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  • Sewer water floods elderly residents' apartments Play Video

    July 11, 2014 10:33 PM

    LIVINGSTON- A group of elderly residents in Livingston Parish are living in filth since sewer water continues to flood their apartments due to improperly installed sewer lines and faulty pumps. The latest flood at the Red Oak Apartment complex was blamed on rain and power outages. Residents say they... more »
  • Sewer system comes with cost Play Video

    June 24, 2014 6:13 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction. The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean. "The... more »
  • Baker council closes tap on water, sewer rate increases

    June 10, 2014 8:49 PM

    BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening. The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
  • Residents frustrated over proposed rate increase Play Video

    June 3, 2014 9:52 PM

    BAKER - A crowed wasn't shy about sharing their thoughts on proposed utility rate hikes Tuesday night. Hikes to water and sewer services would help balance the city's budget. It is set to have an $800,000 hole. The city council is split on raising the rates, although some leaders... more »
  • Utility rates may rise in Donaldsonville

    March 26, 2014 6:01 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Utility rates in Donaldsonville may rise in the wake of a budget shortfall in the city's sewer department. City Finance Director Sandra Williams says the city's sewer department shows a deficit of $337,000 for the fiscal year through February, caused mostly by transfers from the department to the... more »
  • Sewer problems create smelly situation Play Video

    January 9, 2014 6:11 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - An Ascension Parish woman has been dealing with a stinky situation in her front yard. Mary Fernandez said raw sewage has poured from her sewer lines into her yard for at least two weeks now. "It's disgusting, I'm sick, I used to have friends over here,... more »
  • Utility company asking to double rates Play Video

    November 26, 2013 6:05 PM

    CENTRAL - Residents in five parishes could be facing a rate increase to cover their sewer fee. Mo-Dad Utilities wants the Public Service Commission to approve a rate increase to cover maintenance and repair costs. Many Mo-Dad customers currently pay between $22 and $25 for services. The company is... more »
  • $1.3 billion sewer project to cause traffic snags

    November 11, 2013 8:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive will have partial lane closures for the next two weeks so crews can repair the road after sewer lines were installed over the summer. The lanes will be fully opened each day during peak hours, 6:30am to 9:30am and 3:30pm to 6:30pm, to allow sufficient... more »
  • Calcasieu scales back sewer proposal

    October 6, 2013 11:01 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury will go ahead with a smaller, $110 million plan to expand sewer infrastructure in unincorporated areas and pay for it with revenue from a proposed sales tax, gambling funds and state grants. The American Press reports the plan was scaled back from... more »
  • Ascension may borrow to build sewer system

    September 22, 2013 11:31 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
  • $1.5 billion BR sewer project isn't aligning in spots Play Video

    August 28, 2013 10:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The $1.5 billion sewer project in Baton Rouge is on schedule to a January 2015 completion, despite hitting a few snags. Some contractors on the job have to replace large piping after the pipes didn't align properly. "Basically he was coming from both ends, when he... more »
  • Zachary to borrow $5 million more for sewer work

    August 28, 2013 7:41 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has started the process of borrowing up to $5 million for continuing work on the municipal sewer system. According to the resolution adopted by the council Tuesday, the city would pay back the bonds over 22 years and borrow the money at an... more »
  • Stanford road work could be complete next week Play Video

    August 16, 2013 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Relief is on the way for drivers who use Stanford Avenue in Baton Rouge. Construction could wrap up by the middle of next week. Stanford Avenue from S. Lakeshore Drive to Perkins Road is under construction as the city works to smooth out the rough and... more »
  • Ascension probes sewer contract

    August 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    SORRENTO, La. - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating how an unfinished sewer repair project was awarded under a nearly two-year-old emergency order and partially paid for in advance in July 2012. Mayor Mike Lambert and town attorney Matthew Percy tell The Advocate that the Sheriff's Office is probing... more »
  • Busy Baton Rouge road closing again tonight

    July 25, 2013 10:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Traffic officials plan to close a portion of busy Lee Drive again tonight for sewer work. The closure stretches from Blue Bell Drive to Bennett Drive starting at 7 p.m. tonight. It's expected to reopen Monday at 7 p.m. Drivers are asked to detour along... more »
  • News 2 Investigates: Sewer mistreatment Play Video

