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  • Morganza flood waters starting to recede Play Video

    January 25, 2016 5:36 PM

    MORGANZA - Debris along the levees near the Morganza Spillway are a welcome sight for people in the area. They're the first sign flood waters are coming down. On the other hand, the only sight near the Old River neighborhood are rooftops and floating camps. One resident told... more »
  • Corps of Engineers begins closing bays at Bonnet Carre Spillway

    January 25, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the U. S. Corps of Engineers started closing bays along the Bonnet Carre Spillway Monday as water levels in the Mississippi River began to slowly return to normal. The Corps opened 210 bays of the Spillway on Jan. 10 to divert water from the... more »
  • Mississippi River cresting this week Play Video

    January 18, 2016 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The swollen Mississippi started cresting Monday. At Red River Landing, the river crested at 60 1/2 feet, 12 feet above flood stage. In downtown, the crest is forecast to happen Tuesday ten feet above the 35-foot flood stage. " It was pretty amazing watching it... more »
  • Guard working through the night to get flood barriers ready

    January 13, 2016 1:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Louisiana National Guard continued Wednesday to build and install flood barriers and patrol levees along swollen rivers in the state, according to a Guard spokesperson. Around 300 members of the Guard are working around the state to shore up flood protections along the... more »
  • Edwards heads upriver for flood briefings

    January 13, 2016 11:30 AM

    VIDALIA, La. - For his second day on the job, Gov. John Bel Edwards headed to briefings on flood fighting efforts along the Mississippi River. State emergency managers briefed the new governor on current operations along the Mississippi River as well as future concerns and plans for flooding along... more »
  • Warm winter means larger Louisiana crawfish

    January 10, 2016 2:47 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Crawfish sellers in south Louisiana are reporting larger mud bugs in the early part of the season. The Advertiser reports merchants are crediting a relatively warm winter thus far. Heather Girouard, general manager of Hook & Boil restaurant in Broussard, says small crawfish are usually expected in January,... more »
  • Opening Morganza Spillway could hurt crawfishermen Play Video

    January 9, 2016 7:12 PM

    MORGANZA - Crawfish season in Louisiana is off to a racing start, but opening the Morganza Spillway could change that. Much of the crawfish that Louisianians have devoured over the past few weeks have come from ponds. When the Army Corps of Engineers decides to open the spillway, many... more »
  • Corps warns opening Morganza is likely after Jan. 11th Play Video

    January 6, 2016 8:47 PM

    MORGANZA - At a meeting Wednesday night with people who live near a flood control structure north of Baton Rouge, the Army Corps. of Engineers warned the floodgates may need to be opened. The US Army Corp says #MississsippiRiver will likely force them to open the Morganza Floodgates... more »
  • Sandbags, Guard members head out to prepare for flooding

    January 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard mobilized dozens of members and began moving equipment around to flood-prone areas of the state as river levels continue to rise. Guard officials said 70 people have been mobilized so far, and more are expected to be activated in the coming days.... more »
  • Mississippi River reaches flood stage at Natchez

    January 4, 2016 10:35 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - The Mississippi River at Natchez has reached flood stage and is expected to continue to rise. Forecaster Anna Wolverton with the Jackson office of the National Weather Service said the river level reached 48 feet on the Natchez gauge at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the... more »
  • Louisiana businesses brace themselves for high waters in Mississippi

    January 1, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATCHELOR - Many hunters are packing their bags and ending their hunting season a little early and as a result, some businesses are preparing to get hit once the flood waters come. Traci Ewing manages one of her family's gas stations along Highway 1 that gets plenty of business from... more »
  • High water warning issued for lower Mississippi River

    December 31, 2015 1:01 PM

    MEMPHIS - The Coast Guard issued a high water safety warning Thursday for the Lower Mississippi River after heavy rains and flooding further up the river system. Capt. Timothy Wendy, commander of that stretch of that river for the USCG, issued the warning due to rising water levels as... more »
  • Governor issues "State of Emergency" as Mississippi River rises to dangerous levels Play Video

    December 30, 2015 11:37 PM

    Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency, in case the Mississippi River gets too high. There are already problems up-stream. Both Jindal's and Edward’s Administrations are preparing for historic high water. Levels that have not been seen since 2011. National Weather Service Ken Graham said an... more »
  • November 18, 2015 Morning News Pop Play Video

    November 18, 2015 8:05 AM

    Here are today's top stories: Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign Catholic charities received death threats over refugee Bank robber caught on camera, still on the loose Rapid improvements Updates all day, every day: FACEBOOK | TWITTER more »
  • Flash flood watch, heavy rains continue

    November 18, 2015 4:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Weather officials said a flash flood watch continues for some of the WBRZ viewing area early Wednesday morning. Moderate rainfall is still expected through the morning hours. Be aware during the morning commute and remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown." Only a few inches of moving water... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension parishes ready for possible flooding

