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  • Flood zone residents get their annual warning Play Video

    March 7, 2014 6:05 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - Residents in the Morganza Floodway got their flood warning letters from the Army Corps of Engineers, but many say they aren't worried. Many people in the floodway said they got out before the last big flood, almost three years ago. This year they say they're staying... more »
  • Roads, waterways still closed in Ascension Parish

    January 14, 2013 10:40 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish authorities continued to deal with swamped roads and high river levels after heavy flooding last week and more rain this past weekend. Waterways are still closed to recreational watercraft until they drop back down to safe levels again. Here's a list of current road... more »
  • Rain moves on, high water remains

    January 11, 2013 10:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Heavy rain moved on after soaking Louisiana for two days, leaving behind swollen rivers and areas still dealing with high water. Livingston Parish declared an individual emergency to help residents there deal with flooding in their homes and businesses. Gov. Jindal also declared a statewide emergency... more »
  • Mississippi River drops, threatening barge traffic

    December 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    ST. LOUIS- The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open... more »
  • Mississippi River dropping slower than expected

    December 5, 2012 7:42 PM

    A bit of a breather for shippers on the Mississippi River as the forecast shows water levels are dropping slower and may not halt barge traffic. At least two companies are already lightening their loads over concerns about the river's depth. The level at St. Louis is 13 feet and... more »
  • Lawmakers discuss low Miss. River with Corps

    November 29, 2012 3:10 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Army Corps of Engineers official told federal lawmakers the agency can't legally reverse its decision to reduce the Missouri River's flow into the rain-starved Mississippi River. But Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Army Assistant Secretary Jo-Ellen Darcy did tell him and senators from Iowa and... more »
  • Midwest drought and low Mississippi River to increase food prices Play Video

    August 13, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The cost to do business for farmers could trickle down to the consumer as early as the end of this year. Drought conditions in the Midwest and transportations issues on the Mississippi River are making it difficult to grow and ship product. The Mississippi River... more »
  • Stocks close at highest level since '07

    May 1, 2012 3:28 PM

    NEW YORK - The Dow Jones industrial average is closing at its highest level in more than four years. The fastest growth in U.S. manufacturing in 10 months gave stocks a lift Tuesday. Orders, hiring and production all rose in April. The Dow added 66 points to 13,279, its highest... more »
  • Price of oil drops

    March 22, 2012 10:55 AM

    NEW YORK - The price of oil is at its lowest level in a week, after reports of a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing. The price dropped $2.61 to $104.66 per barrel. The Chinese slowdown could cut demand for crude because China's factories big users of oil. But retail gasoline prices... more »
  • La. coast prepares for sea level rise

    February 7, 2012 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A new state report predicts that Louisiana's coast will see 3 feet of sea-level rise by 2100 and recommends that future designs for levees and roads take sea-level rise into account. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority issued the technical report on Monday and opened up a... more »
  • Governor tells public to act like Morganza will be opened

    May 11, 2011 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he was almost certain the Morganza Spillway would be opened in the next few days, and people needed to act like the order had already been given. "I don't want people waiting," he said during today's press briefing on river levels. "Everything... more »
  • Jindal: Triggers will "likely" be hit to open Morganza

    May 10, 2011 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal reiterated his call today for people who could be affected by the Morganza Spillway to make evacuation plans now. Jindal said according to Corps of Engineers estimates, the Mississippi River would probably reach the point where it "triggers" the opening of the Morganza... more »
  • BRPD: No parking on the levee side of River Road

    May 10, 2011 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People visiting the levees in Baton Rouge to see the rising Mississippi River need to be careful where they park, according to city police. Sgt. Don Stone with BRPD said for now, people can't park on the west side of River Road along the Mississippi River... more »
  • Jindal: Morganza Spillway not expected to be used

    May 2, 2011 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today he doesn't expect the Morganza Spillway will need to be opened to help relieve the rising Mississippi River. Jindal made the statement today during his weekly legislative press conference. He said the Morganza spillway, which hasn't been opened since the early... more »
  • Mississippi River nears highest level since `37

    April 25, 2011 3:47 PM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The National Weather Service has forecast that the Mississippi River will crest at 52.5 feet in Vicksburg on May 13, the highest level since 1937. Marty Pope, senior service hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, tells the Vicksburg Post that river levels have risen... more »
  • Levee inspectors watching high river level effects

    March 28, 2011 10:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The water level is high in the Mississippi River and that means the watch is on. Inspectors are on regular rotations checking for seepage and sand boils along the levee system. When the water levels rise in the spring, the increased pressure pushes water underneath the... more »
  • EPA OK's raising level of ethanol in gasoline

    October 14, 2010 6:56 PM

    The Environmental Protection Agency OK’d raising the level of ethanol in gasoline to 15 percent. However, the corn-based fuel could have adverse effects on some cars. News 2’s Kristy Davis got answers on what to watch for at the pump. more »
  • Officials approve Cheniere Lake drawdown

    September 9, 2010 7:51 AM

    The Ouachita Parish Police Jury will begin drawing down the water level of Cheniere Lake next week. The 3-foot drawdown will begin Wednesday and will continue through mid-January. The purpose of the annual drawdown is to allow leaves to decompose, exposing the sandy bottom for spawning. Tupelo gum leaves have... more »
  • Climate change center to be in Lower 9th Ward

    August 26, 2010 5:59 AM

    A $3.2 million center where people will learn about climate change and the threat of sea level rise is slated to be built in the Lower 9th Ward with federal and private dollars. The center will be constructed near a floodwall that broke during Hurricane Katrina, unleashing flood waters that... more »

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