    July 8, 2013 5:21 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Hundreds of wastewater treatment facilities in Louisiana do not meet the environmental standards imposed by state agencies. People who live near them are proactive about calling state agencies to fix the problems, but say state agencies aren't doing enough to combat the problem. "We have the... more »
  • Big headache this week: Lee Drive lane closures Play Video

    July 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Lee Drive, a busy corridor connecting south Baton Rouge with the shopping centers on College and eventually I-10 and Mid City, will have lane closures starting today. There will be intermittent lane closures from Boone Avenue to Bluebell Drive from Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. through... more »
  • West Feliciana sewer system nears completion

    April 19, 2013 10:08 AM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - A $3.8 million project to provide sewer service to a rural area of West Feliciana Parish is nearing completion after a struggle of more than 10 years. Contractors and parish employees tested the sewage treatment portion of the project on Thursday. The new system will serve... more »
  • Owner: It's the end of Brandywine Play Video

    March 5, 2013 4:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After months of failing to pay for sewer service at Brandywine Apartments, Dr. Stephen Ayers forked over $10,000 as part of an agreement that will keep the water on at the complex for one more month. That month is to allow tenants and owners in the complex... more »
  • Brandywine without water Play Video

    March 4, 2013 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Water is shut off at Brandywine Apartments, after the owner failed to pay more than $109,000 in back payments for sewage services. Dr. Stephen Ayers was given a month to pay in full and residents were given a months notice before the shut off. "I worked... more »
  • Buyout deal reached

    January 23, 2013 11:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a buyout plan for a neighborhood on the northern end of the city near a wastewater treatment plant. People who live in University Heights have been asking for a buyout for years. They complain the treatment plant stinks and has ruined their quality of... more »
  • Buyout deferred, no decision by Metro Council

    January 9, 2013 9:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another delay in the decision about buying out a group of homes near a wastewater treatment plant off Scenic Highway. The Baton Rouge Metro Council deferred the $6 million buyout Wednesday night. People who live near the plant have said it stinks and is ruining their... more »
  • Metro Council to talk about neighborhood buyout again

    January 8, 2013 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders will discuss a possible buyout for people who live near a wastewater plant in the northern part of Baton Rouge Wednesday. People in University Heights, a neighborhood near Scenic Highway, have said the plant stinks and has ruined their quality of life. The Baton... more »
  • Baton Rouge sewer rates to increase in 2013

    December 31, 2012 8:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Along with the new year, East Baton Rouge Parish residents and businesses will see higher sewer fees in 2013. Since Jan. 1, 2004, Mark LeBlanc, an assistant director for the city-parish Department of Public Works, says sewer fees have gone up 4 percent each year. ... more »
  • Police work to ID body parts found in Mich. sewer

    August 16, 2012 12:44 PM

    STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Authorities investigating the discovery of more than a dozen chunks of human flesh and body parts in a suburban Detroit sewer have released photos of tattoos featured on some of them. Sterling Heights police Lt. Luke Riley says the Macomb County medical examiner's office has been... more »
  • Heavy rains test sewer upgrades in BR

    June 7, 2012 10:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The recent forecast has been testing work on the sewer system in East Baton Rouge Parish. Continuous rain has always gotten into the sewage system underground, clogging up pipes and sending sewage back up. But city leaders say their work is improving that situation slowly but surely.... more »
  • River Rd. in downtown BR back open

    May 11, 2012 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Public Works reopened River Road in downtown Baton Rouge after several it was completely closed earlier this week. Workers closed the road Monday between North Blvd. and Florida Street to complete sewage and overflow work in the area. Other work on the... more »
  • Ring in Sewer

    April 12, 2012 7:58 PM

    A woman in Boise, Idaho says she now believes in miracles. Sewer workers found her $6,000 diamond ring she accidentally flushed down a toilet 18-months ago. Mechelle Rieger claimed the seven-carat diamond ring on Thursday after she brought a photo and the appraisal from the jeweler that made it. She... more »
  • Costly sewer problem for Thibodaux

    January 19, 2012 6:47 AM

    THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - A south Louisiana city faces some costly and complicated choices as it looks at ways to fix a sewer problem that officials say threatens future commercial development. A sewer pumping station in north Thibodaux, which moves sewerage to a treatment plant on the city's south side,... more »
  • DPW finds raw sewage seeping into storm drains

