were displaced by the flood for more than a semester and they were eager to return back to their campus. "It's really good to be back and have a... more »
  • Homeowner blames neighbor's culvert for flooding Play Video

    February 13, 2017 7:08 PM

    SLAUGHTER - Some neighbors are at odds over who is responsible for the flooding one area experienced in August. It surrounds a person's culvert and where it directs water. Darla Howard's home is on the lower end of the block. She moved from Texas, into a home off Port... more »
  • St. Amant High reopens for the first time since flood Play Video

    February 12, 2017 10:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. Amant High School is ready to open its doors for the first time since the August floods. The school has been shut down for six months. In that same time, Principal Mia Edwards and much of the faculty have also been displaced by the flood.... more »
  • South Carolina contractor arrested for fraud following August flood repairs

    February 10, 2017 4:51 PM

    ASCENSION – A South Carolina contractor was arrested for fraud in connection to repair work following the August flood. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 49-year-old Gregory Gager for residential contractor fraud and engaging in business of contracting without a license. On Nov. 5, deputies received a complaint... more »
  • Contractor accused of defrauding flood victims released on bond

    February 10, 2017 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The contractor accused of defrauding thousands of dollars from residents in the wake of August’s flooding has posted bond. According to prison records, 39-year-old Matthew Morris was released from Ascension Parish Jail Friday after posting a $635,000 bond. Morris used a bailbonds service out of Baton... more »
  • St. Amant High School to reopen February 13

    February 9, 2017 6:38 PM

    ST. AMANT - St. Amant High School will reopen on Monday, following months of repairs after the August flood. Ascension Parish School Board officials said the move-in date comes after a successful Fire Marshal inspection, completed Monday. "We are very excited that the Gators will get back 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 »
  • City-parish to begin demolishing abandoned, flood-damaged homes Play Video

    February 6, 2017 7:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Abandoned, flood-damaged homes will be torn down soon, the city-parish said in a news release late Monday. Officials will start to condemn and demolish housing units flooded and let behind by owners. The mayor's office said structures that cause significant blight, public health and safety concerns... more »
  • Local coalition collecting furniture to aid flood victims Play Video

    February 4, 2017 11:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition, also known as BREAC, is back helping the community once again. Saturday, kicking off their latest project- Put the Heart Back in Your Home, to help flood victims restore some comfort into their houses. “Today we are collecting donations... more »
  • Many flood victims awaiting assistance with income taxes

    February 4, 2017 7:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lorenzo Lafleur and his family came out to the Main Library in Baton Rouge to get help with his income taxes. They lost everything in the flood. "I want to know is there is going to be some type of way to write it off.... more »
  • Flood victims can comment in person on state recovery plans

    February 4, 2017 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is holding public meetings for victims of the March and August floods to comment on the governor's plans for spending $1.2 billion in federal rebuilding aid. The first public meeting was held Friday in Lafayette Parish. Additional meetings are scheduled in Baton... more »
  • Gov. Edwards requests extension for Proof of Loss claims

    February 3, 2017 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has requested an extension for Proof of Loss Claims for Louisiana policyholders impacted by the August 2016 flood. The state previously requested and received an extension of Proof of Loss deadline through Feb. 9. An additional 90-day extension through May 10... more »
  • Severe clog at Governor's Mansion fixed Play Video

    February 2, 2017 12:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tucked behind the governor's mansion, sitting between two lakes, Capitol View Place may be one of the most upscale and politically connected neighborhoods in Baton Rouge but it still has drainage problems. Malaura Blanchard has lived in the subdivision for twenty years, her house sits on the... more »
  • Office of Community Development asking for input from flood-affected areas

    February 1, 2017 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Office of Community Development has again scheduled a series of public meetings for Louisiana’s regions that were impacted by the historic 2016 floods. The meetings are free and no reservations are required. The meetings provide residents an opportunity to view and comment on... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: City leaders admit "mistake" cost thousands of dollars Play Video

