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  • Restore LA home reconstruction begins for 70 identified homeowners Play Video

    February 26, 2018 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman affected by the August 2016 flood is thankful for a construction crew and the help of Restore Louisiana. The crew showed up to her flood-damaged property with an excavator Monday morning to tear down the dilapidated house. 2 On Your Side has been... more »
  • PHOTO STORY: Rockport, Texas rebuilds after Hurricane Harvey

    September 10, 2017 3:23 PM

    ROCKPORT, Texas - Hurricane Harvey tore through Southeast Texas two weeks ago destroying homes, businesses and lives. Houston, the country's fourth largest city was devastated, and Harvey bashed other places on the coast of the Lone Star state as well. Properties south of Columbia are still under... more »
  • Woman faces eviction if rebuild doesn't start soon Play Video

    June 27, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A woman who's living in a FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit is facing eviction if she does not start construction on her flood-damaged home. Floy Cook says she can't afford to make the repairs herself and she can't find anyone to help her. The clock is ticking... more »
  • Hopes, concerns spurred by post-hurricane development plan

    April 9, 2017 12:51 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A major rebuilding effort is underway in a New Orleans neighborhood decimated by 2005's Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority is working to develop about 175 properties in the city's Lower 9th Ward. The neighborhood of low-to-moderate-income residents was hit hard by Katrina and has struggled... more »
  • FEMA offering free tips for repairing post-flood homes

    October 31, 2016 11:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA is offering free information at area home-improvement stores about repairing or rebuilding homes damaged in the August flood. Representatives will answer questions and offer home-improvement tips to prevent and lessen damage from disasters. Most of the information is aimed at people who prefer "do-it-yourself"... more »
  • Shelter at Home deadline extended to October 21

    October 14, 2016 9:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA has approved the state's request to extend the deadline to apply for the Shelter at Home program to October 21. The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says the need to extend the deadline was noticeable after hundreds of Louisiana flood survivors registered... more »
  • City-Parish urging residents to check contractors are licensed

    October 14, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE – City-Parish officials are urging residents to use licensed contractors and to check their credentials before they perform their construction work as repairs and rebuilding are in full swing following the August flood. To determine whether or not a contractor is licensed, residents can go to the... 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 »
  • Shelter at Home program leaves mess in St. Amant home Play Video

    September 21, 2016 11:37 PM

    ST. AMANT - Some homeowners are fed up with contractors not finishing the job they were hired to do by the state's Shelter at Home program. At one home in St. Amant, a mess was left behind for the homeowners to clean up. Connie and Paul Braud contacted Two... more »
  • Consultant to oversee Ascension Parish school rebuilding

    September 14, 2016 9:21 AM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board has picked CSRS, a Baton Rouge firm, to oversee rebuilding flood-damaged school buildings and seeking FEMA reimbursement dollars. Chad Lynch, director of planning and construction for Ascension Parish schools, told board members at a special meeting Tuesday, CSRS was recommended by a selection... more »
  • Tourists help local flood victims rebuild Play Video

    September 1, 2016 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Volunteers have crossed states and even countries to help those who have lost everything in the recent historic flood. Gutting out flooded homes is not exactly what one would call a vacation, but some French tourists are adding that to the list of things to do... more »
  • Family that survived Katrina rebuilds again after recent flood Play Video

    August 29, 2016 7:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Many of the New Orleans residents who survived Hurricane Katrina moved to the Baton Rouge area to start over, however many did not think they would find themselves starting over again 11 years later. Jonathan and Lindsey Sumich were newlyweds when the eye of Hurricane Katrina... more »
  • Elderly St. Amant couple starts from scratch after flood Play Video

    August 24, 2016 6:49 PM

    ST. AMANT – One aged couple from St. Amant, is starting from scratch as they recover from last week's flood. Nail by nail Perry Germillion has been taking down what he worked so hard to build. "You work all your life to try and get a nice home and... more »
  • Debris removal coming soon to Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 21, 2016 10:50 PM

    GONZALES – Inside homes across Ascension Parish, materials and memories are being ripped from walls and thrown into the street. “It’s just like a nightmare that won’t end, can’t wake up from,” Brandon Settoon said. “It’s everything we had and bought over the last 25 years is gone.” ... more »
  • Baton Rouge area gets rain amid flood recovery

    August 21, 2016 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Parts of the Baton Rouge were getting thunderstorms with heavy rain as people continued cleaning out homes to recover from recent flooding. The National Weather Service says 2 to 3 inches of rain fell Sunday, and the area was under a flash flood warning until late afternoon.... more »
  • Man uses social media to help Livingston Parish residents gut homes

    August 20, 2016 6:21 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS – Driving down the streets in Livingston Parish, you hear hammering and scraping coming from thousands of homes. In James Poe’s home, they are just getting started. “It is a mixture of sad, disbelief and hope,” Poe said. Sitting out front of his home is... more »
  • All state offices to reopen Monday

    August 20, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Saturday that all state offices in Louisiana will re-open Monday. According to a release from Commissioner Jay Dardenne’s office Saturday afternoon, state offices in all parishes will re-open on Aug. 22. “I thank the many state workers who have worked diligently during... more »
  • Amid Louisiana flood disaster, youngest bear mental scars

    August 20, 2016 3:14 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- After the flooding in south Louisiana, mental scars are already showing on the youngest victims. The disaster has left 13 dead, prompted more than 30,000 rescues and left an estimated 40,000 homes damaged. Children who endured harrowing rescues are returning home to a jarring landscape that even their... more »
  • Safety tips as post-flooding cleanup begins

    August 17, 2016 4:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Baton Rouge Fire Department said Wednesday that residents should use caution when removing gypsum or sheetrock from flooded homes. “If the materials predate 1980, there is a strong possibility that they may contain asbestos,” officials said Tuesday. Asbestos is classified as a known human... more »
  • Determination, disbelief as waters recede

    August 17, 2016 3:57 PM

    ALBANY - Flood waters have receded in Louisiana's Livingston Parish, but they've left behind an atmosphere of determination to recover mixed with disbelief and uncertainty. In conversations, residents and business owners in the town of Albany repeatedly note that the area had never flooded before - and flood insurance wasn't... more »
  • Staying ahead of the mold, residents salvage what they can

    August 17, 2016 3:51 PM

    GONZALES - The heartbreaking task of sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets and drywall is kicking into high gear in flood-wracked southern Louisiana. Residents will continue going back to their homes Wednesday, assessing damage and getting to work on repairs, in areas where the waters have receded enough.... more »

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