February 11, 2015 10:36 PM
ST. AMANT - Wednesday night, people unprotected from flooding learned about plans to protect them from high water since Ascension Parish is moving forward with a project approved by voters in 1983.
Already, pumping stations and a flood-wall have been built. The final piece is a 4.5 mile levee... more »
January 30, 2015 10:38 PM
MAUREPAS - An icon of Livingston Parish, Val's Marina, will close for good Saturday.
On Facebook , managers posted daily updates about the last crowds visiting and eating along with pictures that mark joyous moments in the restaurant's more than 50 year history. Mangers posted most of the menu... more »
January 25, 2015 2:07 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A broken water pipe flooded some electrical equipment and caused a delay in departure for a cruise ship slated to leave New Orleans. Royal Caribbean International said Saturday it happened on the Serenade of the Seas. The cruise line said the ship's critical systems, including navigation, were... more »
December 15, 2014 9:49 PM
MAUREPAS - There's an $11 million plan to purchase flood-prone properties in Livingston Parish and either tear them down, or raise them above flood levels.
In the next year and a half, the parish plans to tackle about 90 low-lying properties. Most of them will be elevated to comply... more »
November 24, 2014 6:50 PM
GALVEZ - Officials in Ascension Parish opened their latest addition of flood protection on the Henderson Bayou just south of Lake Villar.
The flood gate will keep back water from the Amite river from flowing into Henderson Bayou and flooding homes in the Lower Galvez area.
"It's right... more »
October 2, 2014 10:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - A change of protocol is being considered by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for how the Morganza floodway is operated.
Thursday, the Corps presented a proposal to a group of people in Baton Rouge. The changes include operating at a different water level the next... more »
September 29, 2014 6:40 AM
ABBEVILLE - School officials in Vermilion Parish are moving ahead with plans for a concrete wall and pump system to protect more of the parish's schools from floodwaters. They are determined not to see a replay of problems encountered with flooded schools following Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Ike in... more »
September 4, 2014 9:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - A busted sewer pipe is creating a stinky problem for drivers.
The main sewer line along Burbank at Staring has collapsed in multiple places, blocking the water. The busted line carries rain water and sewage to the main pumping station on Gardere Lane. The blockage prohibits... more »
August 3, 2014 1:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials say they've received approval of a $2.1 million low-interest, energy efficiency loan to support Jefferson Parish's efforts to upgrade its flood-protection system. The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says the loan is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy. Jefferson Parish plans to use the... more »
July 29, 2014 10:14 PM
BELLE ROSE - A plan to fix a flooding issue that plagued a town's cemetery is underway.
Parish leaders have acted on an idea to divert rising water to other areas. The move will protect Rosehill Baptist Cemetery.
The cemetery flooded so badly on May 28, some families... more »
July 18, 2014 10:18 PM
CENTRAL - People blame clogged drains and blocked culverts for flooding in Bridlewood subdivision Friday.
The week ended like many others do when there is a significant rain event: flooded streets, sometimes feet deep.
The water flooded yards, covered some lawn furniture and brought fish to the front... more »
July 18, 2014 12:30 PM
Heavy rainfall will last through the day and more rain is expected this weekend.
Localized heavy rain has created problematic road conditions for drivers this morning. Forecast models indicate that scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and impact the area through Friday evening, though with a few... more »
July 11, 2014 10:33 PM
LIVINGSTON- A group of elderly residents in Livingston Parish are living in filth since sewer water continues to flood their apartments due to improperly installed sewer lines and faulty pumps.
The latest flood at the Red Oak Apartment complex was blamed on rain and power outages. Residents say they... more »
June 10, 2014 11:05 PM
BELLE ROSE - At a town hall meeting Tuesday night, Assumption Parish leaders presented a plan to fix a town's flooding problem.
Rosehill Baptist Cemetery flooded so badly on May 28, families of those buried there had to put sandbags on the crypts to keep them from raising and... more »
June 10, 2014 6:02 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Homeowners in the Beechwood Subdivision off of LA 42 in Ascension Parish have an axe to grind with a nearby development.
