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  • 11 years later, New Orleans remembers Katrina

    August 29, 2016 9:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - It's been 11 years since the wind, rain and subsequent levee breaks associated with Hurricane Katrina deluged New Orleans. On Monday, officials marked the occasion with wreath-laying ceremonies to remember those who lost their lives to the flooding and celebrations to commemorate those who survived. Mayor Mitch... more »
  • Ascension officials dispel rumors of levee breach

    August 15, 2016 4:45 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Parish officials provided a Sunday evening update of ongoing flood conditions in Ascension. Interactive Ascension Parish Flood Maps are available: Elevation Floodzone With water levels rising at a rapid rate, areas north of Hwy 42 and east of Hwy 421 are expected to... more »
  • Firefighters put out SUV on fire at levee as manhunt continues

    August 9, 2016 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A manhunt remains underway for a man who bailed out of his vehicle at the end of a police pursuit near the Mississippi River early Tuesday afternoon. Multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene by land, water and air to look for the suspect... more »
  • Parents of missing St. Tammany Parish toddler arrested

    July 8, 2016 12:35 PM

    ELMWOOD - The parents of a missing 2-year-old boy have been arrested after the body of a toddler was found under the Huey P. Long bridge in Jefferson Parish. Media outlets report 21-year-old Gabrielle Whittington and 21-year-old Onterio Thompson were arrested Thursday and charged with unlawful disposal of human remains... more »
  • Saints fan's devotion to team so big it can be seen from space

    May 5, 2016 5:48 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Saints fan has expressed his undying affection for the Black and Gold in a form that can be seen from outer space. Using Google Earth, Algiers resident Dick Tierney’s handiwork can be seen. Tierney mowed the words “WHO DAT” into the grass of a Lower... more »
  • Mississippi River levee repairs limit high water problems

    March 28, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the $450 million spent on repairing levees after the 2011 Mississippi River flood has paid dividends this year, allowing the 2016 winter flood to come and go with little damage expected. Mark Wingate, deputy district engineer for project management with the... more »
  • 3,500 homes in north Bossier City evacuated

    March 10, 2016 8:16 AM

    BOSSIER CITY- Officials in north Louisiana have evacuated 3,500 homes in Bossier City as a precaution as Red Chute Bayou approaches the top of its levee. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Hansford says the bayou may top the levee or be breached. Hansford say heavy rain continued across much of... more »
  • Coast Guard investigating Mississippi River barge collision at New Orleans

    January 15, 2016 9:02 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard reports they are responding to a barge collision at mile marker 95 on the Mississippi River, close to the Crescent City Connection Bridge in New Orleans on Friday. Officials say a tow vessel named Lucia collided with barges located at Stone Fleet at... more »
  • Guard working through the night to get flood barriers ready

    January 13, 2016 1:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Louisiana National Guard continued Wednesday to build and install flood barriers and patrol levees along swollen rivers in the state, according to a Guard spokesperson. Around 300 members of the Guard are working around the state to shore up flood protections along the... more »
  • Army Corps starts daily patrols on Mississippi River levees

    January 6, 2016 11:48 AM

    NEW ORLEANS – Due to rising river levels, the Army Corps of Engineers will start daily patrols on all levees along the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Venice, La. The Army Corps released a statement Wednesday saying that the river has risen to 15 feet at the Carrolton... more »
  • Donaldsonville falls short of money for levee project Play Video

    November 4, 2015 6:29 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A project to improve a portion of the levee has run out of money and city officials have no idea where they can get more. It's all part of a riverfront development project. Benches, lights, and pavement have started to pop up on the levee, near the... 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 »
  • Army Corps of Engineers to begin levee inspections

    July 18, 2015 1:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is beginning daily inspections of levees from Baton Rouge to Venice as the Mississippi River rises. The corps says in a news release that construction projects within 1,500 feet of the levee will be halted. Inspectors also will look for scouring... more »
  • Farmers blame Army Corps for flooded crops Play Video

    July 15, 2015 7:45 PM

    MORGANZA - Farmers face a total loss of their crop when water overtopped a levee near Morganza. The farmers said it could have been avoided if the Army Corps of Engineers hadn't got in the way. The rising Mississippi River caused the flooding and put 4,000 acres of soybeans... more »
  • Work gears up on Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee project

    June 3, 2015 5:11 AM

    HOUMA- Work is moving ahead to complete the central part of a levee system to protect Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. Bids for roughly $21 million of levee work are expected to go out this week for the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system. Reggie Dupre, the Terrebonne Parish Levee District director, said the... more »
  • Police identify human remains found near LSU

