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  • 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 »
  • Jindal holds command group meeting to discuss possible flooding Play Video

    January 8, 2016 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal held a Unified Command Group meeting with state agency leaders and emergency response officials Friday to assess current and future response efforts to flooding of the Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards and his incoming team were present at the... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway to be opened Sunday morning Play Video

    January 7, 2016 7:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising Mississippi River water stages and flow have prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to decide to open the Bonnet Carré Spillway this Sunday morning. The spillway opening is to keep the volume of the river flows at... more »
  • Communities brace for possible Morganza spillway opening Play Video

    January 7, 2016 5:09 PM

    MORGANZA/PIERRE PART - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could open the Morganza Spillway as early as Monday to ease the pressure on levees in the Baton Rouge area and points farther south. The decision to possibly open the spillway Monday came at a meeting Thursday in Morgan City. ... more »
  • Morganza Decision Support Maps released

    January 7, 2016 4:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released Decision Support Maps for potential operation of the Morganza Control Structure Thursday afternoon. The maps are supporting documents that compare projected water levels in the Atchafalaya Basin as a result of whether or not the Morganza Control Structure is... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway could be opened by Saturday Play Video

    January 5, 2016 5:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Representatives with the Army Corps of Engineers said they're prepared to recommend the Bonnet Carre Spillway be opened fully by the end of the week. The recommendation could be made as early as Wednesday, according to Colonel Rick Hansen of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.... more »
  • Body of missing country singer recovered from Oklahoma lake

    January 4, 2016 2:17 PM

    PONCA CITY, Okla. - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a missing country singer from Arkansas who disappeared during a severe storm has been recovered from an Oklahoma lake. The patrol says its Marine Enforcement Division recovered the body of 29-year-old Craig M. Strickland Monday morning in... more »
  • Mississippi River reopens at St. Louis, with limits

    January 4, 2016 11:09 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Traffic is moving again on the Mississippi River at St. Louis, but with some restrictions. The Mississippi rose quickly last week after more than 10 inches of rain fell in Missouri and Illinois, creating major flooding. The result was swift-moving water deemed too dangerous for barges and... more »
  • West Feliciana braces for flooding Play Video

    December 31, 2015 5:04 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People in West Feliciana Parish are watching close and gearing up as Mississippi River flood waters continue to flow south. For the past week Missouri has dealt with heavy flooding. In West Feliciana you can see the river rising, and even some tourists have stopped by to... more »
  • Hunters brace for flooding near Morganza Spillway Play Video

    December 30, 2015 6:11 PM

    MORGANZA - Hunters are packing up and moving out of areas near the Morganza Spillway ahead of potential flooding. "It's not bad right now, but it's coming," said Cody Landry, who hunts deer in that area during this time of the year. The Mississippi River is rising and... more »
  • Flood control structure opened along Mississippi

    December 30, 2015 4:26 PM

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says its opening a flood control structure roughly 50 miles northwest of Baton Rouge as Louisiana deals with a rising Mississippi River. The Old River Overbank Structure is part of the Old River Control Complex that distributes water between the Mississippi and the... more »
  • Traffic officials prepare for possible flooding

    December 30, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State traffic officials are monitoring potential flooding that may come as a result of the high water levels of the Mississippi River and Red River. LA DOTD said they’re actively monitoring the situation, and they have resources prepared in the event flooding occurs. Motorists are reminded... more »
  • 3 Capital Area volunteers join Red Cross relief efforts in Missouri

    December 30, 2015 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Red Cross is deploying three volunteers from the Capital Area at noon Wednesday to help with relief efforts necessary due to extensive flooding in Missouri. The departure of the trio brings the total number of relief volunteers from the Louisiana Region of the Red... more »
  • Gov. Jindal declares state of emergency ahead of imminent Miss. River flooding

    December 30, 2015 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued a state of emergency as the threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, Red River and other bodies of water in the state looms. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning along the length of the Mississippi River with predicted... more »
  • Country singer missing after duck hunting in Oklahoma storm

    December 29, 2015 1:24 PM

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. - A search has resumed in northern Oklahoma for a country singer from Arkansas who went missing along with a friend while duck hunting in severe weather. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said Tuesday that authorities had returned to Kay County in northern Oklahoma where 29-year-old Craig... more »
  • Crews repairing busted water line on Jade Ave

    December 9, 2015 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City workers are trying to repair a water line after workers struck a pipe near Wednesday causing street flooding. A utility contractor told WBRZ’s Brett Buffington that workers struck an unmarked water line on Jade Ave. Crews are currently pumping water from a hole to... more »
  • Neighbors blame development around campus for worst flooding ever Play Video