Ted Prudhomme thinks the new subdivision is sending water onto his property.
"The past two years, since they cleared out the property behind my property... more »
June 6, 2014 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Biggert Waters Act of 2012 sent some flood insurance premiums in Louisiana through the roof, but now those payments should be more manageable.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, passed in March, brings insurance premiums back down to their previous level for homes purchased before 2012.... more »
June 5, 2014 6:02 PM
GONZALES- The Marvin J. Braud pumping station in Ascension Parish was working in full force last week when record rains pummeled the parish.
Six pumps help drain the upper part of the parish including the communities of St. Amant and Gonzales, but the lower part of the parish filled... more »
June 4, 2014 10:33 AM
MATHEWS, La. - DPW crews continued to check levees in Lafourche Parish for weak spots after a breach earlier this week that officials said was due to backwater flooding in Ascension and St. John parishes.
Lafourche Parish leaders declared a state of emergency after the breach Monday night in... more »
June 2, 2014 2:54 PM
DARROW - Flood victims in Ascension Parish started cleanup efforts Monday to remove ruined flooring and belongings after heavy rains sent water into homes.
Cantrelle Green and dozens of her neighbors in the Astroland subdivision in Darrow saw several inches of water pour into their homes last week.
... more »
May 29, 2014 10:28 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE- The small community of Brusly-St. Vincent is begging for help as residents continue to wade through hip-high water to get to their homes.
"The bridge further down the road, they made a new bridge and put culverts instead of pylons and the water gets trapped there, it won't... more »
May 29, 2014 6:07 PM
ABEN - Residents in the small community of Aben just outside Donaldsonville are dealing with high water for a second-straight day.
Thursday flood waters stood as high as the front step to many homes. Residents say water rose to nearly four inches inside their homes Wednesday after heavy rains.... more »
May 29, 2014 11:07 AM
GONZALES - With more storms expected today, Ascension Parish is recovering from Wednesday's heavy bouts of rainfall which led to many road closures.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office released an update that advised of the following road closures as of 1 p.m. Thursday.
Astroland Subdivision Underpass at St.... more »
May 28, 2014 9:07 PM
BELLE ROSE - A flooded cemetery in Assumption Parish forced loved ones of those entombed there to scramble to weigh coffins down with sandbags before they floating away in high water.
By Wednesday afternoon, Rosehill Baptist Cemetery in Belle Rose off Highway 998 had about a foot of water... more »
May 28, 2014 6:19 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish identified a man found dead in a flooded parking lot Wednesday afternoon as Danny Deville, 56.
Deville was from Melville, deputies said. He was found outside the business he worked at on Babin Road around 4:30 p.m.
Deputies said the business... more »
May 5, 2014 12:24 PM
April 27 - May 3 was arguably the wildest week of weather 2014 has seen thus far. From tornadoes to historic flooding, from the Midwest to the Northeast, few regions were spared from a multitude of hazards. But social media and modern technology meant cameras recorded while Mother Nature pushed... more »
May 2, 2014 11:17 AM
"The forecast area is on the optimistic side of a very wet and highly efficient boundary that has been pummeling Southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle overnight. This event is remarkably similar to May 9, 1995, just displaced about 70 miles east." Those remarks topped the area forecast discussion issued... more »
April 10, 2014 10:21 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Thursday night the Livingston Parish Council talked about the real problem on Eden Church Road: clogged drains and not bad design.
For years, residents along Eden Church have complained about flooding, no matter how little or how much it rained.
"That's all I can ask... more »
March 7, 2014 6:05 PM
BUTTE LAROSE - Residents in the Morganza Floodway got their flood warning letters from the Army Corps of Engineers, but many say they aren't worried. Many people in the floodway said they got out before the last big flood, almost three years ago.