    February 15, 2015 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Investigators for Baton Rouge Police say the human remains they found near LSU's campus belong to a 56-year-old man. According to Cpl. Don Coppola with Baton Rouge Police, they found the remains behind the levee near River Rd. and Skip Bertman Dr. around 5:15 p.m. on... more »
  • Human remains found by levee near LSU

    February 14, 2015 6:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police say they found what appears to be human remains near LSU's campus. According to Cpl. Don Coppola with Baton Rouge Police, the remains were located near River Rd. and Skip Bertman Dr. closer to the levee. Police are still investigating the scene. For further... more »
  • Levee plans revealed, residents weigh-in on design Play Video

    February 11, 2015 10:36 PM

    ST. AMANT - Wednesday night, people unprotected from flooding learned about plans to protect them from high water since Ascension Parish is moving forward with a project approved by voters in 1983. Already, pumping stations and a flood-wall have been built. The final piece is a 4.5 mile levee... more »
  • Meeting scheduled to talk about new levee Play Video

    February 2, 2015 10:39 PM

    ST. AMANT- Next week, parish officials will discuss a proposed levee system that would protect the area from backwater flooding. Work is moving forward on the extension of the Laurel Ridge Levee. The levee currently ends at Gold Place Road. Engineers have plans to extend it to Wall Cemetery... more »
  • Bigger, better improvements for Downtown BR in 2015 Play Video

    January 13, 2015 8:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Downtown Development District saw plenty of improvements last year, but they've got even bigger plans in 2015. Over the weekend, crews put the finishing touches on some walkways from North Blvd. to Florida. 300 units are also under construction to bring more residents to the... more »
  • Lighting Santa's way with bonfires, gumbo Play Video

    December 22, 2014 7:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Christmas tradition continues this weekend in St. James Parish. Dozens of bonfire structures have already popped up near Gramercy and Lutcher. They're used to light the way for Santa on Christmas Eve. Family and friends spend weeks constructing the elaborate structures. Some are as tall... more »
  • Levee work begins on False River Play Video

    November 24, 2014 5:03 PM

    NEW ROADS - Work has begun to build a ring levee on the south flat of False River to improve the water quality in the popular oxbow lake. Contractors started work on the ring levee Monday and hope to have it finished by the end of January. Another contractor... more »
  • School leaders consider flood walls to protect schools

    September 29, 2014 6:40 AM

    ABBEVILLE - School officials in Vermilion Parish are moving ahead with plans for a concrete wall and pump system to protect more of the parish's schools from floodwaters. They are determined not to see a replay of problems encountered with flooded schools following Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Ike in... more »
  • Young man's body found badly beaten could be ID'd today Play Video

    August 14, 2014 3:24 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff Jeff Wiley told News 2 Thursday that a body found on an Ascension Parish levee was too badly beaten for them to make a quick identification. Deputies found the body of a young black male on the levee near Donaldsonville Thursday afternoon. Wiley said the body... more »
  • Backwater flooding blamed for levee breach

    June 4, 2014 10:33 AM

    MATHEWS, La. - DPW crews continued to check levees in Lafourche Parish for weak spots after a breach earlier this week that officials said was due to backwater flooding in Ascension and St. John parishes. Lafourche Parish leaders declared a state of emergency after the breach Monday night in... more »
  • Ascension flooding blamed for levee breach

    June 3, 2014 11:00 PM

    CHOUPIC- North of Thibodaux, on the route to Vacherie, crews had to plug a leak in a levee, blamed on rising water in parishes closer to Baton Rouge. An emergency declaration was issued even though the leak was quickly repaired. The leak was located on a levee off Highway... more »
  • At the Capitol With Rep. Eddie Lambert Play Video

    May 27, 2014 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sen. Eddie Lambert (R-Gonzales) stopped by 2une In Tuesday to talk about the final week of the legislation, particularly the battle over the budget. Check out the video for more information. more »
  • Livingston passes flood resolution

    March 13, 2014 10:46 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders want to establish a coalition to look at flooding issues along Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas. The Livingston Parish Council discussed a resolution Thursday after residents complained about issues, possibly from neighboring parishes. Specifically, people want to target levees and pumping stations in other parishes... more »
  • People push for flood study; blame EBR, Ascension

    February 27, 2014 10:20 PM

    LIVINGSTON - There's a push to study flooding, specifically targeting levees and pumping stations in other parishes, to determine if those features contribute to flooding problems in this parish. But, the Livingston Parish Council tabled a resolution Thursday night to begin the process. It would bring in a team... more »
  • Corps levee plan leaves out Ascension Play Video

