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  • Body of 1 of 2 missing fishermen found in Mississippi River

    April 23, 2016 3:29 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Authorities say the body of a Mississippi fisherman who had been missing for more than a month has been found in the Mississippi River in Louisiana. James Lee, the coroner in Mississippi's Adams County Coroner, says the body of 26-year-old Joshua Wilson was recovered Friday. Authorities were... more »
  • Commission discusses ways to move Comite Diversion Project forward Play Video

    March 15, 2016 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As residents and business owners are waiting for floodwater to go down, the Amite River Basin Commission met Tuesday for a regularly scheduled meeting. Board members spoke about the number of phone calls they have received in the last few days about the delayed Comite River... more »
  • River levels in flooded areas falling

    March 15, 2016 12:23 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Area rivers swollen by torrential rain last week will start falling after cresting over the last few hours. Most recently, the Amite River at French Settlement crested Tuesday morning. Already, the Amite at Denham Springs, Bayou Manchac and Port Vincent has crested and has started falling.... more »
  • Residents keep watchful eye on Amite River as it crests, begins to recede Play Video

    March 15, 2016 12:05 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Most of the Amite River has already reached flood stage and begun receding, but part of the river won't crest until Tuesday morning. It's already crested in Denham Springs, Bayou Manchac and Port Vincent and should be back below flood stage at all three locations by Thursday evening.... more »
  • Rising river has residents remembering flooding event 33 years ago

    March 11, 2016 9:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rising water on the Amite River has some residents in Denham Springs concerned. They remember an event in 1983 that flooded homes. Then, the river crested at around 41'. Following this week's wet weather, it will crest at 39', just 2' lower than 33 years ago. Mike... more »
  • Police say no foul play after body found near casino

    January 29, 2016 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police said they do not suspect foul play after a body was found Friday morning along the Mississippi River near the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino. Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said the body was found along the river's embankment between the casino and the base of the... more »
  • Corps of Engineers begins closing bays at Bonnet Carre Spillway

    January 25, 2016 12:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Members of the U. S. Corps of Engineers started closing bays along the Bonnet Carre Spillway Monday as water levels in the Mississippi River began to slowly return to normal. The Corps opened 210 bays of the Spillway on Jan. 10 to divert water from the... more »
  • Mississippi River hits crest in Tunica and Helena

    January 10, 2016 5:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The National Weather Service says the Mississippi River was cresting Sunday at Tunica, Mississippi, and Helena, Arkansas. Crest is predicted to happen Tuesday in Arkansas City, Arkansas; Wednesday in Greenville, Mississippi; Friday in Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Saturday in Natchez, Mississippi. In Vicksburg and Natchez, low-lying areas have... more »
  • Bonnet Carre Spillway opened to ease Mississippi River levels Play Video

    January 10, 2016 2:41 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway after heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages. The Corps opened the spillway Sunday morning to divert river water into Lake Pontchartrain. The opening will help keep the volume of Mississippi... more »
  • Sandbags, Guard members head out to prepare for flooding

    January 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard mobilized dozens of members and began moving equipment around to flood-prone areas of the state as river levels continue to rise. Guard officials said 70 people have been mobilized so far, and more are expected to be activated in the coming days.... more »
  • Mississippi River reopens at St. Louis, with limits

    January 4, 2016 11:09 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Traffic is moving again on the Mississippi River at St. Louis, but with some restrictions. The Mississippi rose quickly last week after more than 10 inches of rain fell in Missouri and Illinois, creating major flooding. The result was swift-moving water deemed too dangerous for barges and... more »
  • Mississippi River reaches flood stage at Natchez

    January 4, 2016 10:35 AM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - The Mississippi River at Natchez has reached flood stage and is expected to continue to rise. Forecaster Anna Wolverton with the Jackson office of the National Weather Service said the river level reached 48 feet on the Natchez gauge at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, the... more »
  • Louisiana businesses brace themselves for high waters in Mississippi

    January 1, 2016 8:09 PM

    BATCHELOR - Many hunters are packing their bags and ending their hunting season a little early and as a result, some businesses are preparing to get hit once the flood waters come. Traci Ewing manages one of her family's gas stations along Highway 1 that gets plenty of business from... more »
  • High water warning issued for lower Mississippi River

