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  • Parts of Bluebonnet Blvd to be closed on Jan. 14

    January 12, 2017 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Parts of Bluebonnet Boulevard will be closed on Saturday due to water line repairs. According to the Department of Transportation and Development, Bluebonnet will be closed in the northbound direction at World Ministry Avenue. The closure will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan.... more »
  • Next drawdown for False River undetermined Play Video

    January 11, 2017 11:50 PM

    NEW ROADS- Sunday the gates will close on the south end of False River concluding a several month drainage project aimed at revitalizing the oxbow lake. It's the second "drawdown" in several years, officials say it's necessary while residents argue it's destroying their property. "'I'm 100% in favor for... more »
  • Lead found in 20-plus percent of St Joseph homes

    January 2, 2017 10:15 AM

    ST. JOSEPH - State health officials say nearly 22 percent of the homes in a small northeast Louisiana town have unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an emergency order Dec. 16 when two routine samples showed similar conditions and two more showed high... more »
  • Statewide fee hike for drinking water begins January Play Video

    December 29, 2016 6:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Next year water systems across the state will increase fees by about seventy-five cents per month to pay for increased state inspections. Customers will pick up the tab but Louisiana health inspectors say it's badly needed since funding was slashed back in 2012. "What we witnessed was... more »
  • Blackwater Road reopened following chlorine leak

    December 22, 2016 4:14 PM

    CHENEYVILLE – Louisiana State Police Hazmat investigators were on the scene of a chlorine leak at a parish water company facility on Thursday afternoon. The facility is located on Blackwater Road, which closed following the lead. The road reopened after 10 p.m. Baton Rouge Fire Department Hazmat and Louisiana... more »
  • Michigan governor doesn't expect to be charged over Flint water

    December 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    LANSING - Gov. Rick Snyder says he has "no reason to be concerned" about being charged in the Flint water investigation. Snyder's comments to the Detroit Free Press occurred as the bill for his legal fees reached $4.9 million - all paid by taxpayers. The governor says much of the... more »
  • Michigan AG: More charges filed in Flint water probe

    December 20, 2016 10:13 AM

    FLINT - More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers. Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday charged former emergency managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose with multiple 20-year felonies for their... more »
  • Woman charged with killing elderly father with boiling water

    December 8, 2016 10:11 AM

    JACKSON - Police say a Mississippi woman has been charged with murder after pouring boiling water over her paralyzed elderly father, who died several days later. Jackson Police Department Commander Tyree Jones said in a news release that 55-year-old Diane Coleman dumped the water on 81-year-old Earl Coleman on Sept.... more »
  • Pluto's frozen heart may hide slushy underground ocean

    November 16, 2016 2:49 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL - Evidence is mounting for an ocean of slushy water at Pluto, buried beneath its frozen heart. Scientists said Wednesday that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon. They say an underground sea is the most... more »
  • Funding needed to improve Welsh's water supply

    November 6, 2016 11:33 AM

    WELSH - Welsh officials plan to seek funding from the state Department of Health and Hospitals to help offset the cost of improving the town's water supply. The American Press reports the town council this week agreed to begin seeking $900,000 through a loan program with the DHH to replace... more »
  • Flooded homeowners: Free well water testing kits for science

    October 26, 2016 11:08 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Virginia Tech and LSU Health New Orleans researchers are offering free well water tests to Louisiana homeowners affected by the August floods. They're studying how the floods affected private wells and whether the wells were effectively disinfected. Virginia Tech researcher Kelsey Pieper says well-owners will be mailed... more »
  • Man saves woman, young child from submerged truck

    October 23, 2016 5:07 PM

    HAMMOND - A Ponchatoula man says he got lucky when he jumped into the water to rescue a woman and her child and that he'd do it again. The Hammond Daily Star reports Sunday that Josh Burns was traveling with his wife on I-55 Friday when they noticed a crash.... more »
  • Walker water main fixed; boil order lifted

    October 19, 2016 6:41 PM

    WALKER – A city-wide boil order has been lifted in Walker following a water main break that caused flooding in Walker streets on Wednesday. The water main has been repaired and water has been turned on and deemed safe to use and consume. Walker officials say busted water line... more »
  • Dirty water in small Livingston Parish system Play Video

