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  • FEMA offers free legal assistance to victims of disaster fraud

    April 25, 2017 3:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA is offering a service that provides free legal assistance to disaster survivors who have fallen victim to disaster fraud. Disaster Legal Services provides free legal assistance to low-income survivors who have been the victims of fraudulent contractors and other scammers. DLS will allow these victims... more »
  • Flood victim burglarized multiple times since August flood Play Video

    April 25, 2017 12:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A flood victim says his home has been burglarized three times since the August flood of 2016. Michael Young lives in the Glen Oaks subdivision. His home and business were damaged in the August 2016 flood, and after re-establishing his home with items, thieves entered. ... more »
  • Central residents say new subdivision could cause more drainage issues Play Video

    April 24, 2017 8:15 PM

    CENTRAL - In the city of Central, the proposed development of a subdivision is getting some opposition from residents. On the East side, between Core and Sullivan Roads, a new development could be coming. For those living in the three surrounding neighborhoods, Rambling Oaks, Jackson Park and Jackson Place... more »
  • Second disaster hits family within a year, waiting on insurance Play Video

    April 21, 2017 6:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - First flood then fire. Two disasters a Denham Springs man has lost nearly everything to. During the night of Valentine's Day, John Cooper Fore says his paradise in the making burnt to a crisp. It was a design project years in the making his family had... more »
  • Insurance company paying up following 2 On Your Side report Play Video

    April 19, 2017 6:16 PM

    BAKER - A man's house is being fixed thanks to 2 On Your Side. Mike Burnette's Baker home was pushed off of its pilings during the August flood. The rushing current from the Comite River nudged the house about an inch and a half making it uneven. He lives... more »
  • Louisiana picks contractor to manage flood aid program

    April 13, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company chosen to manage Louisiana's $1.3 billion flood aid program for homeowners is the same firm that was earlier selected for the work and then saw its contract scrapped and the bid process redone. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that IEM was selected to oversee... more »
  • Police: contractor arrested again for failing to complete work

    April 12, 2017 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities have once again arrested a man for contractor fraud after the say he failed to complete work that was paid for. The victim says she paid 48-year-old Andrew Darian over $1,000 to complete construction work on her rental property in January. The victim say she... more »
  • HUD releases $1.6 billion in flood recovery funds

    April 10, 2017 7:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officially released the $1.6 billion in flood recovery funds appropriated in 2016, the Governor's Office announced. HUD can immediately begin to withdraw funds for flood recovery and the state will begin to use the funds to conduct environmental reviews... more »
  • State flood assistance survey now open Play Video

    April 9, 2017 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey opened to all homeowners affected by the March and August 2016 floods Monday. This homeowner assistance program will help flooded homeowners with rebuilding assistance and some reimbursement. The initial survey was made available for all flood-impacted homeowners on... more »
  • August flood survivors get month extension for hotel stays

    April 9, 2017 12:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Victims of last August's flooding who are still living in hotels and motels are getting a one-month reprieve. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says they now have to check out of their rooms by May 11. The previous checkout deadline was April 11. Nearly 250 households are... more »
  • Homeowners with flood damage asked to take survey

    April 8, 2017 1:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey, the first step in applying for disaster recovery aid. The survey will be posted online Monday at restore.la.gov . Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration will use survey responses to help determine... more »
  • Contractor hired in good faith had no license, but does now Play Video

    April 7, 2017 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A contractor facing fraud charges in Baton Rouge has bonded out of jail. A homeowner who filed charges against Sargent Pitcher is worried he'll wreak havoc in another's home. Rick Bueche says he hired Pitcher in good faith and had two criteria to meet. "You... more »
  • Edwards: Congressman 'can no longer be trusted' on flood aid

    April 6, 2017 8:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding. The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted"... more »
  • LPSO looking for wanted contractor accused of fraud

    April 6, 2017 12:01 AM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a contractor accused of fraud. LPSO officials say Michael Simmers of Prairieville is wanted on a charge of residential contractor fraud. Simmers is the owner of TWG Contractors. In March, Simmers was charged with one count... more »
  • Home floods for third time Monday, homeowner wants answers Play Video