    January 31, 2017 5:36 PM

    GONZALES- Taxpayers are on the hook for nearly a quarter of a million dollars to repair the flooded out City Hall in Gonzales. Despite being in a flood zone, city leaders opted out of carrying flood insurance. City leaders said they never imagined the building would flood. "It never flooded,"... more »
  • Ascension public schools delay installation of temporary buildings

    January 31, 2017 10:51 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Weather delays have officially pushed back Ascension Parish public schools' plans for temporary buildings. The buildings were intended to help schools cope with heavy flooding that occurred in 2016. According to Supertintendent David Alexander, the buildings originally slated for installation on Feb. 3, 2017 were delayed... more »
  • Death toll from Southeast tornadoes, storms rises to 21

    January 27, 2017 8:38 PM

    ALBANY, Ga. - The death toll from a weekend outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the Southeast has increased to at least 21. A 77-year-old woman in southwest Georgia died from storm-related injuries Thursday night at a hospital. Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler told The Associated Press on Friday... more »
  • Family concerned overgrown ditch contributing to flood problems Play Video

    January 25, 2017 7:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Property owners along Tiger Bend Road are worried about a drainage ditch that's overgrown. Cindy Crain's family home flooded in August. Her mother was living in the home at the time. They say, if a ditch that runs behind the home was clear, the water might... more »
  • Mortgage company donates $15,000 to local food bank

    January 25, 2017 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Local mortgage company Assurance Financial donated $15,000 to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank in December. The donation was funded in part by an annual "Jeans Fund," which allowed team members to wear casual dress attire to work in exchange for contributing to the donation. ... more »
  • New Roads residents unconvinced about federal buyout plan Play Video

    January 25, 2017 12:22 AM

    NEW ROADS- Pecan Acres is a subdivision just to the north of New Roads where the waters rise so often, residents call it "flood-city." The low to moderate income neighborhood was built on an old landfill in the late 1960's, and most of the homes were constructed below flood elevation.... more »
  • SU law center to host free title-clearing event for flood survivors

    January 24, 2017 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Southern University Law Center will host a free title-clearing event for flood survivors. The legal aid session is open to flood survivors to provide services regarding title issues affecting flood-damaged property in East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes. The event is being held at... more »
  • Homeowner dealing with water in home again Play Video

    January 19, 2017 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flash flood warning puts one homeowner on alert. Her son says every time there's a good downpour, he worries water will find its way into the house. Thursday, that's what happened. Dennis Smart says he's had enough. "This has been going on for... more »
  • PHOTOS: Severe weather spreads across Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A severe storm hit the Baton Rouge area early Thursday morning, prompting multiple road closures and a flash flood warning . Multiple high water areas have been reported, and the flash flood warning remains in effect in the area until 10:30 a.m. more »
  • High water closes roads across Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and other parish officials are urging motorists to use caution when driving across the Baton Rouge area Thursday. “We are urging caution as drivers travel on our highways as there is high water and flooding in some areas,” Broome said. Several... more »
  • Family homeless since flood starts fire in abandoned house Play Video

    January 18, 2017 1:04 PM

    CENTRAL – A family left homeless after the flood sparked a fire while trying to take cover from morning rain Wednesday. The fire department told WBRZ News 2 reporter Brett Buffington , the family was living in a tent and went looking for shelter in an old, abandoned home.... more »
  • Storms cause severe flooding in Houston

    January 18, 2017 12:44 PM

    HOUSTON, Tx. - Severe storms have caused dangerous amounts of flood water in the Houston area. A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties. High water levels have slowed traffic on I-45 and multiple roadways are impassable due to the... 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 »
  • Post-flood water bill flooding woman with debt Play Video

    January 17, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim owes hundreds of dollars to the Baton Rouge Water Company. Cotrina Burton's home flooded in August. It wasn't until she planned to move into her new home did she notice a problem with her bills. She owes the water company about $800.... more »
  • Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group reopens pre-flood location

    January 16, 2017 12:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Group in Baker reopens it location at 6516 E. Myrtle Ave. Monday. The clinic took on roughly 10 inches of water and closed for five months after the Baton Rouge area experienced major flooding in August. The... more »
  • Flood victim to be featured on "Say Yes to the Dress" Play Video

