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  • August's historic flooding continues to impact housing market

    October 26, 2016 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE – This year’s historic flooding in South Louisiana continues to impact the Baton Rouge Housing market, a new report says. But the Greater Baton Rouge Association of Realtors says there is still a silver lining. A new report from GBRAR says that closed sales in the Baton... more »
  • Flooded homeowners: Free well water testing kits for science

    October 26, 2016 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Virginia Tech and LSU Health New Orleans researchers are offering free well water tests to Louisiana homeowners affected by the August floods. They're studying how the floods affected private wells and whether the wells were effectively disinfected. Virginia Tech researcher Kelsey Pieper says well-owners will be mailed... more »
  • Cajun Army needs volunteers to answer the call Play Video

    October 23, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – About two dozen soldiers with the Cajun Army gathered for a prayer vigil at the State Capitol Sunday. The soldiers say they are looking for direction in their effort to help flood victims in need. Crews spent the day in French Settlement gutting the home of... more »
  • Walker water main fixed; boil order lifted

    October 19, 2016 6:41 PM

    WALKER – A city-wide boil order has been lifted in Walker following a water main break that caused flooding in Walker streets on Wednesday. The water main has been repaired and water has been turned on and deemed safe to use and consume. Walker officials say busted water line... more »
  • Residents struggle to come back months after the flood Play Video

    October 18, 2016 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- It has been more than two months since epic flooding destroyed property and changed lives forever. One of the hardest hit areas of East Baton Rouge Parish is off of Joor Road near Prescott. Those who aren't back yet, say they plan to come back despite the hell... more »
  • Residents upset with slow repairs to Alligator Bayou Road Play Video

    October 16, 2016 11:29 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Jody Braud has been living off Alligator Bayou Road for 20-years. And for those 20 years, he has kept a record of all the major floods with marks on a tree on his property. When heavy rains brought historic flooding to South Louisiana in August, Braud’s... more »
  • Southern University hosts disaster recovery fair

    October 16, 2016 12:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - D'Andrea Lee is looking for help after the August flood forced her out of her home. "I lived in my home for 20-years and I have never thought that this would happen," Lee said. She is among dozens of flood victims who attended the Disaster Recovery... more »
  • US Death Toll From Hurricane Matthew Climbs to 42

    October 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    Hurricane Matthew continues to claim more victims. This morning Virginia officials confirmed to ABC News the state's second storm-related death, saying that a Suffolk man who disappeared during Hurricane Matthew was found dead on Oct. 12. The U.S. death toll from Matthew has now climbed to 42 as... more »
  • Louisiana receives $438 million 'down payment' for flood assistance

    October 13, 2016 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that the state will receive $438 million for flood recovery. Edwards’ announcement comes two months after devastating floods ravaged south Louisiana. The flood recovery money will also go to rebuilding efforts for the severe flooding in March. “Historic... more »
  • FEMA and SBA disaster assistance deadline extended until Nov 14

    October 12, 2016 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need FEMA assistance after August’s historic flooding have until Nov. 14 to apply for individual assistance. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the deadline extension on Wednesday afternoon. FEMA hopes the additional time will make sure that everyone affected by... more »
  • Thursday deadline to apply for disaster loans after flooding

    October 12, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Time is running out for business owners, homeowners and renters with damage from the August floods to apply for federal disaster loans. The Louisiana Department of Economic Development says the deadline to seek the low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is Thursday. The loans offer... more »
  • Authorities report 2nd death in US from Matthew

    October 7, 2016 6:25 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Authorities are now saying two people have died in the U.S. because of Hurricane Matthew. The Putnam County, Florida, Sheriff's Office reported Friday that a woman was killed and a man was injured near Crescent City when a tree fell on their camper during the storm. A... more »
  • Red Cross shelter at Celtic Studios closes Wednesday Play Video