    December 31, 2015 1:01 PM

    MEMPHIS - The Coast Guard issued a high water safety warning Thursday for the Lower Mississippi River after heavy rains and flooding further up the river system. Capt. Timothy Wendy, commander of that stretch of that river for the USCG, issued the warning due to rising water levels as... more »
  • 2 charged after report of baby tossed in river proves false

    December 25, 2015 5:52 PM

    HAVERHILL, Mass. - A mother and daughter have been charged with making up a story about seeing a man throwing a baby into a river on Christmas Eve, touching off a massive search. Forty-two-year-old Holly Fowler and 23-year-old Kristine Fowler live near the Merrimac River in Haverhill, about 35 miles... more »
  • FEMA money cleaning up Livingston Parish waterways Play Video

    December 2, 2015 5:56 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - Livingston Parish is putting nearly a million dollars from FEMA relief to work to clean several bodies of water across the parish. The money comes from disaster relief for Hurricane Isaac that happened three years ago. The parish got $931,000 to remove debris and trash like household appliances... more »
  • The Water Campus breaks ground on key tenant Play Video

    November 13, 2015 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State and local leaders officially broke ground on the next phase of construction for Baton Rouge's new Water Campus Friday morning. Governor Bobby Jindal was at the groundbreaking for the $20 million Water Institute of the Gulf Research and Conference Center. The building, called TWIG, will... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension waterways back open, but levels still high

    November 9, 2015 10:32 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Authorities in Livingston and Ascension parishes lifted their waterway restrictions Monday which had been put in place due to recent heavy rain. Brandi Janes, the deputy director of the Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said all the parish waterways were back available for... more »
  • Livingston Parish outlines plans for BP money Play Video

    October 27, 2015 5:53 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Leaders in Livingston Parish have a plan on how to spend more than a half million dollars from penalties for the BP oil spill. Around $400,000 will go to cleaning debris like fallen trees and large household appliances from waterways in the parish. In all, the money will... more »
  • La. governor candidates back plans to divert river water

    August 18, 2015 7:15 PM

    THIBODAUX, La. - The four candidates in the race to become the next Louisiana governor each said fixing Louisiana's dire coastal land loss will require moving ahead with multibillion-dollar plans - opposed by many fishermen - to divert Mississippi River water into disappearing estuaries. The three Republicans and lone... more »
  • EPA watchdog investigating toxic mine spill in Colorado

    August 17, 2015 3:57 PM

    WASHINGTON - The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of a massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water to at least three states. The inspector general's office said the investigation also... more »
  • Levee inspections continue despite falling river levels

    August 7, 2015 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While officials continue to monitor levees along the Mississippi, the Army Corps said Friday, it has deactivated its Phase II flood inspections. Water levels have dropped enough to warrant a downgrade, but monitoring will continue. Currently, the Corps said it maintains a Phase I observation level.... more »
  • Red River levels slowly dropping

    July 22, 2015 11:06 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Even as the Red River drops a foot a day and flood waters that raged in mid-June recede, people whose homes were ravaged by the deluge continue to clean up. One of those people is Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator, who told The Times he soon may have... more »
  • Flood waters cover parts of West Feleciana Parish Play Video

    July 21, 2015 7:45 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Flood waters covered a few low-lying roads and structures in West Feliciana Parish on Tuesday. No inhabited homes were in danger, but officials want residents to watch out for road flooding. Brian Spillman is the Parish's Emergency Preparedness director. He said flooding this late in the... more »
  • Atchafalaya Basin black bass creel limit to change

    June 19, 2015 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Beginning Saturday, black bass regulations on the Atchafalaya River Basin will be consistent with statewide regulations - no length limit with a 10 fish daily creel. Impacted waterbodies include the Atchafalaya River Basin, Lake Verret, Lake Palourde Complex and Lake Fausse Point/Lake Dauterive Complex. In June 2013, the... more »
  • Jindal traveling to flood-wary Bossier, Caddo Parishes

    June 4, 2015 10:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal is traveling to northwest Louisiana tomorrow to meet with officials in Caddo and Bossier Parishes about the quickly-rising Red River. Officials expect the river to crest at 35.5 feet this weekend in Shreveport. That is the highest level in 70 years. While... more »
  • Mississippi River diversion proponents use ad to state their case

