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  • Slain EBRSO deputy Sergeant helped many during flood Play Video

    March 21, 2017 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A slain East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputy touched many lives behind the scenes during the August flood. Sergeant Shawn Anderson helped a local non-profit organization, Line-2-Line. The organization was started by veteran EMS workers, who saw a need for first responders and their families. Anderson... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested for alleged home repair fraud in Baton Rouge

    March 18, 2017 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE -- A New Orleans man who took payment to replace a roof just after the August floods was arrested Friday on fraud and theft charges. Police say Melvin Hendricks took a $4,200 initial payment and promised to replace a roof at a flood-damaged home, according to Hendricks'... more »
  • Contractor arrested over undone work

    March 18, 2017 1:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE -- A contractor who took $4,000 to remove and replace a flooded air conditioning system was arrested Friday. Laroy Turnipseed Sr. was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of misapplication of payment by a contractor. A woman whose house was flooded told... more »
  • Galvez Middle School opens temporary campus Monday Play Video

    March 12, 2017 11:09 PM

    ASCENSION - Students of Galvez Middle School are ready to return to class Monday morning. The students and staff have been displaced since the floods last August, and the temporary campus is finally ready for 500 students to fill its halls. "The Galvez Pirates are coming home. All... more »
  • Louisiana seeking lenders to administer flood aid loans

    March 12, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is looking for lending organizations to dole out aid to qualifying small businesses impacted by the March and August 2016 floods. The state's flood recovery task force says the Office of Community Development is seeking nonprofits, community development financial institutions and federal credit unions to administer... 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 »
  • Homeowners out thousands, sued by contractor that did little work Play Video

    March 8, 2017 6:42 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - There's an investigation into a contractor based out of Denham Springs. Multiple flood victims tell 2 On Your Side the company TWG Contractors appears to be signing onto jobs, taking payment and not completing the work. Jerry and Donna Baxter have lived in their Prairieville home for... more »
  • Entergy presents flood recovery grants to Salvation Army, St. Bernard Project

    March 7, 2017 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Entergy presented grants, totaling $225,000, to the Salvation Army and the St. Bernard Project in efforts to help the community recover from the August flood. The grants were presented to the Salvation Army and the St. Bernard Project, which helps to rebuild damaged homes and buildings.... more »
  • More charges for contractor accused of scamming flood victims Play Video

    March 6, 2017 12:20 PM

    GONZALES – Deputies in Ascension Parish report that more charges were filed against a contractor accused of scamming flood victims. Authorities say 39-year-old Matthew Morris is accused of scamming at least 13 flood victims throughout the Baton Rouge area. Morris allegedly ignored multiple requests for estimates and only... more »
  • One Ascension school returns, another moves to temporary site after flood Play Video

    March 3, 2017 4:08 PM

    ST. AMANT – Two Ascension schools displaced from the historic August flooding finally moved from their temporary sites Monday morning. Lake Elementary moved from host sites Duplessis Primary, Prarieville Middle and the old RPCC campus to temporary buildings on its home campus. St. Amant Primary moved its PreK through... more »
  • Pastor's faith restored after huge donation following tool theft Play Video

    March 2, 2017 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A local church was broken into for a second time in a week, but the pastor is in good spirits after a strong show of support and donations from the community. After News 2 shared the original story, calls and emails from viewers hoping to help out... more »
  • Checks in mail soon, attorneys in Katrina-Rita case say

    March 2, 2017 7:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Letters have gone out to inform nearly 125,000 New Orleans-area residents and businesses that checks will be mailed soon in a 2009 settlement over flood damage from hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. The money won't be major in most cases: Joseph Bruno, an attorney representing plaintiffs... more »
  • Greenwell Springs library to reopen following August flood

    March 2, 2017 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Greenwell Springs Regional Branch Library is opening for the first time since the August 2016 flood on Mar. 3. According to library branch officials, 65 percent of the library will be open to the public while repairs continue. The branch received four to six... more »
  • Lowe's donates supplies after thieves steal pastor's tools Play Video

    March 2, 2017 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A Capital City Lowe’s donated “quite a few” tools to a pastor who lost his tools to thieves earlier this week. The national home improvement store donated the tools to Pastor H. Lewis Jones and the United Methodist Church Thursday. Tuesday, Jones had to call... more »
  • Students to return to Galvez Primary School on Mar. 2 following August flood

    March 1, 2017 4:22 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Galvez Primary School will return to its home campus on March 2 following the August 2016 flood. The school has spent the past six months at host sites Lakeside Primary and the old RPCC campus. According to school officials, the move-in date comes after a followup... more »
  • Caskets remain unearthed at cemetery months after flooding Play Video

    February 27, 2017 9:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Two caskets have been sitting above the ground for more than five months at the Rayborn Family Cemetery. The Caskets were forced out of the ground in August, when floods swept through the area. More than five months later, the caskets are still out of the ground,... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to give update on tornado, flood relief meeting with Trump administration

    February 27, 2017 6:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will hold press conference on Tuesday afternoon upon returning from his visit from Washington, D.C. Edwards will provide an update on his meetings with officials from President Trump's administration as the state seeks an additional $2 billion in flood and tornado relief.... more »
  • SEC delivers $100,000 check for LSU employees impacted by flood

    February 24, 2017 4:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE – University officials say the Southeastern Conference has given LSU $100,000 to assist university employees impacted by August’s historic flooding. A statement from the university said the donation was made to the LSU Employee Assistance Fund, which was established by LSU President F. King Alexander in August.... 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 »
  • Accused fraud contractor arrested by Walker Police Department

    February 23, 2017 9:47 PM

    WALKER - The contractor accused of fraud in Ascension, Livingston, and East Baton Rouge Parishes has been charged again by the Walker Police Department. Walker Police obtained a warrant for Matthew Morris' arrest on charges of residential contractor fraud, contractor misapplication of insurance payments, insurance fraud, and extortion. ... more »
  • 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 »

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