    October 15, 2016 12:41 AM

    ALBANY- Four-hundred families who use a small water system in Livingston Parish dealt with brown drinking water this week. One of those customers Lacie Dorris said it's not uncommon to have dirty water or to be notified there's a problem. "We spend more money a month on filtration and... more »
  • Boil water advisory lifted for residents on Hwy. 405 to Iberville/Ascension parish line

    September 26, 2016 4:37 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH – Iberville Parish Water District No. 3 has lifted the boil water advisory for residents on Highway 405 from Texas Road south to the Iberville/Ascension parish line. The boil water advisory was issued on Monday due to a broken water line. According to the water district, the... more »
  • OMV requiring disclosure of water damaged vehicles Play Video

    September 20, 2016 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicle Commission is now requiring another document when drivers buy or sell their car, particularly if it is flood damaged. With the thousands of cars that were totaled by flood water during last month's flood, many cars have to be replaced. However,... more »
  • Boil water advisory lifted for Robins Road in East Feliciana Parish

    September 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – A boil water advisory that was issued for residents of Robins Road in East Feliciana parish has been lifted. The advisory was issued because the water produced by Water District #7 was of questionable microbiological quality. The advisory was rescinded upon notification from the Louisiana... more »
  • Bluff Road fully reopens to traffic Tuesday

    September 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Bluff Road in Ascension Parish fully reopened in both directions Tuesday. For the first time since the August flood, Bluff Road/ La 928 will be able to support traffic in both directions. Water covered the entire highway and since September 8 , two-way traffic had to share... more »
  • Coast Guard: 6K gallons of oily water recovered from Bay Long oil spill

    September 12, 2016 1:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Coast Guard says more than 6,000 gallons of oily water have been recovered at the site of a spill near Louisiana's Bay Long. The Coast Guard said in a statement Sunday that workers were repairing the damaged section of a pipeline that discharged an estimated 5,300... more »
  • Boil water advisory for Dan Delee Road in East Feliciana

    September 5, 2016 11:38 AM

    EAST FELICIANA – A boil water advisory has been issued for Dan Delee Road in East Feliciana Parish. Water District #7 has experienced problems with their water supply system resulting in the water being of questionable microbiological quality. As a precaution, the water district is issuing a boil advisory... more »
  • Crews begin cutting road to relieve flooding Play Video

    August 22, 2016 5:26 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Crews cut a 40-foot section of Alligator Bayou Road Tuesday, in an effort to relieve rising water in the Spanish Lake Basin area. Earlier this week, pumps were set up and working at the Ascension and Iberville Parish line to try and drain the basin to give residents... more »
  • Livingston Parish consolidates to single POD site in Walker

    August 21, 2016 6:35 PM

    WALKER – Emergency officials in Livingston Parish said Sunday that the National Guard will consolidate food and water distribution to a single site in Walker starting Monday. Starting Monday, Aug. 22, Livingston Parish will have a single “point of distribution” at Sydney Hutchinson Park on Ball Park Road in... more »
  • Boil water advisory lifted in several subdivisions in Livingston Parish

    August 19, 2016 7:42 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH – Several subdivisions in Livingston Parish that were under a boil water advisory has been lifted. The following subdivisions under the Diversion Water Company are no longer under the advisory: - Waterfront - Riverhighlands - Bayou terrace - Hilltop - Cline - Diversion Canal Road - Amite... more »
  • Water, food distributed at three locations in Livingston Parish Friday

    August 18, 2016 10:27 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Water and food will be distributed at three locations in Livingston Parish beginning Friday morning. "POD" - Points of Distribution - will be in Denham Springs, Walker and Albany. A "POD" is where the public can go to pick up food and water following a disaster.... more »
  • Anheuser-Busch delivers 250K cans of water to BR area

    August 16, 2016 9:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Anheuser-Busch is delivering more than 250,000 cans of clean drinking water to flood victims in Louisiana. The donation is the company's largest since Superstorm Sandy and brings its total water donations this year to more than 1 million cans. Anheuser-Busch company has been brewing beers for... more »
  • Distribution sites for MREs and water open Wednesday

    August 16, 2016 8:25 PM

    LIVINGSTON – Sites are now set up for distributing MRE's and water to residents that have been impacted by the recent flooding. The sites have been set up by Livingston Parish Office of Homeland Security, the Louisiana Army and Air National Guard and the American Red Cross. The distribution... more »
  • Sorrento mom: 'I have nowhere to go.' Play Video