    October 5, 2016 6:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The last Red Cross shelter at Celtic Studios for residents impacted by the August flood closed on Wednesday. More than 300 people hit by the flood stayed in the shelter and called the studio home for several weeks. "These folks here in the Celtic Center... more »
  • Local store sells flood ravaged merchandise Play Video

    October 5, 2016 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tonight, health leaders have a word of caution if you plan on purchasing moldy merchandise from stores that may have taken on water during August's epic flooding. At Tom Water's Clothing Store in Baton Rouge, moldy merchandise fills store shelves. The Attorney General's Office says selling moldy merchandise... more »
  • Some Nonprofits May Qualify for FEMA Disaster Grants

    October 5, 2016 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. – Nonprofit organizations that experienced damage or losses from the August floods may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance grants to help them get back to the business of helping others. As part of its mission, FEMA provides grants to state, tribal... more »
  • Relatives get first look at Plainview Cemetery after storm Play Video

    October 2, 2016 8:26 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Theresa Perkins and her granddaughters made their first visit to Plainview Cemetery since last month’s historic flooding. Dozens of vaults and caskets sit on top of the ground. Perkins’ mother’s disturb grave brings tears to her eyes. Her mother is not the only relative buried here.... more »
  • FEMA authorized disaster loans for local governments

    September 30, 2016 5:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced Friday that FEMA has approved the Community Disaster Loan for Louisiana. Edwards said the program will provide aid to local governments impacted by last month’s historic flooding. The CDL is one of many programs through which FEMA provides direct loans... more »
  • Obama signs flood aid, government funding bill

    September 29, 2016 3:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a short-term funding bill to keep the government from shutting down at the end of the week. Lawmakers eager to leave town to campaign for re-election gave themselves breathing room by voting to continue existing spending levels for another 10 weeks, beyond the... more »
  • Congress tied up in partisan knots over the most basic duty

    September 29, 2016 12:54 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has completed its most elementary task - but only after an intense, weekslong struggle to reach a deal to fund the government just days ahead of a shutdown deadline. The legislation extends existing spending levels a mere 10 weeks, past Election Day, while finally addressing the Zika... more »
  • Residents can get FEMA rebuilding advice at home improvement stores

    September 23, 2016 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, FEMA and local hardware stores have teamed up to provide free information on making homes stronger and safer. FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to provide information at area Lowe’s stores... more »
  • Cassidy defends 'hostage' comment about Flint, Michigan

    September 23, 2016 6:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy is defending his comment that people in his flood-ravaged state deserve immediate help and should not be held "hostage" to Flint, Michigan, where residents are struggling with lead-poisoned water. The Republican told National Public Radio that Flint residents can be taken care of after... more »
  • Man claims his severe losses came from contractor, not flood Play Video

    September 23, 2016 5:04 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- A man fortunate enough not to lose everything in the flood, managed to lose everything after. Ray Riley blames the State's Shelter at Home Program and one of the contractors doing the work. What should have been a relatively simple job, turned his family's life into a nightmare.... more »
  • Ryan backs Louisiana flood aid in stopgap spending bill

    September 21, 2016 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he supports an immediate infusion of flood aid to Louisiana as part of a temporary government-wide spending bill that's atop the congressional agenda before lawmakers leave Washington for the fall campaign. The bill also provides more than $1 billion in long-delayed funding to... more »
  • Neighbors concerned over untouched flooded home Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a month after people were rescued from the Old Hammond area of Baton Rouge, there's a moldy mess going. Amid the renovation in Hammond Manor, a house sits untouched since the flood. Possessions have been piled to the curb and the debris collectors have... more »
  • Spike in 'recently damaged' homes for sale in Livingston Parish Play Video

    September 16, 2016 7:31 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – In one of the area’s hardest hit by August’s historic flooding, many homes are for sale. There are so many homes, realtors have now created a new category to identify them:” recently damaged homes.” “We have investors that want to come purchase some houses, so... more »
  • Louisiana's cost to respond to flooding could reach $81M