This year they say they're staying... more »
February 26, 2014 5:56 PM
PORT ALLEN - When the rain came down on 12th Street in Port Allen, raw sewage came up.
Carolyn Simmons said this is the third time in the past year she's found raw sewage at her house.
"It was bubbling up from the toilet and the bathtub but... more »
February 6, 2014 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Senior citizens displaced by a fire will have to stay out for a second night, but not due to damage from the flames.
A microwave caught fire on the fifth floor of Catholic Presbyterian Apartments late Wednesday night. The apartment's sprinkler system quickly extinguished the fire,... more »
January 30, 2014 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON- The Senate has passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government. The 67-32 vote reflects widespread concern about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program's finances.
The changes are producing... more »
January 16, 2014 11:26 PM
WASHINGTON- A spending plan approved by Congress Thursday includes temporary relief for some homeowners who face skyrocketing flood insurance rates.
The measure postpones rate increases for people who have had the same flood insurance policy since about June 2012. For newer homeowners and policy holders, there will be no... more »
November 28, 2013 11:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Insurance is joining a lawsuit against rate hikes in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Commissioner Jim Donelon say the department filed a "friend of the court" brief in Mississippi's lawsuit against the federal government.
The lawsuit says the Federal Emergency Management... more »
November 25, 2013 9:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Many homeowners are patiently waiting on lawmakers to vote on the Flood Insurance Affordability Act. If the legislation does not pass, insurance rates for homeowners could skyrocket.
The new rules have caused home values to drop because of the uncertainty over rates and the fact that... more »
October 23, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Congressional staff members met with Louisiana legislators today to discuss their strategies to curb rising flood insurance premiums before the Biggert-Waters Act takes effect.
The law was enacted to help bolster the National Flood Insurance Program, which isn't solvent following several national disasters. It intends to... more »
October 1, 2013 10:27 PM
GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish.
The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system.
Ascension... more »
September 9, 2013 3:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army general who won acclaim for helping restore order in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina is backing a flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies. Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore endorses the lawsuit in a full-page advertisement in Monday editions of The Advocate newspaper.... more »
August 28, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies.
The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the... more »
August 26, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish.
The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
August 15, 2013 10:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Supporters of a southeast Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies greeted the board with enthusiastic applause as its monthly meeting was gaveled to order. More than a dozen stood and applauded at Thursday's opening of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which oversees... more »
August 14, 2013 11:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana flood control official is likening the oil and gas industry in coastal Louisiana to rock stars who bring a lot of money to the area but, in his words, "trashed the hotel room." Stephen Estopinal was speaking in defense of an unprecedented lawsuit filed against... more »
July 30, 2013 10:17 AM
KROTZ SPRINGS - St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says the Louisiana National Guard will foot the $136,000 bill for flood barriers a Krotz Springs man floated for two years. Fontenot said his office, Krotz Springs Mayor Carroll Snyder and Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Kevin... more »
July 24, 2013 5:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a "trial lawyer windfall." The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday. The lawsuit says oil and... more »
July 24, 2013 12:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Officials in the oil and gas industry say they will vigorously defend against a lawsuit accusing companies of damaging hundreds of acres of coastal land that serve as a natural buffer against hurricane flooding. A statement from Chris John, president of the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas... more »
July 23, 2013 11:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A break in a 16-inch water main flooded streets in a section of New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, prompting the rerouting of traffic around areas where water covered the bumpers of some parked cars. The break occurred early Tuesday. Residents of surrounding areas awoke to low water pressure.... more »
June 24, 2013 2:15 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review the dismissal of a landmark ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers was liable for billions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina flood damage that property owners blame on the corps' maintenance of a New Orleans shipping channel. The Supreme... more »
June 15, 2013 5:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it has completed all permanent structures in a $3 billion system of levees and floodwalls around the west Bank of New Orleans and Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes. Ceremonies are planned Monday to mark completion of the West Bank and... more »
May 22, 2013 5:53 PM
LIVINGSTON - New homeowners may have to dig deep into their wallets to cover the costs of flood insurance.