    August 16, 2016 2:09 PM

    SORRENTO – A Sorrento mother was brought to tears Tuesday after returning to her home to find it flooded with water. The single mother of two girls told WBRZ’s Earl Phelps that she evacuated Monday night to Pierre Part after battling rising waters Monday afternoon. She said the... more »
  • Boil water advisory issued for St. Helena Parish

    August 12, 2016 4:44 PM

    ST. HELENA – A boil water advisory has been issued for parts of St. Helena Parish. According to parish officials, customers who are serviced by the Highway 38 well site are under a boil water advisory until further notice. It is recommended that residents boil their water for one minute... more »
  • Boil water advisory issued for roads in Clinton

    August 10, 2016 1:56 PM

    CLINTON – A boil water advisory has been issued for two roads in Clinton. Water District #7 has issued to advisory for Shropshire Road and Union Chapel Road. The water produced by the system is of questionable microbiological quality, according to the water district. The boil advisory is... more »
  • Green, not gold, color of the day at Olympic diving pool

    August 9, 2016 6:54 PM

    RIO - Green, not gold, was the color of the day at the Olympic diving venue. China won its third consecutive gold medal on Tuesday, but the buzz was about the color of the water in the diving pool — a murky green. That was in stark contrast... more »
  • Maringouin residents shocked by abrupt utility bill increase Play Video

    July 31, 2016 11:48 PM

    MARINGOUIN - Sam Watson and his neighbors in Maringouin are talking about the shock they got when they opened this month's utility bill. "Our bills have increased more than at 100 percent," Watson said. "I think all the citizens' bills have increased to that magnitude." Tyese Givens says... more »
  • NOAA: mass die-off at marine sanctuary off Louisiana, Texas

    July 30, 2016 5:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Federal scientists say a massive die-off is taking place on a coral reef of a national marine sanctuary in the Gulf of Mexico. Steve Gittings, chief scientist with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, reported this week that federal scientists reported a large-scale mortality event of unknown... more »
  • Boil water advisory issued for part of East Feliciana Parish

    June 20, 2016 6:02 PM

    CLINTON – A boil water advisory has been issued for a part of East Feliciana Parish as of Monday afternoon. The boil water advisory is in effect for residents on Shropshire Road. The advisory is in effect due to the water produced in the water supply system being of questionable... more »
  • Fishermen worry about plan for wind farm off New York coast

    June 18, 2016 3:38 PM

    MINEOLA, N.Y. - A long-stalled plan to build a power-generating wind farm off the coast of New York is gathering momentum. And that's sparking concern among commercial fishermen, who fear the turbines will ruin an area rich with scallops and other sea life. Federal officials announced this month that they... more »
  • 5 gators caught, 1 likely killer of toddler dragged into Disney resort lagoon

    June 14, 2016 11:21 PM

    ORLANDO, Fla. - A medical examiner now has custody of the body of Lane Graves, the 2-year-old killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World, and an autopsy will be performed. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said "it was a tough message to deliver" to Matt and Melissa Graves,... more »
  • Boil water advisory in effect for parts of Ascension Parish

    June 11, 2016 10:52 PM

    LEMANNVILLE – Officials in Ascension Parish issued a boil water advisory Saturday for parts of the Lemanville area. According to the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security, the boil water advisory is in effect for Ascension Consolidated Utilities District #1 water customers living in the Lemanville area along Highway... more »
  • Cars stall in flood-prone areas following Tuesday evening thunderstorm

    June 1, 2016 12:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A pop-up thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon left standing water in some flood-prone areas of Baton Rouge. Tuesday evening thunderstorm leaves oft-flooded streets flooded, cars stall out @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/QgEUYjBqmf — Hunter Robinson (@hunterWBRZ) June 1, 2016 WBRZ cameras captured several cars stalled out on... more »
  • Officials caution safety for boaters during Memorial Day weekend Play Video

    May 27, 2016 7:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Coast Guard along with Wild Life and Fisheries officials are have warned boaters of the dangers of boating under the influence as Memorial Day weekend begins. In every state, it is illegal to operate a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Coast... more »
  • Notification system coming to Ponchatoula