    September 16, 2016 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's share of response costs to the August flooding could reach $81 million or more. That's the estimate lawmakers received Friday, in a first accounting by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration about the possible exposure for a state struggling with budget gaps. While the federal government will... more »
  • New temporary debris site opens in East Baton Rouge Parish

    September 15, 2016 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – All East Baton Rouge Parish residents should expect to see their 'first pass' of debris cleanup within the next 10 days, parish officials said Thursday. Officials gave the first in a series of daily updates of debris removal efforts after last month’s historic flooding Thursday morning.... more »
  • Residents in Denham Springs urged to double check rebuilding permits Play Video

    September 14, 2016 11:20 AM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- If you live in the city limits of Denham Springs and were issued a building permit by the parish, you need to stop work immediately until you get the proper permit from the city. If you don't, it could affect your wallet. City leaders say if you don't... more »
  • Pointe Coupee residents demand answers following frequent flooding Play Video

    September 13, 2016 11:30 PM

    NEW ROADS - Pointe Coupee residents are blaming the parish government for frequent flooding in one subdivision. Homeowners in the Pecan Acres area depend on a pump to keep the water out of their homes but it hasn't done the job recently. Tuesday, residents packed a police jury meeting... more »
  • Homeowners left in limbo over whether to elevate their homes Play Video

    September 13, 2016 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Estimates indicate hundreds if not thousands of homeowners are in various stages of limbo, waiting to see if their homes need to be elevated. For those waiting, their recovery is stymied, as they wait to find out details from local and federal governments. The hard hit Centurion Place... more »
  • Fund awards $350K in grants to small businesses recovering from flood

    September 12, 2016 5:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund has awarded $350,000 in grants to 57 small businesses impacted by last month's flooding. Within the first week alone, the grant program awarded received more than 600 applicants. Some grant recipients specified that they would use the funding to pay employees... more »
  • Louisiana asking feds to pay more of response to March flood

    September 11, 2016 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While the federal government has agreed to pay 90 percent of the response costs for Louisiana's catastrophic mid-August flooding, the state hasn't been able to get a similar deal for flood damage in north Louisiana in March. The state's congressional delegation and Gov. John Bel Edwards have... more »
  • US 190 bridge near Walker now open

    September 10, 2016 9:31 PM

    WALKER – Traffic officials reopened US 190 bridge crossing Coyell Creek near Walker Sunday afternoon. According to a statement, DOTD crews finished the final stretch of repairs Saturday night, with all lanes reopened Sunday, Sept. 11. The bridge was closed after receiving damage due to rising floodwaters after... more »
  • Regional bus service for flood victims ending, few riders

    September 9, 2016 6:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A regional bus service started after the catastrophic August flooding has been discontinued for lack of riders. The Louisiana transportation department announced Friday that it was ending the service that had been provided for three weeks. It was aimed at getting people who lost their vehicles in... more »
  • Denham Springs High School holds pep rally ahead of first game since flooding Play Video

    September 8, 2016 11:52 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Springs high school sent the message out at their pep rally Thursday night that their team, and community, are okay. And they're ready for some football. The pep rally comes a day before the Yellow Jackets first game of the season. For many, it will... more »
  • NFL players, community rallies to save junior high's football season

    September 8, 2016 8:13 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – After historic flooding decimated Southside Junior High School, coaches said it would take a miracle for the football team to have a season. The school lost all of their equipment during the floods. But thanks to some local businesses and two NFL football players, they have... more »
  • Bluff Road reopens with partial single-lane, shared traffic Play Video

    September 8, 2016 5:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - For the first time since flood water swamped the area around the Spanish Lake Basin, traffic returned to Bluff Road Thursday. Though, it's not an easy drive since water still covers on lane of Bluff Road. Drivers will share the southbound lane and travel be regulated by... more »
  • FEMA specifies disaster aid Is based on individual needs