    November 2, 2015 11:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People blame growth for a flooding problem in their neighborhood. "The water normally comes onto the road. But, this time, it goes so quick," Joy Sananikone said about rising water during recent thunderstorms. She said recent rain events pooled water in places she has never seen... more »
  • Heavy rain causing street flooding, road closures

    October 31, 2015 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Heavy rain is causing street flooding and road closures across the Baton Rouge area. According to WBRZ’s Brett Buffington, Baton Rouge Police closed Burbank Drive near Walk-Ons due to high water in the street. Alaska Street near Louisiana State University is also impassable due to... more »
  • Severe weather / tornado warnings issued for multiple parishes

    October 31, 2015 2:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Multiple tornado warnings went into effect in nearby parishes Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for Ascension and Livingston parishes at 1 p.m. Saturday. Livingston Parish is also under a flood warning. A third tornado warning was issued for the Pointe Coupee... more »
  • More bodies found after severe Texas storms

    October 31, 2015 1:15 PM

    HOUSTON - The death toll from flooding in Texas has reached at least six after authorities found the body of an elderly woman who had been swept away from her home in the Austin area. Travis County Emergency Services spokeswoman Lisa Block says the woman's body was found Saturday afternoon.... more »
  • Flooding, severe storms possible this weekend

    October 30, 2015 3:57 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for the entire WBRZ viewing area in effect from 7am Saturday to 7p Sunday. This includes the Parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Assumption, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Mary, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West... more »
  • Lower Livingston Parish still flooded Play Video

    October 29, 2015 6:26 PM

    MAUREPAS - People in lower Livingston Parish are still dealing with flooding from last weekend, and some residents in Maurepas blame Ascension Parish for some of the high water. They point to a pumping station in neighboring Ascension Parish that sends water into the Blind River that flows into Lake... more »
  • Moving day

    October 27, 2015 7:27 AM

    The storm system responsible for dreary weather over the last few days—essentially, the remnants of Hurricane Patricia—will be exiting Late Tuesday. THE FORECAST: Today and Tonight: Lingering clouds and perhaps a spotty shower will be all skies produce today. A few breaks of sunshine are possible as well.... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish works to plug hole in levee

    October 26, 2015 7:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Plaquemines Parish spokesman Michael Powell says crews are working to plug a 5- to 8-foot hole in a 4-foot-high levee protecting the Myrtle Grove subdivision before floodwaters can reach the parish's main highway. He says the houses themselves are not in any danger because they're built... more »
  • Red Cross opening shelter, bringing aid in wake of heavy rains

    October 26, 2015 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While widespread damage predicted in connection with the severity of Hurricane Patricia has been less than expected, remnants of the system have still placed families in Louisiana and across in the South in need of help. The Red Cross says heavy rains and overflowing waterways have... more »
  • Weekend soaker a 25-year rain event

    October 26, 2015 12:30 PM

    Skies opened up in the Baton Rouge area on Saturday afternoon, and records poured down right through Sunday. Most impressively, 8.60 inches of rain saturated the Baton Rouge area on Sunday, the fourth highest single day total on record. Such a total has about a 1-in-10 chance of... more »
  • Some EBR roads reopened after flooding

    October 26, 2015 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police in Baton Rouge said several roads closed by flooding have since been reopened Monday morning. Public and parochial schools in the parish are still open. Glen Oaks High School closed early after a water main break let the school without water. LSU's campus remained... more »
  • LSU Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre helps flood victims Sunday night Play Video

    October 25, 2015 11:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre was spotted helping stranded motorists who drove their cars through severe flooding. Roads were impassable Sunday night, following the deluge. Dupre and a group of his friends, were in a high truck and were in the process of rescuing those who got... more »
  • Rising waters in Baton Rouge cause road closures, dangerous driving conditions

    October 25, 2015 9:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Heavy rains turned streets into lakes Sunday night around the WBRZ viewing area. The entire area is under an areal flooding warning until 10:30 p.m. Sunday. That means the gradual rain fall we have seen through the weekend has built up, and it is starting to overflow.... more »
  • Nearly 4,000 homes in the dark after storms

    October 25, 2015 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As of Monday morning nearly 4,000 homes people were in the dark around southern Louisiana due to bad storms. Entergy said more than 1,800 homes lost power in East Baton Rouge Parish as of Monday morning, with most of those outages along Perkins Road between Bluebonnet... more »
  • LSU says USC game to kick off at 2:30 p.m. Play Video

    October 7, 2015 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU and the University of South Carolina said Wednesday they will move this weekend's game to Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge due to historic flooding happening in South Carolina. LSU Football posted on Twitter that kickoff will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. #LSU vs.... more »
  • Water supply in jeopardy for 375,000 people in SC