    November 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Emergency officials in Livingston and Ascension parishes said they're getting assets ready in case of flash flooding or other sever weather tonight or tomorrow. Livingston Parish said sandbags are available in the following locations for their residents: Fire Dist 9 (23634 HWY 22) Fire Dist 8... more »
  • Livingston Parish residents ready for flooding Play Video

    October 26, 2015 5:46 PM

    KILLIAN - Flood waters threatened several homes in the small Livingston Parish town of Killian after heavy rains over the weekend. However, the people in Killian are used to high water so they have a game plan, according to resident Ronald Falgout. "As the water comes up, when it gets... more »
  • Fans give $40,000 for flood relief at LSU vs USC

    October 13, 2015 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who attended the football game between LSU and the University of South Carolina gave generously to flood relief efforts in that state this past weekend. The American Red Cross chapter in Baton Rouge said fans gave more than $40,000 to the more than 40 volunteers... more »
  • Slow start to ticket sales for Saturday's LSU, USC game Play Video

    October 8, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- General admission tickets for this weekend's LSU football game are on sale to the general public. Saturday's game against South Carolina was originally supposed to be played in Columbia, but was moved to Tiger Stadium due to historic flooding conditions throughout the state of South Carolina. Tickets... more »
  • Sewer improvements might prevent overflowing Play Video

    September 1, 2015 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works' SSO Program is taking an active approach in dealing with overflowing sewers. Crews with the Department of Environmental Services are installing sewer overflow alarms and tracking systems in about 20 manholes around the parish. These systems could help make flooding a... more »
  • Levee inspections continue despite falling river levels

    August 7, 2015 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While officials continue to monitor levees along the Mississippi, the Army Corps said Friday, it has deactivated its Phase II flood inspections. Water levels have dropped enough to warrant a downgrade, but monitoring will continue. Currently, the Corps said it maintains a Phase I observation level.... more »
  • Flood waters cover parts of West Feleciana Parish Play Video

    July 21, 2015 7:45 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Flood waters covered a few low-lying roads and structures in West Feliciana Parish on Tuesday. No inhabited homes were in danger, but officials want residents to watch out for road flooding. Brian Spillman is the Parish's Emergency Preparedness director. He said flooding this late in the... more »
  • Farmers blame Army Corps for flooded crops Play Video

    July 15, 2015 7:45 PM

    MORGANZA - Farmers face a total loss of their crop when water overtopped a levee near Morganza. The farmers said it could have been avoided if the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't got in the way. The rising Mississippi River caused the flooding and put 4,000 acres of soybeans... more »
  • Boy Scout dies while on camping trip

    June 28, 2015 12:56 PM

    CIMARRON, N.M. - New Mexico State Police say a Boy Scout on a camping trip with his troop has died after he and three other teens were swept away in a flash flood. Sgt. Chad Pierce says eight Boy Scouts, three adult crew leaders and a scout ranger were on... more »
  • FEMA sets up hotline for flood insurance policyholders

    June 16, 2015 7:51 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- With the 2015 hurricane season underway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has launched a National Flood Insurance Program call center pilot program to serve and support policyholders with the servicing of their claims. Flood insurance claims can be complicated, and policyholders may have questions in the days and... more »
  • Jindal traveling to flood-wary Bossier, Caddo Parishes

    June 4, 2015 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is traveling to northwest Louisiana tomorrow to meet with officials in Caddo and Bossier Parishes about the quickly-rising Red River. Officials expect the river to crest at 35.5 feet this weekend in Shreveport. That is the highest level in 70 years. While... more »
  • Emergency declared as La. officials eye rising Red River

    May 29, 2015 7:45 PM

    SHREVEPORT - State officials and authorities in northwestern Louisiana are keeping an eye on the Red River, which is expected to surpass flood stage late next week. Caddo Parish authorities noted the Red is currently expected to crest four feet above its 30-foot flood stage on June 6. The governor's... more »
  • Ascension Parish kicks on drainage pumps to avoid flooding Play Video

    May 26, 2015 7:35 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish is working to stay on top of its increasing flooding issues after days of consecutive rain filled many of its water systems. The parish kicked on all six pumps at the Marvin Braud Pumping Station at 4 a.m. Tuesday to prevent low-lying areas from backing... more »
  • Governor calls flood damage 'devastating'

    May 25, 2015 6:59 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the damage caused by flash-flooding in Central Texas is "absolutely devastating." The governor flew over parts of the rain-swollen Blanco River on Monday, a day after heavy rains pushed the river out of its banks and into surrounding homes in the small... more »
  • 11-year-old dies in northern Louisiana flash flood