    September 8, 2016 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You should know that any disaster aid you or your neighbor may receive will be based on each person’s unique circumstances and needs. The amount and type of assistance one individual receives could be completely different from what his/her neighbor receives, even though the damage appears... more »
  • Insurance commissioner request Proof of Loss filing extension

    September 8, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said he is asking FEMA to extend the filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by the historic flooding. According to a statement Thursday, Donelon said FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners to file a “Proof of Loss” form within 60 days... more »
  • Despite Katrina lessons, flood plan in Louisiana shows gaps

    September 8, 2016 11:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina exposed huge gaps in the disaster response plans of Louisiana and the nation. Lessons learned from that 2005 monster storm formed the backbone of state and federal reaction as flooding ravaged 20 Louisiana parishes last month. The response in the immediate aftermath... more »
  • Metro Council discusses debris removal, votes on elevation requirements

    September 7, 2016 5:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Metro Council hosted a special meeting Wednesday evening at City Hall in downtown Baton Rouge to discuss parish elevation requirements after last month’s historic flooding. The council voted to raise "substantial damage" to 50 percent of the homes value for... more »
  • Mosquito spraying to take place over Bluebonnet, Hoo Shoo Too Road

    September 7, 2016 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials say they will conduct an aerial spray mission over the southern part of the parish due to a large population of Culex mosquitos that has been observed in the weeks after recent flooding. The spray operation will be carried out weather permitting in the area... more »
  • Dozens upset with local driving academy for temporarily suspending services Play Video

    September 7, 2016 5:23 PM

    GONZALES- A number of parents and their children feel like they've been taken for a ride by a local driving school. Last week, they received a letter saying a key portion of their children's driving requirements will be suspended for the next few months. The parents enrolled their children into... more »
  • Concerts, instruments, money help music survive after floods

    September 7, 2016 4:39 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Classical musicians are planning benefit concerts, an assistant professor of music in Mississippi is collecting instruments for Louisiana schools and a country music-affiliated charity is donating $30,000 - all to help make sure music survives the disastrous floods that hit south Louisiana in August. Musicians who lost... more »
  • VIDEO: 3 wanted for looting $34,000 from Walmart after flood

    September 7, 2016 11:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s detectives are looking for three suspects believed to be behind looting at the O’Neal Lane Walmart on Aug. 14. Detectives said they responded to the Walmart after they received a looting complaint while floodwater had yet to recede throughout the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Louisiana offers scholarships for contractors in flood areas

    September 7, 2016 8:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Contractors in parts of Louisiana affected by recent flooding can qualify for a limited number of scholarships when registering for a new program to help small construction companies grow. The Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute will help people with small and emerging construction companies learn industry basics, including... more »
  • OMV offers online license plate cancellation service

    September 6, 2016 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - With the Office of Motor Vehicles cancelling several hundred license plates a day since recent flooding, the OMV says it will now offer an option for motorists to cancel license plates online. A link on the OMV’s website at www.expresslane.org will allow customers to cancel the... more »
  • Louisiana flood damage at least $8.7 billion, governor says

    September 3, 2016 12:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure. The governor's office Saturday released a letter Edwards sent Friday... more »
  • Shelter at Home work begins in Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 2, 2016 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Work crews were in 15 Baton Rouge homes on Friday as the state Shelter at Home programs moves to full swing. One of those homes was already complete by the time the day was out. Louisiana's Shelter at Home program pays up to $15,000 to make... more »
  • Ascension officials release web app for documenting flooding

    September 2, 2016 3:30 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials announced a dedicated photo sharing web app on Friday aimed at helping residents document damage from recent record flooding. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced the site as part of efforts by parish officials to rebuilding the community after the historic flooding event. ... more »
  • More than 14,000 residents sign up for Shelter at Home program

    September 1, 2016 6:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that registration information for the Shelter at Home Program is now available to victims of last month’s historic flooding. The Shelter at Home Program is a new program that helps residents who were affected by the floods to shelter at... more »
  • Vitter says FEMA to fund crisis counseling