    May 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula residents will soon be able to receive notifications by phone or text when city issues arise such as brown water. The Daily Star reports the city council has unanimously agreed to contract with the Everbridge company for a year to provide a citywide notification service. Residents requested... more »
  • Brown water in North BR blamed on firefighter training, nothing to worry about

    April 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Water Company blamed complaints of brown water in part of North Baton Rouge on a fire department training program that involves opening and closing fire hydrants quickly. Hayes Owen told News 2 that stirs up "natural minerals" in the line, like manganese, which... more »
  • Parts of Donaldsonville under boil order

    April 10, 2016 8:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – People’s Water Company issued a boil order for parts of Donaldsonville Sunday night. Residents living in the Abend area, the St. Jude subdivision and near the Sunshine Bridge are under a boil order. According to People’s Water Company, water will be turned off completely for a... more »
  • State demands answers from water company over unhealthy amount of chemicals Play Video

    March 29, 2016 5:21 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- State health leaders had strong words today for People's Water in Donaldsonville. "We don't have a trust at this point," Dr. Jimmy Guidry said. "In order to build that trust they have to do their job, and we have to check and make sure they're doing their job." The... more »
  • LWF issues warning about invasive snail species

    March 29, 2016 12:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking people to be on the lookout for an invasive snail species that is causing problems along waterways in Louisiana. The species is the Apple Snail. It's the largest freshwater snail on Earth. One warning sign they could be... more »
  • State officials clear Donaldsonville water for consumption Play Video

    March 26, 2016 12:06 PM

    Donaldsonville - Saturday morning officials gave the go ahead for residents to begin drinking the city's tap water again. Mayor Leroy Sullivan told News Two he plans to send out a reverse 911 emergency message to all citizens. The Department of Health and Hospitals put a halt to... more »
  • Donaldsonville water remains undrinkable

    March 24, 2016 10:07 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Louisiana's state health officer says it will be at least two to three days before residents of Donaldsonville can begin drinking their tap water again. Residents of the town southeast of Baton Rouge were advised not to drink the water this week after an inspection showed the possibility... more »
  • Walker begins drilling for new water well Play Video

    March 23, 2016 6:14 PM

    WALKER - Drilling for a new million dollar water well is underway in the city of Walker to improve water quality and pressure. The new well will be paired with a $1.6 million water tower that is already finished. Walker Mayor Rick Ramsey says the new additions will provide a... more »
  • DHH: Donaldsonville residents shouldn't drink water until further notice

    March 22, 2016 9:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals notified the Peoples Water System in Donaldsonville that it must immediately alter how it treats drinking water. The directive comes after an inspection revealed elevated levels of chlorine dioxide in the system. Residents are also warned NOT to drink the... more »
  • SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS: the most deadly hazard

    March 1, 2016 10:30 AM

    Over the last 30 years, on average, flash flooding kills more people each year than any other weather phenomenon. Stats from around the U.S. show about 85 fatalities per year due to flooding. Tornadoes are in second place, with a 30-year average of 75 deaths annually. ... more »
  • Lawsuit accuses officials of racial bias in water project

    February 19, 2016 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal lawsuit accuses officials in a north Louisiana parish of discriminating against black residents for decades by allegedly failing to provide them with clean water and other services that their white neighbors get. Two black Winnsboro residents sued the Franklin Parish Police Jury on Thursday, claiming... more »
  • US House backs bill requiring EPA notify about lead

    February 10, 2016 3:12 PM

    LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. House has approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water. The bill is the first approved by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint stopped using treated water... more »
  • EPA water chief says Flint crisis was avoidable

    February 3, 2016 12:17 PM

    DETROIT - The acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency's water office has told Congress that the crisis in Flint caused by lead in drinking water was "avoidable" and that state officials resisted calls to deal with it. Joel Beauvais said Wednesday that EPA's regional staff urged Michigan officials "to... more »
  • Flint water crisis a focus as Senate takes up energy bill

    January 28, 2016 11:04 AM

    WASHINGTON - Legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is likely as the Senate takes up a bipartisan bill on energy policy. Preliminary votes on the energy bill are expected Thursday as the Senate debates the first comprehensive energy legislation in nine years. The wide-ranging bill is co-sponsored... more »
  • New lawsuit seeks replacement of Flint's lead pipes