    July 18, 2011 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - On South Amite Drive north of Florida Boulevard near the parish line, neighbors are dealing with a stinky situation. The sewer line has two leaks sending raw sewage into the storm drains. The smell stings the nostrils, and Claretha Kinchen is fed up. She called... more »
  • Ascension sewer upgrade on the way

    July 4, 2011 2:35 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish will use more than $5 million in federal hurricane recovery money to upgrade rural sewer services. State officials said the money is part of a $19.37 million in grants the parish received in 2009 for recovery from hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008. Ascension Parish will... more »
  • DOTD to bid out Highway 73 widening

    June 28, 2011 5:59 PM

    ASCENSION - After a two-year delay, the Department of Transportation and Development will pick a company to widen Highway 73 from two to three lanes between Interstate 10 and Airline Highway. The total cost of the project is $15-million to $20-million of state money. The project hit a snag... more »
  • Steps taken to prevent flooding in downtown BR

    May 12, 2011 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flooding concerns caused officials in Baton Rouge to shut off some traffic lights and take other measures downtown until the water recedes. Traffic signals on River Road at Hollywood Casino, the State Capitol and River Park were turned off today and will function at four-way stops.... more »
  • Sewer repair to affect Stanford Avenue

    March 4, 2011 2:30 PM

    Baton Rouge - Drivers who use Stanford Avenue need to plan an alternate route Monday morning. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Public Works Traffic Engineering Division will be closing Stanford Avenue at East Lakeshore Drive for sewer repair. Work will continue until Saturday, March 13, 2011. ... more »
  • Baton Rouge sewer fees to go up Jan. 1

    December 20, 2010 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The cost of washing a load of clothes, running a dishwasher and flushing a toilet will go up by 4 percent in East Baton Rouge Parish on Jan. 1. The fee increase is necessary to pay for $1.3 billion in federally mandated sewer improvements. An average household... more »
  • Businesses not balking at new sewer system

    December 2, 2010 6:07 PM

    GONZALES- Several businesses in Ascension Parish are backing a planned sewer system that could be installed on the East bank of the parish. The Ascension council is voting on a plan tonight. The vote comes after the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality warned the parish of their water quality... more »
  • Ascension sewer changes could affect residents

    December 2, 2010 10:18 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council will consider a sewage proposal plan tonight that could affect several residents in the area. The council has yet to decide which of two new sewer plans could be implemented. At least one plan calls for hefty connection fees and monthly upkeep that residents... more »
  • Some Ascension citizens face sewer rate hikes

    July 12, 2010 8:45 AM

    Two interrelated sewer companies that serve subdivisions in Ascension Parish are seeking rate increases that would as much as double monthly residential bills. Ascension Wastewater Treatment Utilities Inc. and Wastewater Treatment Utilities Inc. each want to raise monthly sewer rates to a $41 flat fee for residential and commercial users.... more »
  • Baker may increase utility rates

    June 21, 2010 6:57 AM

    Residents in the city of Baker could see their rates for natural gas, water and sewer service go up in order to offset rising expenses for operating the city's utility system. The council is expected to introduce an ordinance Tuesday, and a final vote could come at the council's July... more »
  • Bossier City proposes raising sewer rates

    June 9, 2010 7:14 AM

    Bossier City Council plans to raise city sewer rates by $8 per month, regardless of usage, and issue up to $82 million in sewer-related bonds. The fee would be $12 per month for a few subdivisions outside the city limits but to whom the city still supplies sewer. The city... more »
  • Zachary wants to break away from parish sewer infrastructure

    February 23, 2010 4:23 PM

    The City of Zachary wants to break away from East Baton Rouge Parish's sewer infrastructure. Councilman Randall Bouley believes the city is paying for sewer fees that aren't addressing the immediate needs in the city. "The pipes that the city of Zachary own will not be fixed by money... more »
  • Residents seek help with Sorrento sewer problems

    January 28, 2010 5:01 PM

    Residents in Sorrento say the town's sewage problems are only getting worse. They claim manholes overflowed with sewage over a week ago, and it seeped into their homes. Many have been dealing with the problems for months. "They claim they are going to do something, but then every... more »
  • Sorrento council meeting ends peacefully

    November 6, 2009 10:30 PM

    The Sorrento Town Council held a special meeting Friday night to discuss the town's ongoing sewer problems and behavior issues during council meetings. On Tuesday, a meeting was shut down early because of shouting between council members and people in the audience. Police Chief Earl Theriot said there was... more »

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