    May 4, 2015 8:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state's coastal restoration plan. Andy Nyman, a wetland scientist at LSU, said scientists discussed the need to... more »
  • Caddo Parish deputies: Body recovered in river

    April 19, 2015 2:47 PM

    SHREVEPORT - The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Marine Unit has recovered a body of a man who authorities believe jumped from the Texas Street Bridge on Thursday. Sheriff Steve Prator says Deputy Casey Jones located the body around 9 a.m. Sunday, about one mile south of the Texas Street bridge, which... more »
  • Not a new bridge, but second ferry will connect sides of river Play Video

    April 13, 2015 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A second ferry is already docked in Plaquemine, ready to shuttle cars between there and Sunshine next Monday. It will bring an additional 120 cars across the river every hour during the evening rush. Drivers were handed flyers Monday afternoon as they boarded the vessel.... more »
  • Body found in river confirmed as Ronald Green Play Video

    March 20, 2015 2:49 PM

    GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said a body found in the Mississippi River has been confirmed as Ronald Green Sr., the man believed to have killed his wife and son before jumping off a bridge. Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Green's body was found... more »
  • Corps begins inspection of levees as Mississippi rises Play Video

    March 19, 2015 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Inspectors with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers walked the levees on Thursday, looking for cracks and erosion. It's routine work in preparation for rising waters in the Mississippi River. As runoff from melting snow up north makes it way down south, river levels rise. The... more »
  • Corps precaution at weirs built to keep Mississippi in place

    March 19, 2015 3:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is getting ready in case of high water at the complex built to keep the Mississippi River flowing past New Orleans. Spokesman Rene Poche says that Thursday, crews at the Old River Control Structure opened gates at the "Overbank Structure" - one... more »
  • Warning letters sent to homeowners in floodways Play Video

    March 6, 2015 6:14 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - People who live along the Atchafalaya river and floodways have to brace themselves once again. The Army Corps of Engineers sent out warning letters to residents to remind them that they are responsible for their properties in case of a flood. People who live in... more »
  • Plane with 53 passengers crashes in river

    February 4, 2015 2:04 AM

    TAIPEI, Taiwan - At least 19 people are dead and 24 are missing after a Taiwanese flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Taiwan's capital, Taipei, with 58 people aboard. Video shows the TransAsia Airways plane turning on its side in midair, clipping an elevated roadway and careening into a shallow... more »
  • After spill, pipeline company says new line will be safer

    January 23, 2015 11:06 AM

    BILLINGS, Mont. - A Wyoming company says it will replace a pipeline that broke and spilled oil into the Yellowstone River with a new line buried more deeply to protect against future accidents. The spill contaminated the water supply for 6,000 residents of Glendive, Montana. Officials said Friday that city... more »
  • Mississippi man cited for drowning deer

    December 17, 2014 6:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Mississippi man has been cited for allegedly drowning a deer in the Mississippi River in Concordia Parish. Sgt. Trey Mason, of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Enforcement Division, says 40-year-old David Hayes, of Natchez, Mississippi, was cited for not possessing non-resident basic hunting and... more »
  • Changes proposed at Morganza Play Video

    October 2, 2014 10:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A change of protocol is being considered by The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for how the Morganza floodway is operated. Thursday, the Corps presented a proposal to a group of people in Baton Rouge. The changes include operating at a different water level the next... more »
  • Former Marine paddles from Minnesota to Louisiana

    August 7, 2014 3:40 AM

    VENICE - A Marine has completed his trip in a canoe all the way down the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to Louisiana. Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz. He was injured by a roadside bomb and lost friends to combat and suicide. When the Winona, Minnesota,... more »
  • Body of missing canoer found in river south of downtown

    June 11, 2014 8:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The body of a missing canoer was found just shy of 14 miles from where he was believed to have set out for a paddle across the river last week. East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies said Wednesday evening, the body was identified as Kevin "Rooster" Guy.... more »
  • Coast Guard suspends search for MS River canoer