    September 1, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims. Sen. David Vitter's office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills.... more »
  • Price gouging concerns addressed by Attorney General's Office Play Video

    August 31, 2016 10:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Attorney General's Office is addressing some concerns over price gouging and says if you notice a large jump in price following the flood disaster, it might be price gouging. Deputy Director of Public Protection Michael Dupree says price gouging is not necessarily a freeze in... more »
  • Investigative Unit: Concerns raised over pump maintenance after floods Play Video

    August 31, 2016 6:43 PM

    NEW ROADS- Dozens of homeowners who typically flood in a low lying area of Pointe Coupee Parish blame bad maintenance on a drainage pump, and a failure of their local government. Those issues now have the attention of Governor John Bel Edwards who took a tour of the area for... more »
  • Blood donations needed for Labor Day holiday

    August 31, 2016 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - United Blood Services says over 400 pints of blood were lost during the historic flooding across south Louisiana. The organization is asking residents to consider giving blood during the Labor Day holiday. “During the Labor Day holiday, people will be more active and unfortunately, accidents... more »
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation distributes relief grants

    August 31, 2016 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has distributed more than $1.6 million so far to local nonprofits helping people affected by the floods, including more $600,000 to schools and groups focused on education. The grants are the first round of giving coming from the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund,... more »
  • Postal Service updates returning mail service

    August 30, 2016 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Postal officials say they’ve made significant progress in restoring mail service to residents of the Capital Area following recent historic flooding. The Postal Service says huge strides have been made each day with USPS continuing to make progress toward ensuring customers receive timely, efficient and reliable... more »
  • Around 850 residents remain in River Center shelter

    August 30, 2016 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Red Cross reports about 850 people are still staying at the Baton Rouge River Center after it was converted into a shelter for residents displaced by this month's floods. The aid organization says thousands of volunteers have come from across the nation to the... more »
  • La moves 79 pets from mobile shelter to prison shelter Play Video

    August 28, 2016 11:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana says that 79 cats and dogs currently at a mobile shelter outside a Baton Rouge arena are being moved to a kennel designed as a disaster pet shelter in a state prison. The Department of Agriculture and Forestry says in a news release that the state... more »
  • In Denham Springs, even modest recovery raises hope

    August 28, 2016 2:59 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Even the most modest signs of recovery are lifting weary spirits in Denham Springs, a Baton Rouge suburb at the epicenter of the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana. Floodwaters damaged an estimated 90 percent of homes and businesses in the city, but Mayor Gerard Landry and many... more »
  • Salvation Army to open distribution center Monday in Gonzales

    August 28, 2016 12:40 PM

    GONZALES - The Salvation Army will open a distribution center in Gonzales on Monday, Aug. 29. The distribution and limited case management center will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be located at 218 E Bayou Narcisse St. in Gonzales. Food, water, toiletries, and limited... more »
  • Filing, payment extensions for those affected by flooding

    August 28, 2016 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State tax extensions are available to Louisiana taxpayers whose homes, business and critical tax records are located in 20 parishes designated as federal disaster areas following recent flooding. The Louisiana Department of Revenue says for sales, severance and excise taxes due on or after Aug. 11 and... more »
  • Sales tax refunds available for property destroyed in 2016 floods

    August 26, 2016 6:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Taxpayers in certain parishes can claim refunds for state sales taxes paid on personal property destroyed by last week’s historic flooding or the March 2016 flooding. According to the Louisiana Department of Revenue, those refunds are only available to residents living in a parish declared a... more »
  • Renters may be eligible for federal disaster aid

    August 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Renters who experienced losses from last week’s historic flooding may be eligible for federal disaster aid. According to a FEMA statement Friday, renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to cover certain disaster related expenses, including: Disaster related medical and dental expenses Replacement... more »
  • EBR collects 51,000 cubic yards of debris in first week

