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  • Deadline to apply for FEMA help June 13

    June 4, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those with disaster damage that occurred March 8... more »
  • EACHUS: water doesn't scare you? How about ten thousand less dollars?

    June 3, 2016 2:07 PM

    “Turn around don’t drown” isn’t working—at least not to its full potential. Meteorologists and media outlets couldn’t be more clear about the dangers of high or rushing water. Heck, television live trucks posted up in front of submerged cars apparently aren’t even strong enough visual cues to keep people away.... more »
  • Flash flood watch in effect until Sunday morning

    June 3, 2016 7:06 AM

    Look for showers and thunderstorms to affect the region through Sunday. If you have outdoor activities, stay in touch with the WBRZ Weather Team as rain will likely be a factor. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is up through 7 a.m. Sunday morning. Please remember not to drive across... more »
  • DOTD making plans to address flooding spots for drivers in BR Play Video

    June 1, 2016 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tuesday night, streets flooded causing drivers to get stranded, but there may be a solution in the future for one area in particular. Jefferson Highway near Corporate Boulevard, Essen Lane between I-10 and Perkins Road and Burbank Drive at Nicholson Drive are notorious spots for flooding. At Walk-On's... more »
  • Are you covered? The answer is a call away

    May 17, 2016 7:39 AM

    With the many and significant threats to property posed by a tropical cyclone, call your insurance company or agent now, before the season. Ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or... more »
  • Fate of abandoned Six Flags amusement park delayed

    May 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The latest effort to redevelop the site of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in eastern New Orleans has hit a snag. Several local news outlets report the Industrial Development Board, a public corporation that manages the property, decided Tuesday against selecting an outside firm to appraise... more »
  • Louisiana flooding sends caskets far and wide

    May 6, 2016 9:17 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Widespread flooding not only disrupts the living but sometimes also creates havoc for the dead. That's what happened in southwest Louisiana's Calcasieu Parish when an overflowing Sabine River - helped by days of heavy rain - recently pushed water inland about four miles, disturbing graves buried in... more »
  • FEMA extends proof of loss form filing deadline

    May 4, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 60-day extension for filing proof of loss forms by National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by storms across the state in March. The program normally requires policyholders to file that form within 60 days of suffering flood damage. Insurance... more »
  • Courthouse flooded by Katrina still houses evidence

    May 3, 2016 12:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 10 years after Hurricane Katrina flooded the New Orleans courthouse's ground floor and destroyed evidence in thousands of criminal cases, evidence is still being stored there -- and a watchdog group says a less-vulnerable storage space is needed. Court Watch NOLA says city officials... more »
  • Flooding predicted along sections of Red River

    May 1, 2016 3:07 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The National Weather Service is warning of flooding along the Red River in northwest Louisiana. Forecasters say the river will peak at a moderate flood stage at Shreveport Tuesday, with major flood crests predicted downriver at Coushatta on Wednesday and Grand Ecore on Thursday. Officials tell KSLA-TV that... more »
  • More rain likely in flooded Houston Tuesday

    April 19, 2016 9:38 AM

    HOUSTON - More rain is likely as Houston cleans up after more than a foot of rain swamped parts of the nation's fourth-largest city. The National Weather Service says there is a 50 percent chance of more rain falling on the Houston area Tuesday and has issued a flash... more »
  • Flooding, traffic the talk of planning meetings in Prairieville, Baton Rouge

    April 19, 2016 12:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flooding, traffic and environmental concerns were the focus of planning discussions over new subdivisions in Baton Rouge and Prairieville Monday night. In Ascension Parish, an Appeals Board overruled the Planning and Zoning Commission, possibly paving the way for a new development at the intersection of Parker... more »
  • Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

    April 18, 2016 9:34 AM

    HOUSTON - Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit. The National Weather Service says the area received up to 16 inches of rain in the 24 hours... more »
  • Proposed subdivision causes concerns for residents Play Video

    April 15, 2016 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Concerned residents in East Baton Rouge Parish plan to voice their opposition to a proposed subdivision at a planning commission meeting Monday. It would be located at the intersection of Tiger Bend and Babin roads. The Timber Ridge subdivision would bring in 281 homes on 60 acres... more »
  • 2 wildlife management areas re-open in northeast Louisiana