The new insurance prices come after the Biggert-Waters Reform Act was passed in 2012, to phase out current subsidized insurance rates and help bring the federal flood insurance program out... more »
May 6, 2013 3:45 PM
LAKE PROVIDENCE - The Mississippi River is again flooding about 8,500 acres of farmland in East Carroll Parish's Bunches Bend, which had a huge levee failure in 2011 that wiped out $10 million in crops. The News-Star reports the 2011 breach on the levee's northern end was fixed, but a... more »
April 30, 2013 5:40 PM
BATON ROUGE- Army Corps of Engineer inspectors found a minor crack in the levee near the USS Kidd today during a routine inspection.
The inspection, part of the "Phase One Flood Fight," is triggered when the river reaches a certain level, but the Corps says it's no cause for... more »
April 24, 2013 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Flooding on numerous streets in Baton Rouge caused traffic problems after strong storms moved through the capital area this morning.
Click here to see a gallery of flood pics from around East Baton Rouge Parish.
The Department of Transportation and Development briefly closed I-110 due... more »
April 17, 2013 8:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - A deadline is approaching for Louisiana policyholders to file flood insurance claims over damage from Hurricane Isaac last year.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says most policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program have until April 22 to complete their proof-of-loss claims.
FEMA says the... more »
March 28, 2013 6:28 PM
LAPLACE - Homeowners in St. John the Baptist Parish are concerned new FEMA flood maps will send flood insurance rates up 25 percent each year.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act signed into law by President Obama last year allows rates to increase on certain properties in flood zones... more »
March 25, 2013 7:50 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope two major drainage projects will provide parish residents with increased flood protection. A floodgate, which will help alleviate backwater flooding from the Amite River, is expected to be finished next spring, while a sixth pump at Marvin Braud could go online within the next... more »
February 25, 2013 2:11 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it.
A report released today said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system worked as... more »
February 22, 2013 11:07 AM
BATON ROUGE- Property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. Policy owners now have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims. The National Flood Insurance Program says... more »
February 22, 2013 10:43 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barak Obama signed a major disaster declaration today for the state of Louisiana, freeing up federal funds to help pay for damage caused by flooding and storms last month.
The funding will be available to state and eligible local governments, as well as certain nonprofit... more »
January 29, 2013 5:38 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Two weeks after a major rain event, residents along Bluff Rd. in the Alligator Bayou area are still flooding. Last Friday, two temporary pumps were installed to clear some of the mess, pumping water from Frog Bayou to Bayou Manchac.
Drainage officials report the water has gone... more »
January 23, 2013 7:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have another 30 days to file claims for their flood losses.
Policy owners now have until Feb. 21 to complete their proof of loss.
The National Flood Insurance... more »
January 21, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - Authorities in Ascension and Livingston parishes announced waterways in both areas will reopen for recreational boat traffic at noon today.
The rivers closed after heavy rain and flooding swelled local waterways to unsafe levels.
Several parishes around the state delcared disasters after the flooding damaged bridges,... more »
January 15, 2013 10:35 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials asked Livingston Parish residents to take time from their cleanup efforts and call in any water damage they received from recent flooding.
The parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness needs the information to apply for any public assistance that could be made... more »
January 14, 2013 12:45 PM
HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish.
Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... more »
January 14, 2013 10:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish authorities continued to deal with swamped roads and high river levels after heavy flooding last week and more rain this past weekend.
Waterways are still closed to recreational watercraft until they drop back down to safe levels again.
Here's a list of current road... more »
January 14, 2013 10:27 AM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish residents continued cleanup efforts after flooding last week and more rain this weekend.
The parish declared a disaster after heavy rains last week flooded low-lying portions of the parish and swelled river levels. Gov. Bobby Jindal also issued an emergency declaration for the state... more »
January 13, 2013 8:59 PM
MAUREPAS - Walking through Val's Marina in rain boots is déjà vu for Brett Bell.