    October 7, 2015 9:42 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C.- Crews are working to repair a breach in the Columbia canal that is threatening the main water supply for 375,000 people. Columbia Utilities Director Joey Jaco says officials were working Wednesday to build a rock dam a few hundred feet north of the breach, which is near the... more »
  • USC vs LSU move to Baton Rouge being discussed Play Video

    October 6, 2015 1:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials in Louisiana and South Carolina said they're considering moving this weekend's game between LSU and USC to Tiger Stadium because of historic flooding in Columbia. USC Athletic Director Ray Tanner said Tuesday that while Williams-Brice Stadium is fine and the field is okay, the school... more »
  • Death toll from South Carolina flooding rises to 16

    October 6, 2015 11:44 AM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - State public safety officials say 16 people have been killed in a storm that dumped historic levels of rain on South Carolina. The Department of Public Safety says that eight people have drowned in South Carolina and six people died in traffic accidents. Two other people... more »
  • Les Miles: LSU still traveling for S. Carolina game

    October 5, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU head football coach Les Miles said plans are still in place for the Tigers to play in South Carolina this weekend, despite punishing floods and rains which could push damage into the billions of dollars there and which have caused 12 deaths so far. The... more »
  • SC governor says danger isn't over

    October 5, 2015 1:24 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the rain is starting to back off after inundating the state, but she is still warning people that the danger is not over. She says officials will be closely following a wave of floodwater Monday as it moves across the state... more »
  • Katrina marker commemorates flooding of Lower 9th Ward

    August 24, 2015 4:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The catastrophic flooding of the Lower 9th Ward now has a commemorative marker at the site where a floodwall protecting the neighborhood collapsed, unleashing a wall of water 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. The plaque was erected Monday and will be unveiled at an evening... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • FEMA extends flood insurance claim deadline

    July 29, 2015 12:51 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended its filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by recent Red River flooding. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program normally requires homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form to claim damages within 60 days of a flood. The agency has authorized an... more »
  • USDA: 35 Louisiana parishes natural disaster areas

    July 23, 2015 7:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared a natural disaster involving 35 Louisiana parishes and eight counties in three neighboring states because of floods and storms from April 27 through June 26. Farmers and ranchers can apply for low-interest loans to help them recover from severe damage. USDA... more »
  • Red River levels slowly dropping

    July 22, 2015 11:06 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Even as the Red River drops a foot a day and flood waters that raged in mid-June recede, people whose homes were ravaged by the deluge continue to clean up. One of those people is Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, who told The Times he soon may have... more »
  • Louisiana's disaster declaration approved

    July 14, 2015 8:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The federal government has approved Louisiana's request for a disaster declaration for the Red River flooding that caused damage across a half-dozen parishes in the last month. Mike Steele of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the Obama Administration approved the declaration Monday for... more »
  • Second round of storms spark house fires Wednesday

    June 24, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lightning is suspected in three house fires, one near Episcopal High School that forced a family to run from their home during dinner. "You could feel the heat," Mark Mitchell said of the flames he found in his attic. "I could see flames coming from the... more »
  • 2nd round of Red River flooding likely to be less severe

    June 24, 2015 3:38 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The National Weather Service says the Red River will flood again in northwest Louisiana over the July 4 weekend, but it won't be as bad as floods earlier this month. Hydrologist C.S. Ross says the crest moving downriver from Texas is 3 to 5 feet lower than the... more »
  • Remnants of Bill still causing flooding in Texas

    June 18, 2015 12:34 PM

    NACOGDOCHES - Although the center of a tropical depression has moved into Oklahoma, a trailing band of the storm system continues to bring rain and flooding to portions of Texas. Police in the East Texas city of Nacogdoches said Thursday that residents are being told to evacuate an apartment complexes... more »
  • State seeks extension of FEMA deadline to file flood claims

    June 18, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend its deadline for Louisiana homeowners impacted by the recent Red River flooding. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form to claim damages within 60 days of a... more »
  • South Louisiana farmers taking severe hit from heavy rains

    June 17, 2015 11:10 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Rain across Southwest Louisiana is threatening the survival of soybean and rice crops. LSU AgCenter extension agent Barrett Courville says overall it's a horrible season and he doesn't see much hope. Courville says weeks of thunderstorms and heavy rains have saturated fields, increasing the presence of disease... more »
  • 'Brown ocean' effect may bedevil soggy Texas as storm nears

    June 15, 2015 5:20 PM

    DALLAS - The historic rainfall that inundated Texas in May continues to leave the soil saturated and rivers engorged. But it also could strengthen a storm in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves over land. A broad area of low pressure that developed near the Yucatan Peninsula could brew... more »
  • Red River to drop below flood stage at Shreveport this week