    April 15, 2016 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two wildlife management areas in northeast Louisiana have re-opened, nearly a month after flooding led to their being closed. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday it has reopened Bayou Macon and Big Lake Wildlife Management Areas. Some roadways - Mill... more »
  • Edwards: State gets $1.6 million disaster grant

    April 13, 2016 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Louisiana a $1,699,317 million disaster assistance grant. The grant will help provide temporary jobs in the 21 Louisiana parishes devastated by the recent storms and flooding. Edwards, in a news release Tuesday, said the Disaster... more »
  • Avoyelles Parish added to flooding disaster list

    April 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    GREENSBURG - Avoyelles Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. Avoyelles joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison,... more »
  • St. Helena Parish added to flooding disaster area

    April 4, 2016 7:47 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. As of Tuesday afternoon, residents are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. St. Helena joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo,... more »
  • Some Monroe residents dropped flood insurance, now regret it

    April 3, 2016 9:04 PM

    MONROE - Some Monroe homeowners dropped flood insurance when they got the choice, and are now regretting it. Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association President Jonathan Oglesbee says some homeowners in the area got notices from their mortgage company saying they were no longer required to buy flood insurance. That happened after... more »
  • Ascension Parish to start cleaning up debris Tuesday Play Video

    March 29, 2016 7:14 AM

    GONZALES- Trucks are getting ready start picking up debris left behind by recent flooding in Ascension Parish. Parish officials are asking residents to keep a few things in mind when setting debris out on the street. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick... more »
  • FEMA urges flood victims not to wait to begin repairs

    March 25, 2016 8:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Louisiana residents whose homes were damaged during recent floods not to wait for a FEMA inspector before beginning to clean up and conduct repairs. FEMA spokeswoman Deanna Frazier said in a news release that those with flooded property should take... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers in place to help flood recovery

    March 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As cleanup and recovery begins after damaging rain and flooding, federal disaster officials have set up recovery centers across Louisiana to aid residents. FEMA says it has opened several Disaster Recovery Centers accross the state to help residents as cleanup efforts begin. Volunteers and represenatives from... more »
  • State tax filing extensions for storm affected parishes

    March 23, 2016 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Taxpayers affected by recent storms or flooding will have some extra time to file some of their taxes. State officials said Wednesday that the Department of Revenue will waive late filing penalties, late payment fees and other interest that would normally apply. The extended deadline... more »
  • FEMA Dos and Donts for Louisiana Flood Survivors

    March 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Dos: Do file a claim with their insurance company. Do register for FEMA disaster assistance. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or VRS may call 800-621-3362. Do know that FEMA grants may help pay... more »
  • Snakes out and about after flooding Play Video

    March 18, 2016 6:26 PM

    PORT VINCENT - You may notice more snakes slithering around after flooding and warmer weather in Livingston Parish. The warmer weather means snakes are roaming around to breed, and flooding has pushed the snakes out of their usual habitat. Snake experts say most of Louisiana's snakes are harmless and are... more »
  • 500 Red Cross volunteers respond to La. flooding

    March 18, 2016 1:57 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - More than 500 American Red Cross disaster workers have responded to Louisiana, with hundreds more responders active across the Gulf South where devastating flooding has impacted thousands of people. Thursday night, about 200 people stayed overnight at seven Red Cross and community-run shelters across the state. Kay... more »
  • Wet wrap to the week, still watching rivers

    March 18, 2016 7:10 AM

    Showers and thunderstorms will continue through Saturday. We’ll be monitoring pockets of heavier rain as they may affect swollen area rivers. As long as event rain totals don’t exceed 2.5” and 6-12 hour amounts don’t top 2”, local rivers should stay within their banks. THE FORECAST: Today and... more »
  • Slidell officer rescues calf in flood, seeks suggestion for name

    March 17, 2016 7:42 PM

    SLIDELL - A Slidell police officer who saved a calf from flood waters in St. Tammany Parish is now asking for the public's help to pick out a name. Slidell Police reserve officer Tommy Williams was preparing for rising flood water at his home when he found the calf... more »
  • Who can apply? FEMA Disaster Assistance FAQs Play Video