    April 5, 2017 5:57 PM

    WATSON - A woman who's home in Crestwood Subdivision flooded last August got water in her house again this week. Gale Vodopija says she never flooded before August, but since then her home has taken on water twice. She's waiting to rebuild her Watson home fearing it could flood... more »
  • 'Cooking in Central' returns to help flood victims Play Video

    April 1, 2017 11:37 PM

    CENTRAL - It's been more than 10 years since hurricane Katrina struck, but the 'Cooking in Central' fundraiser has returned to help disaster victims once again. Whether you're in the mood for delicious eats, an auction or you just want to play, you can find it all at the... more »
  • Despite expert opinions, rainy weather concerns residents near Amite River

    March 31, 2017 10:49 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - The National Weather Service says the Amite River could approach flood stage early next week, but experts say it will be nothing like the August flood. Residents that live along the Amite are still recovering from the flood, and rising water is something they do not want... more »
  • $1.2B in Louisiana flood recovery spending plans approved

    March 31, 2017 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Louisiana's plan to spend $1.2 billion for flood recovery. The approval is part of the state's final action plan. HUD previously approved an original action plan in April for an initial $438 million appropriation from Congress.... more »
  • Governor Edwards pushes education package

    March 28, 2017 7:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Closing loopholes for some voucher students and eliminating corporal punishment for disabled children are some of Governor John Bel Edwards' proposals for the upcoming legislative session. The administration released its education package in a news release Tuesday afternoon. Edwards is supporting a bill by State Representative Franklin... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman arrested for contractor fraud

    March 28, 2017 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman was arrested for contractor fraud after she allegedly tried to take advantage of a flood victim. Deputies arrested 58-year-old Ora Williams of Baton Rouge after she reportedly lied to the victim about being a licensed contractor. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's... more »
  • Tax assessor begins surveys of flood-damaged property in Ascension Play Video

    March 27, 2017 6:57 PM

    ASCENSION – The tax assessor is going door-to-door in Ascension Parish, surveying residents' property that were impacted by the August flood. Justin Champlin, the chief deputy tax assessor says they plan on going to more than 6,000 flood-damaged properties in the parish. "All houses are different, so each... more »
  • Former marine lives in tent after increased rent forces him out of apartment

    March 26, 2017 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's another day at the Koa Campground for Michael Doughty and his fiance. The decorated Marine Corps veteran now spends his days living in a tent. "It's a blow to my pride to be living in a tent, my fiance in a tent, when we... more »
  • Home and remodeling show helps flood victims get back on their feet Play Video

    March 26, 2017 10:00 PM

    GONZALES - Vic Sauniers and his wife lost their Gonzales home in the flood and are currently living in a FEMA trailer. They say their new home will be elevated, built on top of a mound of dirt. "We want to be prepared so when the next flood... more »
  • Abandoned next-door property keeps flood victim from returning home Play Video

    March 25, 2017 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bent and broken chain link fence is the only thing separating one woman's home of 21 years and the blighted property next door. "It needs to be a safe neighborhood, and it's not safe right now, not with the doors wide open and abondoned. That's... more »
  • Springfield High School to receive grant to rebuild flood-damaged library

    March 24, 2017 6:08 PM

    SPRINGFIELD – Springfield High School will receive $20,000 through a grant program, Beyond Words, that will support the school's rebuilding of its library following the August flood. The school's library, including all books and technology, was completely destroyed following the flood. The Beyond Words grant program, established in 2006,... more »
  • Church volunteer accused of raping 15-year-old girl

    March 24, 2017 3:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man faces second-degree rape charges after police say he raped a 15-year-old girl last year. Terry Lee Morgan was charged with second degree rape Friday. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. On Nov. 17, Baton Rouge Police were told that... more »
  • Tax break for owners of flood-damaged homes in Ascension Play Video

    March 23, 2017 7:47 PM

    ASCENSION – Homeowners in Ascension still impacted by the August flood could be in for a tax break this year. The break could be welcomed by homeowners like Richard Prince, who operates a small business that customizes in 18-wheelers. The business is located on the property where he lives.... more »
  • 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 »

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