    November 26, 2013 4:49 PM

    GONZALES - The Louisiana Army Corps of Engineers has decided to go forward with a levee plan that does not include protection for Ascension Parish. Tuesday, the Corps announced they would move forward with Alternative C, a plan which includes levee protection around St. John and populated portions of... more »
  • Bike and pedestrian path has opened

    October 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After years planning and 11 months of construction, a 2-mile bike and pedestrian path has opened along the Mississippi River levee in the city's Algiers area. The Times-Picayune reports the $3 million project, commissioned by the Algiers Development District, is an asphalt ribbon connecting the Algiers Point... more »
  • Ascension promised a levee system Play Video

    October 2, 2013 10:37 PM

    GONZALES - Leaders have committed to pay $10 million for a levee around Ascension Parish if the federal government decides not to pay the bill. The New Orleans District Army Corps of Engineers is leaning toward building a new system, classified as Alternative C, surrounding parts of St. James... more »
  • Even in shutdown, Corps still plans to talk Ascension levees Wed.

    October 1, 2013 10:27 PM

    GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish. The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system. Ascension... more »
  • $5 million project to raise levee between BR, Iberville Parish Play Video

    September 3, 2013 10:25 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- A stretch of levee just north of town, continuing across the Iberville-East Baton Rouge Parish line, is being "lifted" and fortified to protect people from the roaring Mississippi River. Dirt is being added to the top of the levee to raise it a few feet. The project... more »
  • Corps flood plans leave out Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish. The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
  • Levee board's suit moved to federal court

    August 13, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans-area levee authority's lawsuit against dozens of oil and gas companies has been transferred from state to federal court at the request of one of the companies, but the move may be temporary. In a court filing Tuesday, attorneys for Chevron U.S.A. Inc. argue... more »
  • Security tightened for firework show Play Video

    July 3, 2013 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement are doing what they can to provide a fun and safe Independence Day in downtown Baton Rouge. Security will be tight for the firework show tomorrow night hosted by WBRZ and The Advocate. Baton Rouge Police Department said they'll be out in full... more »
  • Work on levee system underway

    June 24, 2013 11:47 AM

    HOUMA - Work is underway to tie Terrebonne and south Lafourche's levee systems together. The Courier reports the action will close a gap in the Morganza to the Gulf hurricane protection system and offer some protection from storm surge for residents in parts of both parishes. The preliminary design has... more »
  • Levee district moving ahead with Morganza work

    June 18, 2013 11:32 AM

    HOUMA - The Terrebonne Levee District is gearing up for its busiest year of levee-building yet as its board plans to move ahead with millions of dollars in construction paid for with a new 1/2-cent sales tax. The Courier reports the board will review its upcoming budget at a meeting... more »
  • Mississippi River floods north Louisiana farmland

    May 6, 2013 3:45 PM

    LAKE PROVIDENCE - The Mississippi River is again flooding about 8,500 acres of farmland in East Carroll Parish's Bunches Bend, which had a huge levee failure in 2011 that wiped out $10 million in crops. The News-Star reports the 2011 breach on the levee's northern end was fixed, but a... more »
  • Louisiana levee plan concerns Mississippi leaders

    May 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's worried a proposed levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of south Mississippi in danger of flooding. Hosemann told The Sun Herald that he's concerned about a proposal being considered to build a 24-foot barrier levee near Lake Pontchartrain... more »
  • Crack found in levee during routine check Play Video

    April 30, 2013 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Army Corps of Engineer inspectors found a minor crack in the levee near the USS Kidd today during a routine inspection. The inspection, part of the "Phase One Flood Fight," is triggered when the river reaches a certain level, but the Corps says it's no cause for... more »
  • Deficient levees found across America

    January 17, 2013 7:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states. Levees deemed in unacceptable condition span the breadth of America. Of those the U.S.... more »
  • 2 accused of illegal hunting, damaging levee

    January 16, 2013 6:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Marksville men are accused of shooting deer from a levee road in LaSalle Parish and damaging the levee with their truck. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says 45-year-old Blaine McNeal and 43-year-old Keith Dauzat were booked with a charge of felony criminal damage to... more »
  • Corps: Morganza levee to cost $12.9 billion

    January 4, 2013 2:50 PM

    HOUMA - The Army Corps of Engineers says a federal levee designed to protect Terrebonne Parish and parts of Lafourche Parish from storm flooding will cost $12.9 billion. State and local officials would have to come up with 35 percent, or up to $4.5 billion. The plan released Friday includes... more »

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