    March 17, 2016 6:40 PM

    Who should apply for federal disaster assistance? Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated parishes who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the ongoing severe storms and floods may apply for disaster assistance. How do I apply? Survivors in... more »
  • Pothole patrol underway after Livingston Parish flooding Play Video

    March 17, 2016 5:43 PM

    KILLIAN - While flooding in Livingston Parish damaged more than 300 homes, the standing water also took a toll on roadways. That's why Livingston Parish Department of Public Works crews are on pothole patrol across the parish. Thursday crews worked in Watson, Albany, Springfield and Killian. DPW sent out three... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Flooded Interstate 10 near Beaumont closed through Monday

    March 17, 2016 11:21 AM

    BEAUMONT, Texas - Highway officials say flooded Interstate 10 in Southeast Texas will stay closed through the weekend. The Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday said I-10 near Beaumont remains closed in both directions. Drivers are advised to use alternate routes because I-10 is not expected to reopen until Monday... more »
  • FEMA meets with Livingston Parish leaders Play Video

    March 16, 2016 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - While some flood victims began cleaning up Wednesday, Livingston Parish leaders met with FEMA to create a game plan to provide assistance. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says at least 300 homes have been damaged from flooding that began last week. Ricks and the Livingston Parish... more »
  • More than 1,000 La. National Guardsmen operating in flooded parishes

    March 16, 2016 11:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 1,000 guardsmen are currently assisting with emergency flood operations in the wake of last week’s heavy rainfall. So far, the National Guard’s operations have included evacuations, engineer assessment search and rescue, distribution of meals and water, security and shelter... more »
  • Commission discusses ways to move Comite Diversion Project forward Play Video

    March 15, 2016 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As residents and business owners are waiting for floodwater to go down, the Amite River Basin Commission met Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting. Board members spoke about the number of phone calls they have received in the last few days about the delayed Comite River... more »
  • Amite River crests in French Settlement Play Video

    March 15, 2016 5:36 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - The Amite River reached its crest Tuesday morning in French Settlement as residents looked on at flood waters. That flooding around lower Livingston Parish has turned some homes into islands. People are parking cars on higher ground and using boats to get to and from homes. "Every... more »
  • Gov. Edwards amends request for disaster funds

    March 15, 2016 2:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has requested that the existing federal Major Presidential Declaration for Louisiana be amended to include additional parishes affected by recent flooding. Edwards said Tuesday he decided to amend the request after travelling to the disaster areas. Edwards has asked for individual assistance and... more »
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation starts disaster relief fund

    March 15, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has seeded a charitable fund to assist people affected by widespread flooding across Louisiana. The Foundation has seeded the fund with a $100,000 grant and is taking contribution at a new web site. Contributions collected by the Foundation will be granted to... more »
  • Ponchatoula residents return home, salvage what they can following historic flood Play Video

    March 15, 2016 12:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Some Tangipahoa residents returned home Monday night for the first time since historic floodwaters infiltrated their homes Friday. People in on Ponchatoula neighborhood began salvaging what they could and assessing the damage. At least half of the 70 homes in the subdivision were damaged by high water.... more »
  • Springfield residents using airboats to get around

    March 14, 2016 5:05 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Some people in the town of Springfield in lower Livingston Parish have resorted to using airboats to check on family and neighbors. Robert Wilson and other residents are hopeful that the flood water will recede soon. "I'm worried but what can you do? The water is still coming... more »
  • Drying Time

    March 14, 2016 7:16 AM

    A break of warm and dry weather will allow the region to dry out through Tuesday. Meanwhile, southern locations along area rivers will continue to crest as water runoff continues downstream. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Look for abundant sunshine and warm temperatures on Monday. Highs will make... more »
  • Obama mobilizes federal aid to north La. parishes

    March 13, 2016 6:09 PM

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama declared Louisiana flooding as a major disaster Sunday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in north Louisiana. According to a White House press release, Obama’s order will make federal funding available to individuals affected in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse,... more »
  • Lt. Governor says federal aid for flood victims could be limited