    January 13, 2017 12:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A stylist who lost everything in the flood will have her story told and wedding featured on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" next month. Kelli Hutchinson works at Hair Show on Perkins Road. When producers heard her story and how she lost everything ahead of... more »
  • Central leaders levy blame for unfinished Comite River Canal Play Video

    January 13, 2017 12:01 AM

    CENTRAL- City politicians and residents hashed out why the Comite River Diversion Canal lies unfinished Thursday evening. The small group met at the Knights of Columbus hall off Greenwell Springs Road. According to reports the diversion canal would have reduced the August flooding by several feet in certain areas.... 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 »
  • Denham Springs flood debris pickup to begin Jan. 23

    January 12, 2017 12:06 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – The City of Denham Springs will begin final flood-debris pickup on Jan. 23. The city is asking for all debris, including furniture, drywall and other flood-damaged items, to be placed curbside by Jan. 22. Appliances and electronics are excluded from the pickup and homeowners are... more »
  • Flood survivors must demonstrate continuing need for rental assistance

    January 11, 2017 6:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - August flood survivors who have a continued need for temporary disaster rental assistance must submit paperwork that demonstrates a disaster-related, financial need. Survivors who received the initial two months of rental assistance may use funds to reimburse expenses for an apartment, house, hotel, or recreational vehicle... more »
  • Flood dumpster removed after On Your Side Report Play Video

    January 11, 2017 6:00 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - After several months of complaints, a dumpster that floated into a woman's yard during August's flooding has finally been removed. The removal comes after WBRZ aired a story about Kim Adams' situation Wednesday. She says she previously contacted Waste Management multiple times with no success. ... 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 »
  • Residents still dealing with "bank walkaways" damaged by August flood Play Video

    January 9, 2017 11:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A sign hangs in the front of Leroy and Karen Aucion's home that reads "You can't wash us away." It's a message to the August flood. But the Aucions, along with other residents in Woodlawn Acres neighborhood, are facing a disturbing reminder of the flood.... more »
  • Man's house pushed off piers, flood insurance won't cover damage Play Video

    January 9, 2017 5:48 PM

    BAKER - A homeowner says flood water pushed his house off its pilings and now he's having trouble getting the money from his insurance company to make it right. Mike Burnette didn't get any water inside his house during the August flood, but the water created a big problem... more »
  • Edwards to speak on first year in office

    January 9, 2017 1:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards reaches his one-year anniversary in office Wednesday. The Democratic governor knew he was inheriting a massive financial mess when his term began. But that wasn't the sole crisis to cross his desk during his first year. Two floods hit Louisiana in March and... more »
  • Flood-damaged home on Wildwood Pwy. destroyed in early morning fire

    January 9, 2017 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A home that was under construction due to damage caused by the August flood was destroyed in a fire early Monday morning. The fire occurred around 1:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Wildwood Parkway. Firefighters arrived on scene to find the home engulfed in flames... 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 »
  • Ascension Parish flood debris removal to end Jan. 20

    January 7, 2017 9:48 PM

    ASCENSION – A final pass for flood debris pick up in Ascension Parish will begin on Monday, Jan. 9 and continue through Jan. 20. The final pass for pick up will only include addresses that have been entered into the Private Property Debris Removal program, according to parish officials.... more »
  • Edwards' administration sends final plan for $438 million in flood relief; plans for $1.2 billion

    January 7, 2017 9:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Community Development submitted its final plan for $438 million flood-relief appropriation on Friday. The plan was submitted to the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development and Edwards said that the state should be cleared to begin spending as soon as March. The... more »
  • EBR debris removal to end Feb. 7; residents to move debris curbside

    January 7, 2017 5:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish officials announced that flood debris removal operations are set to end on Feb. 7. Residents who live in Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish who are still in need of flood debris removal services must move any debris curbside by Monday, Jan. 16 in... more »
  • Protecting flooded homes, MHU's from freezing temperatures Play Video