    June 10, 2014 11:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing canoer, who was possibly last seen canoeing across the Mississippi River. Kevin "rooster" Guy was last seen Friday night. He told friends as he left a concert in Baton Rouge, he was riding his bike to the river... more »
  • Search of river fails to find missing Port Allen canoer

    June 9, 2014 7:46 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The Coast Guard spent Monday searching the Mississippi River for a missing canoer. A helicopter flew above 180 miles of the river and a crew in a boat searched 22 miles on the water looking for "Rooster" Guy. Guy was last seen by a member of a... more »
  • Boaters cruise Amite River after opening Play Video

    June 7, 2014 4:57 PM

    PORT VINCENT - This weekend boaters soaked up the sun on the Amite River days after it was shut down due to high water from heavy rains last week. Jay Randall bought a boat for his family the day Ascension Parish shut down inland waterways. "I was thinking... more »
  • Waterways opening for the weekend raise concern for residents Play Video

    June 4, 2014 6:44 PM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Water ways in Ascension, Livingston and St. James will all be open by Thursday at noon. Blind River is open in St. James Parish. Parish officials in Livingston and Ascension Parishes said all water ways in their area will be deemed safe for recreational use by... more »
  • Section of Mississippi River reopens following oil spill

    February 24, 2014 2:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Coast Guard says it is conditionally reopening 40 miles of the Mississippi River from New Orleans upriver, but 25 miles remain closed after oil spilled into the river. Port spokesman Matt Gresham says each vessel's hull must be certified clean of oil before it can move along... more »
  • 2013 was least deadly on waterways

    February 13, 2014 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fewer people died while boating in Louisiana during 2013 than in any year since 1974 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said in a news release Thursday. Thirteen people died last year. Previously, the record for the least amount of deaths on the water was in... more »
  • Thousands find alternate way across Mississippi River Play Video

    January 24, 2014 9:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The icy conditions closed many roads and bridges Friday. Drivers waited in line for hours cross the 190 bridge after the Mississippi River bridge closed completely. The only sure way to get across the river is the Plaquemine Ferry. Even then, it's a long wait. ... more »
  • State working to restore False River fishing Play Video

    January 22, 2014 5:57 PM

    NEW ROADS - A council created by the state legislature is working to restore fishing in False River. Today the False River Watershed Council (FRWC) held an open house in New Roads to discuss progress to create fish habitats and plans to reduce silt in the oxbow lake. ... more »
  • Boat crash kills man in Livingston Parish

    December 6, 2013 11:27 AM

    SPRINGFIELD - The cause of a boating crash that killed a man in Livingston Parish is under investigation. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents are looking into the Dec. 5 single vessel crash that killed 68-year-old Emil Durbin of Springfield. LDWF agents were called in about the... more »
  • Third gator record in a week set at 741.5 pounds

    September 9, 2013 9:07 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- Mississippi's record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco... more »
  • Oil Spill on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • Chief of police says he was grazed by bullet

    August 31, 2013 5:09 PM

    BELLE RIVER- The Sorrento police chief is recovering after he was grazed by bullet in Assumption Parish Thursday. Details of the incident were released Saturday. Chief Earl Theriot told WBRZ News 2, he heard what sounded like a gun shot and felt his neck burn. His injuries are described... more »
  • Paddleboarding takes over Mississippi River Play Video

    August 31, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 13 mile section of the Mississippi River was shut down this morning as the growing sport of paddleboarding took over the river. "At first everyone was scared to death. They were lying if they weren't scared to death," said paddleboarder Mark Salvetti. Nearly 70... more »
  • Drivers see proposed new bridge over Amite River

    August 20, 2013 10:38 PM

    CENTRAL- People took a look at a proposed new route across the Amite River Tuesday night. Engineers revealed plans for a new bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Hooper Road and Greenwell Springs Road in East Baton Rouge. Once it crosses the river into Livingston, the highway would... more »
  • Hopes are high for a Delta Queen return

    July 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a hope along the Mississippi River that the sound of the Delta Queen's three octave calliope will pierce the air along the river. Legislation has moved out of the U.S. House of Transportation Committee allowing the vessel to resume river cruises. The Delta Queen, built in... more »
  • Sunken tugboat pulled from river bottom