    March 13, 2016 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE (WWLTV) - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who in recent years has had to handle his share of devastation as the Plaquemines Parish president during and after Hurricane Isaac, said people who need help after this devastating storm may have to look more to their neighbors and donations to... more »
  • Thousands of homes flooded, Edwards to tour west La. Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Emergency officials say thousands of homes have received flood damage after severe weather brought record breaking rainfall to Louisiana this week. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says initial reports indicate more than 4,958 homes received flood damage already. GOHSEP says that number... more »
  • Amite River crest lessened, officials still expect flooding Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:45 PM

    GONZALES – Officials in Ascension Parish said Sunday that the Amite River crests have lessened, but residents near waterways will still be impacted early this week. “The potential for widespread flooding throughout Ascension Parish has lessened, but we still want our residents to be vigilant,” President Kenny Matassa said.... more »
  • UPDATE: Some rivers to remain in flood stage until Thursday Play Video

    March 12, 2016 8:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Many river systems near the Capital City remain in major flood stage Sunday after thunderstorms brought record rainfall to the area this week. While the Tickfaw River has already crested, the Amite River is expected to rise in some areas until it crests as late as Tuesday... more »
  • Livingston Parish extends curfew through Monday morning

    March 12, 2016 4:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH – Officials in Livingston Parish decided Saturday to implement a curfew for residents from dusk until Monday morning. Parish President Layton Ricks, along with Sheriff Jason Ard and LOHSEP Director Mark Harrell, said the curfew will only affect areas hardest hit by flood waters. Officials say... more »
  • Rising river has residents remembering flooding event 33 years ago

    March 11, 2016 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rising water on the Amite River has some residents in Denham Springs concerned. They remember an event in 1983 that flooded homes. Then, the river crested at around 41'. Following this week's wet weather, it will crest at 39', just 2' lower than 33 years ago. Mike... more »
  • Ascension officials to residents: Prepare for Allison-like backwater flooding

    March 11, 2016 8:26 PM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish officials issued a warning to residents late Friday night about backwater flooding after rain storms Thursday and Friday. “ It is predicted that we will be experiencing similar flooding to that of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said in a news... more »
  • Livingston deputies survey flooding from the air Play Video

    March 11, 2016 5:32 PM

    ALBANY - Deputies in Livingston Parish surveyed damage from the air Friday afternoon. A curfew will go into effect at dusk, remaining in effect until dawn tomorrow. Only essential personnel, those traveling to/from work and for emergency situations will be allowed on Livingston Parish roadways. According to the... more »
  • Water forces evacuations in Washington Parish

    March 11, 2016 1:00 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - After a night of heavy rains, authorities say swollen rivers and creeks in rural Washington Parish in southeastern Louisiana have led to widespread flooding, prompting rescues from scores of homes. Mike Haley, a chief deputy for the parish's sheriff, says dozens of homes have been flooded... more »
  • State Police continue investigation into Bienville Parish flooding death

    March 11, 2016 11:25 AM

    BIENVILLE PARISH - Louisiana State Police are still investigating a fatal crash in Bienville Parish that left one dead after witnesses have issued accounts that contradict initial reports of how the crash happened. On Thursday, State Police reported that 63-year-old Jerry Garrett drowned after he drove his vehicle around... more »
  • SLIDESHOW: Widespread flooding in Tangipahoa after storm

    March 11, 2016 11:22 AM

  • Flooding widespread as parts of area get 14-inches of rain

    March 11, 2016 10:24 AM

    HOLDEN - Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes took the most rainfall, it appears, from storms Thursday and early Friday morning. Since 8am Thursday, a large area has picked up over 12" of #rain . #BatonRouge has more than 6". #LaWX pic.twitter.com/lkNBV4CHI3 — Josh Eachus WBRZ (@Josh_Eachus) March 11, 2016... more »
  • Hwy 22 became a flowing river Friday morning

    March 11, 2016 9:59 AM

    KILLLIAN - Nearly a foot of rain is taking its toll on low-lying Livingston Parish. Friday morning, people woke to find a river rushing over Highway 22 east of its intersection with Highway 444 at Lacox Lane. It appears an off-shoot of the Tickfaw River, the Killian Bayou, became... more »
  • Ascension Parish pumping stations ready for duty Play Video

    March 10, 2016 7:28 PM

    GONZALES - Public schools in Ascension Parish are already cancelled, and the parish has its pumps up and running as they are trying to keep the water from rising. Three different pumping stations in Ascension Parish are responsible for keeping floodwaters from sinking residents and their property. Each pump... more »
  • Low-lying areas packing up before possible flooding Play Video