    January 6, 2017 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Temperatures are dropping into the 20s this weekend. The cold weather is going to be a problem for people who are still trying to rebuild after the flood as many people still have gutted homes without insulation. It's recommended all water pipes that could be exposed... 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 »
  • Walker files lawsuit against state; blames I-12 expansion for flooding

    January 5, 2017 4:17 PM

    WALKER – The city of Walker filed a class action lawsuit against the state, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and its contractors on Thursday afternoon, citing that the expansion of I-12 contributed to the severe flooding in the area during the August flood. Attorney Josh Palmintier of deGravelles,... more »
  • Two more Livingston Parish schools ready to reopen Play Video

    January 3, 2017 10:53 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- Teachers were putting the final touches on their classrooms Tuesday at Denham Springs Freshman High. Students are set to return for the first time since the flood. Principal Ken Magee said that even though it's not perfect, it's good to be back. "It might not look... 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 »
  • Flood victims frustrated with mortgage companies, AG offering help Play Video

    December 30, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims continue to feel frustration when it comes to mortgage companies releasing their insurance money. Some have called 2 On Your Side for help, but now a state office is stepping in. The State Attorney General's Office says it will help put pressure on mortgage... more »
  • Salvation Army flooded, moved, in need of donations Play Video

    December 27, 2016 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This is a very busy time of year for the Salvation Army. The Baton Rouge chapter says it will gladly take your gently used items for people in need. Cpt. Brett Meredith with the Salvation Army says a lot of people still don't know, the Baton... more »
  • Final flood debris pick up in Central on Jan. 4

    December 27, 2016 4:04 PM

    CENTRAL – The City of Central has arranged for a final flood debris pick up on Jan. 4. According to city officials, the final pass is due to the number of requests that have been received. Officials say that each street will be picked up throughout the city. ... more »
  • Despite disaster, future of flood project remains murky

    December 27, 2016 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite the flooding that struck south Louisiana in August, prospects for a decades-old project aimed at protecting Baton Rouge area homes remain murky. The 12-mile structure is called the Comite River Diversion Canal. It would siphon high water from the Comite River, sending it instead to the... more »
  • January meeting set to discuss flood spending plans

    December 25, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plans for spending more than $1 billion in newly approved federal flood recovery money will be discussed at a Jan. 6 meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced Friday that Louisiana would receive more than $1.2 billion, part... 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 »
  • Waste Management donates $200,000 grant to Livingston for flood recovery

    December 22, 2016 11:01 AM

    LIVINGSTON – Livingston Parish has received a $200,000 grant from Waste Management for flood recovery. The donation was made to Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard's Christmas Crusade, a non-profit dedicated to helping those in need within the parish. The funds will be placed into a "Louisiana Rises" account, officials... more »
  • Family reunited with team who saved son's life in flood Play Video

    December 21, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A mother and son were reunited Wednesday with the team of emergency officials that helped to save the boy's life in August's historic flooding. Jessica Michot needed help during the August flood in getting out of her home to get medicine for her medically fragile son,... more »
  • Homeowners selling flood-damaged home "as is" Play Video

    December 20, 2016 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Homeowners continue to put their flood-damaged homes up for sale. Terry Martin, who lives off of Old Hammond Highway in Baton Rouge, says he remodeled his home about a year ago. The house flooded in August and while Martin was throwing out his water-logged possessions, he... more »
  • Deputy's children get Christmas shopping spree Play Video

    December 20, 2016 12:10 AM

    BAKER- East Baton Rouge Parish Deputy John DePedro and his wife Dawn were planning a small Christmas for their two young children this year. They were hit hard in the flood and don't have a lot of money for presents. "We're living in a FEMA trailer and have a... 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 »
  • Few free items still available for people who lost things in flood

    December 14, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Organizers of a free store established to provide clothing and household items for people who lost items during the flood still has things available and is offering a “clearance” for anyone impacted by the flood. Unlike previous times the store was open, no one has to... more »

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