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  • Some charges dropped against Livingston contractor

    February 19, 2015 11:23 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Some charges against contractor Corey Delahoussaye were dropped Thursday. Delahoussaye is accused of over-billing Livingston Parish for work related to Hurricane Gustav clean up. Twenty-two of the 81 counts against him were dropped by the district attorney in the area. The dropped charges are related to... more »
  • Officials having second thoughts about paying contractor

    February 16, 2015 10:52 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Some Livingston Parish Council members are having second thoughts about paying a former parish contractor Corey delaHoussaye is accused of going to a Mardi Gras parade, working out at the gym and playing golf during hours he claimed to be working for the parish after Hurricane Gustav. DelaHoussaye... more »
  • Council settles with firm, details not released

    January 22, 2015 10:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates . The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
  • Another twist in Livingston's debris saga

    December 17, 2014 10:43 PM

    LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday. A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
  • Livingston's uneasy future because of Gustav debris check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 2, 2014 10:30 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor. Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
  • Livingston contractors still waiting on money check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:37 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Contractors who worked to clean up debris following Hurricane Gustav will still be waiting on money from the parish after FEMA decided not to foot the bill for their work. FEMA claims the contractors cleared vastly more debris than what was deposited by the storm, so therefore,... more »
  • FEMA, Livingston debris money talks wrap in Washington

    May 23, 2014 10:48 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders could know this weekend when an arbitration board will make a decision on Hurricane Gustav clean up costs the parish is fighting FEMA to reimburse . Government officials, including the parish president, met with the federal government in Washington, D.C. this week for an arbitration meeting.... more »
  • Livingston Parish closer to recovery of debris funds

    January 28, 2014 12:13 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - A Board of Appeals has denied a motion by FEMA to dismiss Livingston Parish's request for arbitration in recovering over $59 million it spent in clean up after Hurricane Gustav. "We received word today from our attorneys in Washington DC, and we are ecstatic," said Parish... more »
  • LA's unspent hurricane recovery money

    January 2, 2014 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has yet to spend $1.5 billion of federal disaster recovery aid provided by Congress after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike ravaged the state in 2005 and 2008. The flexible block grant rebuilding and strengthening money remains set aside for infrastructure repairs, home rebuilding, school reconstruction... more »
  • Man charged with false billing for Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish

    December 5, 2013 2:35 PM

    LIVINGSTON - A former Livingston Parish contractor accused of falsifying billing invoices and theft related to parish Hurricane Gustav cleanup work, is now facing dozens of charges. The 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office filed a bill of information Tuesday charging Corey Delahoussaye with 73 counts of filing or maintaining... more »
  • DA to file charges against cleanup contractor

    November 26, 2013 7:55 AM

    LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish district attorney says he will file charges against a former parish contractor after a grand jury fell one vote short of indicting him on allegations he falsified billing invoices for work related to Hurricane Gustav cleanup. District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says he will file... more »
  • Grand jury could determine Corey Delahoussaye's fate check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 22, 2013 5:34 PM

  • Arbitrator could hear Livingston debris claims

    October 29, 2013 7:48 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish will seek arbitration after an audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of millions of dollars for Hurricane Gustav debris removal found the agency failed to meet its deadlines in responding to the parish's appeals. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "Reflections of August Storms."

    August 23, 2013 6:47 PM

    A year ago, New Jersey was bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a weekend storm never experienced since 1871 and Hurricane Hazel. As noted in a previous column, August is one of the worst months for storms in Louisiana. Also on this date in 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall 20 miles southwest... more »
  • Pat Shingleton: "The 3 Worst for Baton Rouge"

    August 23, 2013 6:31 PM

    Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. A year ago we were tracking Tropical Storm Isaac remembering that Gustav was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 5 storm-the third to hit... more »
  • New bill could help Livingston Parish get funds from FEMA

    March 25, 2013 5:56 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Help in congress could make it easier for Livingston Parish to make an appeal against the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This involves $62 million for hurricane clean up after Gustav. The parish has disputed for almost four years. Senator Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, drafted... more »
  • Cassidy: FEMA should reinvestigate Livingston damage

    February 25, 2013 7:57 AM

    LIVINGSTON - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy says the Federal Emergency Management Agency should reopen an appeal by Livingston Parish that asks the agency to pay for debris removal from Hurricane Gustav. In a letter to FEMA, Cassidy say evidence suggests the agency may have wrongly decided how much it would... more »
  • DPW chief discusses lessons learned from Isaac check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2012 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The interim director of Baton Rouge's Department of Public Works said today his agency's Hurricane Isaac preparation and response went smoothly. David Guillory said they had one overriding goal: get back to normal as quickly as possible. "We need to try to make us operate... more »
  • Corps: Isaac's path, slow speed caused flooding

    November 9, 2012 6:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A post-Hurricane Isaac study by the Army Corps of Engineers says Isaac's storm surge flooding of areas that were not inundated during Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav was not caused by post-Katrina improvements to New Orleans area levee system. Instead, the study says, surge flooding during Isaac was... more »
  • Ricks: Could be a few days before debris removal begins

    September 5, 2012 1:40 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said today it could take a few more days to complete plans for debris removal after Hurricane Isaac. Ricks told News 2 it's taking some time because the parish is trying to avoid many of the problems they faced after Hurricane Gustav... more »
  • "Andrew-A Memory Jogger!"