    March 10, 2016 5:38 PM

    MAUREPAS - Some people in low-lying areas in Livingston Parish spent Thursday prepping for heavy rains as dark clouds loomed overhead. Just five months ago, flood waters stuck around for days in the Maurepas area in Chinquapin Landing near the Amite River. For James Dodson, it's a race to pack... more »
  • High water leads to road closures in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 10, 2016 3:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies say several roads are already closed due to high water that has risen as heavy rainfall began Thursday afternoon. The current closures are located in West Ascension Parish and are as follows: St. Patrick Street at Williams Street St. Patrick at the underpass Iberville... more »
  • GOHSEP raises alert level, monitoring flooding Play Video

    March 9, 2016 11:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness raised it's alert level Wednesday evening. They are operating around the clock monitoring the flooding situation in North Louisiana. Governor Edwards is expected to meet with GOHSEP employees tomorrow to discuss the flooding and the impending severe weather... more »
  • Lower Livingston Parish bracing for flooding Play Video

    March 9, 2016 6:29 PM

    KILLIAN - People who live near the Tickfaw River in Livingston Parish are bracing for expected heavy rains that will likely create flooding issues. The ground is already saturated in parts of the town of Killian along a canal that is connected to the Tickfaw River. Five months ago during... more »
  • La. National Guardsmen to help with flooding

    March 9, 2016 12:56 PM

    NORTH LOUISIANA - Several parishes in northwest Louisiana have declared a state of emergency over widespread flooding, and in response the governor has authorized the National Guard to help. Governor John Bel Edwards issued the order Wednesday after nearly a foot of rain fell over parts of northwest Louisiana Tuesday... more »
  • State closes offices in 6 parishes over flooding

    March 9, 2016 11:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The flooding in north Louisiana has caused the state to close offices in six parishes. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne ordered offices in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Morehouse and Webster parishes to close Wednesday. Also closed are Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University. Dardenne says his office... more »
  • Wet weather arrives Wednesday Play Video

    March 9, 2016 12:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Southeast Louisiana is bracing for some wet weather over the next few days, but norther portions of the state are already being hit hard. Flash flood warnings are in effect for Bienville, Jackson and Lincoln Parishes until 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Similar warnings in De Soto, Natchitoches... more »
  • Crisis Action Team to activate Tuesday due to flooding threat Play Video

    March 7, 2016 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness plans to activate the Crisis Action Team tomorrow as the threat of flooding looms over Louisiana. The team will be on standby to answer requests from parishes in need of assistance. "We are pretty much ready to... more »
  • Pre-filled sandbags available to Ascension Parish residents

    February 23, 2016 12:30 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials announced pre-filled sandbags are available to residents at various locations across the parish Tuesday. While major flooding isn’t expected during this afternoon’s weather event, flash flooding could be possible. Over 25,000 pre-filled sandbags have been prepared and can be obtained from seagoing containers positioned... more »
  • President Obama declares a state of emergency for Louisiana flooding

    February 5, 2016 8:19 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - The President declared a state of emergency for Louisiana, Friday. He ordered federal aid to supplement response efforts in areas affected by flooding from December 28, 2015 to February 1, 2016. This action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all... more »
  • Finally, Mississippi drops below flood stage

    February 4, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - For the first time in 31 days, the Mississippi River has dropped below flood stage. Thursday morning, the river was just lower than flood stage of 35 feet in Baton Rouge. It crested at 43.5 feet between January 18th and 21st. The rising river required... more »
  • Army Corps to close final bays of Bonnet Carre Spillway Monday

    February 1, 2016 11:24 AM

    NORCO - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is set to close the final open bays of the Bonnet Carré Spillway Monday, concluding operations that were necessary in the face of possible flooding. The spillway was opened on Jan. 10 and remained in operation for 22 days. During the... more »
  • HUD sends $234M down to help flood-prone Louisiana

    January 22, 2016 5:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The federal government is sending $233.8 million in grants to Louisiana to relocate a coastal American-Indian village, prevent damage from hurricanes and make a suburban slice of New Orleans better at handling storm flooding. The funds are part of a $1 billion package the U.S. Department of... more »
  • GOHSEP urges caution ahead of tonight's severe weather threat