    July 10, 2013 6:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - An arduous, five-day effort to locate a tugboat and bring it to the surface after it sank in the Mississippi River, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce for days, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the sunken 47-foot-long towing vessel from the river and... more »
  • Miss. closes in SE La. for salvage of sunken tug

    July 9, 2013 11:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says it has closed a section of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans so a tugboat that sank over the weekend can be salvaged. Spokesman Jonathan Lally says the river was closed around 6 a.m. Tuesday from mile marker 7.3 to mile marker... more »
  • Witnesses talk about search for missing tubers on river Play Video

    July 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    HOLDEN - Three people missing overnight after tubing on the Tickfaw River were found early Friday morning. Two men, 27 and 21, and one woman, 18, were found around 7 a.m. after spending the night on a sandbar close to the Courtney Bridge area. They were separated from... more »
  • Ski boat hits tree; girl, 6, in critical condition

    June 10, 2013 1:40 PM

    KILLIAN - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 6-year-old girl is in critical condition with head injuries after a ski boat crashed into a tree on the Natalbany River bank. Enforcement Division spokesman Adam Einck says the girl was among five people in the 22-foot ski boat,... more »
  • Body found in river is abducted Iowa teen's

    June 9, 2013 4:17 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa authorities have identified a body found in a river as that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted with another girl after getting off a school bus last month. Officials said Sunday that an autopsy confirms the body found Friday night in the Des Moines... more »
  • River drowning triggers local response Play Video

    May 28, 2013 5:53 PM

    WATSON - A day after Jacques Demare, 21, drowned while tubing down the Amite River, residents in the area are asking for more eyes on the water to keep the river cleaner and safer. Aaron Ott has lived on the edge of the water for nearly a decade. ... more »
  • Bridge fails, falls into river with vehicles and people

    May 23, 2013 10:11 PM

    NEAR SEATTLE, Wash.- Cars and people are reportedly in the water after a bridge over a river collapsed Thursday evening. An unknown number of people were injured when the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Skagit River apparently failed. Authorities said the bridge fell sometime before 7 p.m. (Washington... more »
  • Flipped car causes backup on Miss. River Bridge

    May 22, 2013 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A wreck involving a flipped vehicle caused traffic to back up this morning on the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge. The Department of Transportation and Development reported the wreck on I-10 East flipped a car and forced authorities to close some lanes in both directions.... more »
  • Man playing hide-and-seek with authorities on river

    May 14, 2013 8:57 PM

    BRUSLY- A man, possibly naked, is apparently playing a bizarre game of hide-and-seek with authorities on the Mississippi River. Sources tell WBRZ News 2, the U.S. Coast Guard was called after deputies in East Baton Rouge asked for help locating a missing boater earlier Tuesday. Deputies were trying to... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Miss. River still closed after barges hit bridge

    April 22, 2013 9:10 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss.- The Mississippi River remains closed at Vicksburg as authorities work to determine whether a sunken barge was a navigation hazard. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says an assessment is underway but it is uncertain when the river will reopen to ship traffic. Gomez says 233 barges are waiting... more »
  • I-10 West back open after wreck closed Miss. River bridge

    April 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities reopened I-10 West this evening after a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge closed it for more than an hour. The Department of Transportation and Development said several vehicles were involved, including multiple tractor trailers. Traffic was diverted north at the I-10 and I-110... more »
  • Bills call for dredging Miss. River to Baton Rouge

    March 14, 2013 4:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond want the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Mississippi River deep enough so it can handle the huge cargo ships expected to use the Panama Canal once its expansion is completed next year. The Louisiana Democrats submitted... more »
  • Deputies: "Person of Interest" in homicide in custody

    March 8, 2013 7:58 PM

    WALKER- Sheriff's deputies arrested a person they describe as the primary person of interest in a homicide investigation Friday night. Joshua M. Mitchell was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to register as a sex offender. Deputies in Livingston Parish believe he is connected to the disappearance and... more »
  • Family: Son murdered, dumped near Blind River Play Video

    March 8, 2013 4:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Investigators are waiting on autopsy results that could explain just what happened to a Walker man who was found dead this week. Brandon Parnell's body was found by a fisherman Thursday in a creek along Airline Highway near Blind River in St. James Parish. His family told... more »
  • Army Corps reports on 2011 Mississippi River flood