    May 19, 2015 7:38 AM

    RUSTON- An 11-year-old child from Ruston died in a flash flood after waters swept a vehicle he was in toward a creek in northern Louisiana. Ruston police were notified of the vehicle being swept down the creek Monday morning. At the time, the vehicle was occupied by an adult, an... more »
  • Nastier before nicer

    April 17, 2015 6:00 AM

    Tumultuous weather continues as strong thunderstorms may accompany heavy rain over the next two days. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Friday won't be as gloomy as Thursday. After a few light showers during the morning hours, some sunshine will be offered up into the afternoon hours. This will... more »
  • No rest for the weary Play Video

    April 16, 2015 5:59 AM

    Showers and storms will increase in number and coverage once again as we move into the weekend. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Look for another one where rain and storms overcome the region. More clouds and less sun will hold highs in the mid 70s. By mid-morning precipitation... more »
  • Streets flood after heavy rain in Ascension Parish

    April 14, 2015 5:19 PM

    GONZALES - Flash flooding caused delays for drivers around Ascension Parish Tuesday. Residents there dealt with minor flooding, but it's a sign of what's to come with a wet week in the forecast. Barricades blocked off a handful of roads in Donaldsonville while residents tried to stay dry. ... more »
  • Sandbags out in flood areas

    April 14, 2015 12:12 PM

    GONZALES - Flash flood warnings and high water led Ascension Parish authorities to close some roads and make sandbags available for residents Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Donaldsonville and West Bank residents dealing with high water can pick up sandbags at the West Bank Public Works Barn located on... more »
  • Warning letters sent to homeowners in floodways Play Video

    March 6, 2015 6:14 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - People who live along the Atchafalaya river and floodways have to brace themselves once again. The Army Corps of Engineers sent out warning letters to residents to remind them that they are responsible for their properties in case of a flood. People who live in... more »
  • Levee plans revealed, residents weigh-in on design Play Video

    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 »
  • Iconic marina closes doors for good Saturday

    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 »
  • Cruise ship delayed due to flood from broken pipe

    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 »
  • Livingston Parish has an $11 million flood plan Play Video

    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 »
  • Ascension Parish gets more flood protection

    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 »
  • Changes proposed at Morganza Play Video

    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 »
  • School leaders consider flood walls to protect schools

    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 »
  • Stinky problem will cost $1 million to fix Play Video

    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 »
  • Jefferson Parish gets $2.1M loan for flood upgrade

    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 »
  • Solution to flooding cemetery where people rebury the dead Play Video

    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 »
  • Central subdivision bracing for big rain weekend Play Video

    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 »
  • Flash Flood Watch into the evening

    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 »
  • Sewer water floods elderly residents' apartments Play Video

    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 »
  • Parish plans to solve cemetery flood problem Play Video

    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 »
  • Ascension development causing flooding concerns Play Video

    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 »
  • Skyrocketing flood insurance comes down to Earth Play Video

    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 »
  • Ascension Parish pumps working fine Play Video

    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 »
  • Backwater flooding blamed for levee breach

    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 »
  • Ascension starting cleanup after flooding

    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 »
  • Assumption residents still fighting floods Play Video

    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 »
  • High water still stands in Ascension Parish Play Video

    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 »
  • Road closures persist in Ascension Parish

    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 »
  • Sandbags weigh down floating crypts Play Video

    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 »
  • Deputies identify man found dead in flooded parking lot

    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 »
  • IN VIDEO: a wild week of weather

    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 »
  • Pensacola deluge parallels Southeast Louisiana flood of 95

    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 »
  • Turns out, there never was a problem with Eden Church Road Play Video

    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 »
  • Flood zone residents get their annual warning Play Video

    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 »
  • Raw sewage takes over a yard in Port Allen Play Video

    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 »
  • Water keeps senior citizens from returning home Play Video

    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 »
  • Senate passes bill to delay flood insurance hikes

    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 »
  • Not everyone will get relief from rising flood rates

    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 »
  • Louisiana joins lawsuit against flood rate hikes

    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 »
  • Expensive flood insurance forces decisions: insurance or homelessness Play Video

    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 »
  • Flood plan could leave homeowners under water Play Video

    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 »
  • Even in shutdown, Corps still plans to talk Ascension levees Wed.

    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 »
  • Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

    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 »
  • Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit

    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 »
  • Corps flood plans leave out Ascension Parish Play Video

    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 »
  • Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

    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 »
  • Flood official: oil companies 'trashed the hotel room'

    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 »
  • National Guard to pay for Krotz Springs barriers

    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 »
  • Jindal demands flood board drop coastal lawsuit

    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 »
  • Oil and gas industry will fight coastal protection lawsuit

    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 »
  • Water main break floods streets in New Orleans

    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 »
  • High court declines to hear landmark Katrina case

    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 »

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