    June 15, 2015 11:12 AM

    SHREVEPORT- The Red River continues to recede with an expected drop below flood stage by the end of the week. But forecasters are watching the development of a tropical disturbance in the Gulf which could have an impact on the Red River basin next week. Meteorologist Mario Valverde in the... more »
  • Louisiana flooding: 'Dirty red water was too much for some'

    June 12, 2015 12:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The flooding Red River in rural northwest Louisiana is reaching levels not seen since the 1940s, sending people scrambling to protect their homes, property and livestock. Along the river on Friday, family, friends, neighbors and volunteers pitched in to build sandbag walls. The effort has been going... more »
  • GOHSEP begins assessing Red River flood damage

    June 9, 2015 5:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Recovery teams from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have started assessing damage in Northwest Louisiana affected by Red River flooding. "We want to make sure everything is done to help people and communities impacted by the Red River flooding,"GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis... more »
  • NWS: Red River just above 37 feet; likely to stay there

    June 8, 2015 7:30 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The National Weather Service in Shreveport says the Red River has crested and likely will stay at or around its current level for the next few days before slowly decreasing. Meteorologist Davyon Hill said the river, as of 4 p.m. Monday, was at 37.02 feet. That's the highest... more »
  • Louisiana National Guard mobilizes flood response efforts

    June 5, 2015 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard began mobilizing its flood response efforts in Northwest Louisiana to assist emergency officials Friday. Governor Bobby Jindal and state emergency officials urged local officials and state agencies to take immediate steps to combat flooding and protect homes and important infrastructure. The... more »
  • Closings, evacuations ordered as Red River rises

    June 5, 2015 5:33 PM

    SHREVEPORT - Governor Bobby Jindal surveyed flooded areas near the Red River and met with emergency officials in Caddo and Bossier parishes Friday. According to KTBS-TV, the Red River is flowing into homes and businesses from Texarkana to Natchitoches, prompting road closings and evacuations. Caddo-Bossier authorities are taking more... more »
  • Red River crest at Shreveport expected highest in 70 years

    June 4, 2015 5:48 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The National Weather Service says the Red River is rising higher than it has in 70 years. Caddo and Bossier parish officials say a few neighborhoods are expected to flood as stormwater from Oklahoma and Texas drains into northwest Louisiana. Meteorologist Mario Valverdesays new data from the Army... more »
  • Scotlandville residents demand a fix for flood problems Play Video

    June 1, 2015 7:46 PM

    SCOTLANDVILLE - A distraught neighborhood is demanding a fix to its ongoing flooding problem, and the timing couldn't be better as the 2015 hurricane season is just kicking off. Upset residents documented the scene as the Scotland Villa apartment complex filled up with water when a pumping-system failed in... more »
  • New flooding death reported near Dallas

    May 29, 2015 1:07 PM

    DALLAS, TX - Authorities say a man drowned after his truck was swept into a culvert near Dallas, raising the death toll from recent storms in Texas and Oklahoma to 25 people. Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner says first responders found the dead man early Friday morning in his... more »
  • 1000s of Houston properties damaged in flooding

    May 26, 2015 11:35 AM

    HOUSTON, TX - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says first responders to the flooding situations across much of the state saved countless lives. Abbott says the disaster declarations in the state stretch from "literally the Red River to the Rio Grande." The Republican added that Texas will "continue to have rising... more »
  • 12 missing in Texas flash flooding

    May 25, 2015 1:32 PM

    SAN MARCOS, Texas - Authorities say a dozen people are missing after flash flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas that damaged hundreds of homes. Kristi Wyatt, a spokeswoman for the city of San Marcos, said Monday that 12 people are now missing after the flooding Sunday, when three... more »
  • Inland flooding

    May 22, 2015 12:08 PM

    Aside from surge and tide impacts, widespread heavy rainfall associated with tropical cyclones may produce amounts in excess of 6 inches. This may even occur well inland and away from where the storm made initial landfall. 25 percent of tropical cyclone deaths of the last 50 years are a direct... more »
  • Storm surge

    May 22, 2015 11:55 AM

    Considered the most life-threatening of tropical hazards is the storm surge. Since 1963, storm surge has caused over half of the tropical cyclone deaths in the United States. Water (including inland flooding), and not wind, has accounted for more than 90% of tropical cyclone deaths. This particular danger can... more »
  • Corps tests hurricane protection system for New Orleans

    May 20, 2015 2:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - With hurricane season approaching, the Army Corps of Engineers is running through its plans and testing pumps and floodgates built around New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck 10 years ago to better protect this low-lying metropolis from flooding. Corps officials said they found a few minor problems... more »

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