    August 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    Prior to Katrina, Hurricane Andrew was the costliest hurricane in United States history. As we track Tropical Storm Isaac, Gustav is recognized as the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge. Andrew recorded five official landfalls including its final landing as a category 3 storm on our coast. Storms that cause... more »
  • "Rebuild Rosie Project" makes progress check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 13, 2012 6:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A family is finally getting a roof over their head after a News 2 story brought in thousands of dollars in cash and donations to rebuild her home. Rosie Antoine lost her home earlier this summer and planned to move into her son's old house. That home... more »
  • Terrebonne officials prepare for summer floods

    April 25, 2012 10:40 AM

    Terrebonne Parish officials started the annual work of assembling the parish's "Cat 5" team. The team is charged with identifying places int eh parish that flood excessively in heavy rain. It was created following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Task force members gather information on flood-prone areas and develops... more »
  • Woman charged with defrauding FEMA after Gustav

    March 22, 2012 8:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace woman has been charged with fraudulently receiving more than $28,000 in federal aid following Hurricane Gustav in 2008. A court filing Tuesday charges 33-year-old Shanette Raquell Kennard with one count of theft of government funds. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison... more »
  • Leadership changing for Louisiana National Guard

    November 3, 2011 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after more than 40 years in the military and nearly 14 years as adjutant general. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau's retirement Thursday, saying he will be replaced with Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who... more »
  • Ochsner, Iberville Parish extend hospital negotiations

    May 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish officials and administrators with Ochsner Health System have extended their negotiations to bring a hospital back to the parish. Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso and Mitch Wasden, CEO of Ochsner Health System Baton Rouge Region, announced the extension to their letter of intent through June... more »
  • Livingston FEMA appeal denied

    May 19, 2011 6:18 PM

    LIVINGSTON- FEMA has refused an appeal involving $46 million dollars worth of debris removal in Livingston Parish. The work centered on clean streams and canals after Hurricane Gustav. A report from FEMA cited numerous problems with contractors hired to oversee the work, picking up debris ineligible for FEMA reimbursement... more »
  • New fire trucks in Maringouin

    April 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    MARINGOUIN - The town of Maringouin has two new fire trucks on the road, thanks to $700,000 in hurricane recovery money. Town officials used the money to buy a pumper truck and a rescue pumper. Mayor John Overton says Hurricane Gustav served as a wake-up call for the... more »
  • Housing aid extended for Ike, Gustav victims

    February 19, 2011 9:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Federal officials are extending disaster housing aid for victims of hurricane Ike and Gustav by five months. The extension, announced Friday, will help about 1,743 families in Louisiana. The victims have been receiving disaster aid since the hurricanes hit in the fall of 2008. The rental assistance... more »
  • Gustav: two years later

    September 1, 2010 5:28 PM

    Labor Day is meant for relaxation; instead, on Sept. 1, 2008, it was a day ravaged by nearly hundred mile an hour winds. Light poles hit the ground, nearly every road in Baton Rouge was littered with trees and debris created unparalleled destruction in a city most recently used... more »
  • Entergy Bills to Rise for Hurricane Repairs

    June 17, 2010 9:30 PM

    Entergy customers in Louisiana will see their bills go up as early as August to pay for the utility's damage from hurricanes Ike and Gustav. More than a million customers are affected who are served by Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf-States. The company will borrow $721 million for the repairs... more »
  • Gustav, Ike housing program extended again

    May 13, 2010 1:10 PM

    The federal government has again extended a housing program for Louisiana and Texas residents still displaced by the 2008 hurricanes, Ike and Gustav. The extension will allow the 9,200 residents still in government-owned mobile homes to remain there through Oct. 31. The program, which began in November 2008,... more »
  • Lawmakers back $80M plan for economic development

    March 19, 2010 4:12 PM

    State Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret has received legislative backing for his plan to use $80 million in federal hurricane recovery money to compete for business projects. The Legislature's joint budget committee agreed Friday to the proposal, which requires Moret to get the budget committee's approval for each individual... more »
  • Federal aid for fishermen

    February 20, 2010 11:13 AM

    State officials plan to give $22.7 million in federal aid to commercial fishermen and seafood dealers for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Fishermen and seafood dealers will be able to apply for low-interest loans and grants, or use the money to upgrade their gear. The Louisiana Department... more »
  • Housing program for Ike, Gustav extended

    February 5, 2010 5:29 AM

    The federal government has extended a housing program for about 11,000 Louisiana and Texas families displaced by hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008. Recipients now have until May 27 to find long-term housing. The program was established in November 2008 to help displaced residents with up to 17 months of... more »
  • Housing deadline extended for victims of Gustav, Ike

    December 24, 2009 9:39 AM

    Victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, who live in Louisiana, have another year to stay in government-supplied mobile homes, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The state had requested the extension to March 2011, saying the March 2010 deadline didn't allow enough time for families affected by the... more »
  • Sales tax revenue down in East Baton Rouge Parish

    December 18, 2009 10:31 AM

    Sales tax revenue for East Baton Rouge Parish dropped more than 22 percent in October compared to last year, according to figures released Friday. Mayor-President Kip Holden says city leaders anticipated the deficit, and he blamed it on what he called the "Hurricane Gustav effect." Holden says in October 2008,... more »
  • Recovery money on the way

    October 14, 2009 6:11 PM

    Hundreds of millions of dollars are on the way to some of Louisiana's poorest parishes. It's part of a federal grant distributed through the Louisiana Recovery Authority. News 2's Luke Margolis explains how the money will be spent. more »
  • Public input needed

    October 11, 2009 3:42 PM

    The Louisiana Recovery Authority wants your help to plan $112 million worth of rebuilding after hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Director Paul Rainwater said the agency met with parish leaders and nonprofit groups in hurricane-affected areas, now public comment will be open through Thursday. The plan is to build... more »
  • West Baton Rouge School Board settles Gustav claim

    September 17, 2009 6:40 AM

    The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board has settled a Hurricane Gustav claim with AXIS Surplus Insurance Company. The insurance company will pay about $850,000 worth of hurricane damage claims. School Superintendent David Corona the district is still negotiating with FEMA about remaining repair costs. more »

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