    January 21, 2016 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging residents of the state to be aware of severe weather expected to hit Louisiana this evening as a cold front moves across the region. GOHSEP urges residents to stay tuned to stations like WBRZ News... more »
  • PHOTOS: flooding Mississippi River reaches crest

    January 19, 2016 10:43 AM

    Aerial photos of the Baton Rouge area are coming into the WBRZ Weather Team as the Mississippi River is cresting. While the river is leveling off at many regional gauges, it will not recede very quickly. Water can be seen inundating river plain north and west of Baton Rouge.... more »
  • Quiet weather as rivers run high

    January 18, 2016 6:49 AM

    Many gauges along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers are cresting early this week. Today and Tonight: Your new week will kick off with sunshine and cool temperatures. For Martin Luther King Day, high temperatures will run into the mid 50s with light northerly winds. The overnight hours are... more »
  • Plaquemine Ferry to suspend service Monday due to Miss. River levels

    January 15, 2016 1:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials announced Friday that Plaquemine Ferry service will be suspended starting Monday due to high Mississippi River stages. LA DOTD said they will be monitoring the conditions of the river closely over the weekend, and in the event that the river rises to a level... more »
  • Areas in West Feliciana parish flooded

    January 14, 2016 6:37 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - High water in West Feliciana Parish as a result of Mississippi River flooding has parish officials on standby. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office told News 2 they are monitoring water levels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "Most of the properties that have been... more »
  • Flooding means more trains passing through Livingston Parish

    January 14, 2016 5:24 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Police officers in Livingston Parish want drivers to be alert since more trains will be passing through the area after the opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway. Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Mark Harrell says the parish will have an extra three or... more »
  • Barges hit railroad bridge at Vicksburg, 3rd day straight

    January 14, 2016 11:35 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - For the third day in a row, barges have hit a railroad bridge over the Mississippi River near Vicksburg. The Coast Guard says it's evaluating ways to reduce the chance of future accidents, after three in three days. A news release says the barges all... more »
  • Cold winter water cuts Mississippi flood stages

    January 13, 2016 6:38 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - Flood forecasters say Mississippi River crest predictions continue to fall in part because cold water and sand are more compact than the warmer water of a spring flood. National Weather Service hydrologist Marty Pope said Wednesday that means more water can move through the river's channel... more »
  • Red Cross to offer training opportunities for much-needed volunteers

    January 13, 2016 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Red Cross in Louisiana has put out a call looking for volunteers as the nonprofit ramps up efforts to prepare for flood threats resulting from winter storms. “While we urge our neighbors living in communities threatened by these floodwaters to keep informed about conditions... more »
  • Army Corps of Engineers: Opening Morganza Spillway not necessary Play Video

    January 11, 2016 3:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers says it won't need to open the Morganza Floodway to draw down the Mississippi River's crest. This will be a relief for homeowners and farmers in the spillway. On Monday the corps said forecasts on the Mississippi's crest and flow rate... more »
  • Coast Guard issues Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions

    January 11, 2016 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard announced a number of river closures, restrictions and other advisories Monday as a part of ongoing response efforts to Midwest flooding. A press release from the 8th District details all closures and restrictions throughout this period of high water and flooding with the... more »
  • Mississippi River hits crest in Tunica and Helena

    January 10, 2016 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service says the Mississippi River was cresting Sunday at Tunica, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas. Crest is predicted to happen Tuesday in Arkansas City, Arkansas; Wednesday in Greenville, Mississippi; Friday in Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Saturday in Natchez, Mississippi. In Vicksburg and Natchez, low-lying areas have... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway opened to ease Mississippi River levels Play Video

    January 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages. The Corps opened the spillway Sunday morning to divert river water into Lake Pontchartrain. The opening will help keep the volume of Mississippi... more »
  • National Guard constructing, patrolling La. levees ahead of flooding Play Video

    January 9, 2016 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Close to 300 Louisiana National Guardsmen are working throughout the state to construct protective barriers ahead of approaching flood water, and will be patrolling levees to support local, parish and state officials. More than two miles of levees with are being built on Avoca Island by... more »

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