    August 26, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Kip Holden announced Friday that crews have collected more than 51,000 cubic yards of flood debris over the last week, and that number will continue to grow. Holden said crews picked up nearly 17,000 cubic yards of debris just Thursday. And the work is... more »
  • Fire marshal establishes guidelines for re-opening businesses after flooding

    August 26, 2016 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With Louisiana business owners entering the earliest stages of recovery as floodwaters recede, the State Fire Marshal’s Office has issued some guidelines to help business owners resume operations as soon as possible. The guidelines listed below will remain in effect until Nov. 30. - State... more »
  • Heavy traffic delays in Ascension expected through next week

    August 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    DUTCHTOWN – Parish officials warn that drivers in Ascension Parish should expect heavy traffic delays starting Monday until further notice on La. 73 near the Dutchtown area. Officials say students for St. Amant High School and Dutchtown High School will be attending classes at Dutchtown High due to last... more »
  • OMV to offer free duplicate documents to flood survivors

    August 26, 2016 11:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles says it will offer free duplicates of critical documents to victims of recent severe weather that may have lost them during the flood. A Twitter post from the Governor's Office says duplicate vehicle titles, driver's licenses, IDs and other documents will... more »
  • Aid available to farmers after historic flooding

    August 26, 2016 11:50 AM

    OPELOUSAS – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture is assuring farmers that state and federal aid is available to help them get through the flooding crisis. According to a release from LSU’s Friday, state Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has held multiple meetings in Indian Bayou, Opelousas, Batchelor and Donaldsonville. ... more »
  • Where to volunteer in Louisiana this weekend (Aug. 26-28)

    August 26, 2016 11:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - There's still plenty of work to be done in Louisiana after historic flooding destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. A large portion of that will be done by volunteers. If you can spare the time, please consider the following volunteer opportunities this weekend. LOOKING TO... more »
  • Ascension Parish dials back estimate of house flooding

    August 26, 2016 10:08 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government has significantly reduced its estimate of house flooding, one day after parish officials announced flooding had affected 30,000 to 40,000 homes. Officials said Thursday revised numbers suggest 16,000 to 19,000 structures were affected to some extent, similar to earlier numbers released about the flooding after... more »
  • Annual Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival cancelled

    August 26, 2016 9:06 AM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish say that this year’s Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival is cancelled due to recent historic flooding and in anticipation of any further weather events. “We are hurting, but on the mend, in Ascension Parish. Over 50% of our annual attendees at the Hot... more »
  • Tangipahoa approved for supplemental SNAP benefits

    August 25, 2016 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Tangipahoa Parish has been added to the list of parishes approved for automatic supplemental SNAP benefits. According to a release Thursday, the federal Food and Nutrition Service approved Tangipahoa SNAP recipients to receive automatic DSNAP benefits. Those recipients will not need to complete signed affidavits in... more »
  • Some Louisiana sugarcane fields still flooded

    August 25, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Experts in Louisiana say some sugarcane fields remain flooded, with water unable to drain into full rivers and bayous. Sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois of Louisiana State University says farmers have been able to plant only 15 to 20 percent of their expected acreage - and need... more »
  • GOHSEP, LANG release new flood statistics

    August 25, 2016 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana National Guard says more than 19,040 citizens and 2,660 pets were rescued in the first seven days that came after the start of this month’s historic flooding. As of Thursday, the National Guard has distributed more than 250,220 MREs and 683,520 bottles of water.... more »
  • Thousands remain under boil water advisory in Ascension Parish

    August 25, 2016 10:34 AM

    SORRENTO - Large swaths of Ascension Parish remain under boil advisories following recent catastrophic flooding in the region, according to the APOHSEP. Parish officials recently posted an updated list of public water systems currently under boil water advisory due to the recent floods. According to the population totals,... more »
  • Flood grants available for small businesses

    August 25, 2016 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Business and economic development groups from across south Louisiana have teamed up to launch the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund, which aims to give grants to companies hurt by the historic flood. Ansley Zehnder, a spokeswoman for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, said in a news... more »

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