    February 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the near-historic Mississippi River flood of 2011 caused $2.8 billion in damage and tested the system of levees, reservoirs and floodways like no other flood before it. A report released today said the Mississippi River and Tributaries system worked as... more »
  • Crews working to contain oil after tugs collide on river

    February 14, 2013 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard and other emergency responders are on the Mississippi River, working to contain an oil spill after some tugboats collided. An official with the USCG told WBRZ News 2, a tug and barge was docked, off loading an oil product when another tug and barge... more »
  • Victim identified in Pearl River explosion

    February 11, 2013 3:24 PM

    PEARL RIVER- The victim of an explosion Sunday evening near Pearl River has been identified. Authorities in St. Tammany Parish say 19 year-old Thomas James Rinkus Jr. was killed when a homemade explosive device detonated unexpectedly. They say Rinkus and a 17 year-old, who was injured, were at... more »
  • Search for missing firefighter to continue Friday Play Video

    January 31, 2013 10:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A day of searching on the Belle River ended without good news for the family of a missing Baton Rouge firefighter. Teams from five different agencies used divers and SONAR-equipped boats in their search for Jacob Lewis, 28, who went into the river last night while... more »
  • Oil cleanup resuming at leaking Miss. River barge

    January 31, 2013 2:49 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - Vessels are moving cautiously through a section of the Mississippi River where a barge is leaking oil as the Coast Guard tries to ease the economic impact of shutting down one of the nation's vital commerce routes. Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski says officials are allowing northbound... more »
  • Coast Guard: Barge leaked 7,000 gallons of oil

    January 30, 2013 7:03 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - With more than 50 vessels idling on the water for a fourth day, authorities say they still don't know when they will be able to reopen a stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill near Vicksburg. Coast Guard Petty Officer... more »
  • Miss. River remains closed after barge accident

    January 29, 2013 6:14 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss. - The Coast Guard says nearly four dozen vessels are stacked up on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, awaiting clearance as crews work around the clock to clean up an oil spill. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally told The Associated Press early Tuesday workers are skimming oily water... more »
  • Barge hits Miss. River bridge: Oil cleanup ongoing

    January 28, 2013 8:49 AM

    JACKSON, Miss.- The Coast Guard says a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River remains closed to barge and ship traffic as cleanup crews with booms work to remove an oily sheen near Vicksburg after a barge with 80,000 gallons of oil hit a railroad bridge last weekend. Coast Guard... more »
  • 2 rescued after small plane crash on Hudson River

    January 28, 2013 2:40 AM

    YONKERS, N.Y. - Two people have been rescued after their single-engine plane crashed and sank into the icy Hudson River off Yonkers. Authorities say the plane was carrying a man and a woman on a sightseeing trip, and crashed about 5:20 p.m. Sunday. The two were wearing life vests and... more »
  • Tug boat sinks in Mississippi River Play Video

    January 18, 2013 11:54 AM

    LAPLACE - The Coast Guard says a tug boat carrying 4,000 gallons of diesel and 100 gallons of lube oil sank in the Mississippi River near LaPlace. Petty Officer Alex Washington tells The Times-Picayune no one was on the vessel at the time and no injuries were reported. Washington... more »
  • Bridge repairs going on after flooding

    January 14, 2013 12:45 PM

    HOLDEN - Public works crews started repairs to bridges damaged by high water in Livingston Parish. Crews went out this morning to the Frank Ballard Road Bridge, one of several in the Holden area which were damaged. Parish DPW crews said the bridge floated about four feet off its... 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 »
  • Mayor Holden signs disaster declaration for EBR

    January 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden officially declared a local disaster for East Baton Rouge Parish after two days of rainfall and localized flooding. The declaration activates parish emergency response plans and other activities. Holden's office noted that while the rain has stopped, the Amite and Comite rivers... 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 »
  • Wreck closes I-10 Miss. River bridge

    January 6, 2013 11:16 AM

    UPDATE: All westbound lanes crossing the river are open. Eastbound lanes will be intermittingly closed to remove vehicles involved in crash. BATON ROUGE - A crash this morning closed all lanes of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge into East Baton Rouge Parish. The multi-vehicle crash involves an 18-wheeler... more »

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