Water is every where you look, just like after Hurricane Isaac.
"It's kinda surreal. We didn't know the water was gonna get back in," says Bell's wife and restaurant co-owner Nicole.
The... more »
January 11, 2013 10:36 PM
LIVINGSTON - Water is threatening the livelihood of residents and business owners in Livingston Parish.
Val's Marina, a well-known restaurant, was flooded out during Hurricane Isaac. After a week of rain, water is inching closer and closer to their doorstep.
WBRZ's Rosa Flores does a walk-through of the... more »
January 11, 2013 5:42 PM
SATSUMA - Flooding in a Satsuma neighborhood has kept residents from leaving their homes for three days.
The neighborhood backs up to Hornsby Creek, a waterway that's normally 10 feet wide. Today, water fills yards and residents fear water coming into their homes.
"Unfortunately it's getting higher and... more »
January 11, 2013 3:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding.
The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities.
Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... more »
January 10, 2013 5:42 PM
DARROW - The water in many Ascension Parish neighborhoods like Pelican Point has subsided enough for trucks or other large vehicles to traverse the roads. The same cannot be said for Darrow, a few miles south.
"I had a little patch of grass. Now you don't see any grass.... more »
January 10, 2013 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today for Louisiana in the wake of severe weather and flooding around the state.
Jindal said Acadia, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Livingston and St. Landry parishes have already declared states of emergency to help residents deal with... more »
January 10, 2013 10:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Severe weather swamped already-flooded parishes this morning, forcing closed more roads and schools.
Here's a list of updated closings for Jan. 10:
SCHOOL CLOSINGS - Pointe Coupee Parish Public Schools: closing at noon - St. Mary Parish Public Schools - St. Helena Parish Public Schools... more »
January 9, 2013 5:42 PM
LIVINGSTON- Many people just finished with repairs from Hurricane Issac are now facing another threat because of several days of rain, with more in the forecast.
Water crossed portions of Perrilloux Road before a much-needed break in the rain late this morning. Homeowner Sam Mack says he got about... more »
January 8, 2013 6:03 PM
MORGAN CITY - Heavy rain and flood watches prompted a coastal school district to cancel classes tomorrow.
The St. Mary Parish School Board announced on their website this evening that they would cancel Wednesday classes, due to the bad weather.
Most of southern Louisiana is under a flash... more »
January 4, 2013 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run... more »
October 29, 2012 2:42 PM
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Hurricane Sandy is now expected to blow ashore in New jersey or Delaware by this evening -- hours sooner than previously expected. The storm has picked up some forward speed. It's already washed away a part of the Atlantic City Boardwalk. And it's threatening to cripple... more »
September 18, 2012 5:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - State regulators say they are issuing a $12,189 fine against a chemical terminal flooded during Hurricane Isaac because it did not notify authorities fast enough about chemical releases. On Tuesday, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said it issued the fine against Stolthaven New Orleans LLC, a... more »
September 17, 2012 4:53 PM
SPRINGFIELD- Volunteers from North Carolina say helping people in Livingston recover from Hurricane Isaac is part of their mission. Greg Riggs with the North Carolina Baptist Men organization tells News 2 the goal is to give people hope through Jesus Christ in time of despair.
The group has been... more »
September 17, 2012 10:19 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Sen. Mary Landrieu has nominated a father and son credited with rescuing dozens of neighbors from Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters for an award from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
The Louisiana Democrat said Friday that she nominated 53-year-old Jesse Shaffer III and his 25-year-old son, Jesse,... more »
September 11, 2012 3:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system.
Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused... more »
September 10, 2012 5:33 PM
AKERS - Middendorf's is ready to fry their famous thin catfish fillets again after Hurricane Isaac flooded the restaurant, some areas as deep as six feet.
It's not the famous restaurant's first run-in with flood water, one reason owner Horst Pfeifer built the kitchen up high and added a... more »