    January 27, 2016 11:38 AM

    LANSING, Mich. - A new lawsuit asks a federal judge to force Michigan and the city of Flint to replace all lead pipes in Flint's water system to ensure residents have a safe drinking supply. The complaint, filed Wednesday, says service lines from water mains into homes should be replaced... more »
  • Morganza flood waters starting to recede Play Video

    January 25, 2016 5:36 PM

    MORGANZA - Debris along the levees near the Morganza Spillway are a welcome sight for people in the area. They're the first sign flood waters are coming down. On the other hand, the only sight near the Old River neighborhood are rooftops and floating camps. One resident told... more »
  • Problems in Detroit, Flint show rift over emergency managers

    January 24, 2016 2:38 PM

    DETROIT - Darnell Earley didn't come up with the plan to channel corrosive river water into the water system in Flint, Michigan, and he isn't responsible for the fiscal collapse of Detroit's schools. But Earley's leadership of Flint's city government and Detroit's school system during key points in their recent... more »
  • Water distributed in Ohio village after testing finds lead

    January 23, 2016 3:07 PM

    SEBRING, Ohio - Volunteers are distributing water this weekend to residents of a northeast Ohio village after tests found lead levels that exceed federal standards. WFMJ-TV in Youngstown reports the American Red Cross and others distributed bottled water Friday night to some of the 8,100 people affected by elevated levels... more »
  • Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

    January 23, 2016 3:03 PM

    TOLEDO, Ohio - Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, can be found in older neighborhoods across the nation. Estimates vary on how many of these pipes are still in use. One recent industry survey puts the number at 6.5 million.... more »
  • Boil water order lifted in St. Francisville

    January 20, 2016 2:44 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - Officials in West Feliciana Parish lifted a boil advisory for parts of St. Francisville at around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The affected area was along Highway 10 and Bains Road West to Alexander Creek. The State Department of Health and Hospitals say they tested water samples... more »
  • White House appoints federal official to lead Flint response

    January 19, 2016 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House is appointing a Health and Human Services Department official to lead federal efforts to help the city of Flint, Michigan, deal with its water crisis. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he anticipates that President Barack Obama will meet with the city's mayor on Tuesday.... more »
  • New Springfield water system nearly ready Play Video

    January 4, 2016 4:49 PM

    SPRINGFIELD - After a decade of planning and waiting for funding, the water system in the town of Springfield is nearly finished. For the past few months contractors have worked to lay pipe across the small town. Now the $1.2 million project is in the testing phase as workers look... more »
  • West Feliciana braces for flooding Play Video

    December 31, 2015 5:04 PM

    ST. FRANCISVILLE - People in West Feliciana Parish are watching close and gearing up as Mississippi River flood waters continue to flow south. For the past week Missouri has dealt with heavy flooding. In West Feliciana you can see the river rising, and even some tourists have stopped by to... more »
  • Walker building new water well near new tower Play Video

    December 22, 2015 6:06 PM

    WALKER - The city of Walker in Livingston Parish is shelling out cash to improve its water system. The city has already spent $1.6 million on a new water tower, and now the city will spend another $1 million to build a water well. Both the tower and well will... more »
  • Pipeline expansion to feed Iberville Parish industry Play Video

    December 10, 2015 7:46 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Water Works is replacing an 18 mile pipeline so heavy industry can expand. The project will double the size of a current pipeline and raise two water towers several feet in District #3. The Department of Health and Hospitals awarded Iberville Parish an $8 million loan... more »
  • Crews repairing busted water line on Jade Ave

    December 9, 2015 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE – City workers are trying to repair a water line after workers struck a pipe near Wednesday causing street flooding. A utility contractor told WBRZ’s Brett Buffington that workers struck an unmarked water line on Jade Ave. Crews are currently pumping water from a hole to... more »
  • Boil order issued for all of Assumption Parish Play Video

    November 20, 2015 6:42 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Authorities in Assumption Parish issued a parish-wide boil order Friday night after bacteria was detected was in the water system. Emergency managers said Assumption Parish Waterworks detected E. coli in the system which serves parish water customers. Because of that, anyone served by APWW in the parish... more »
  • Lower Livingston Parish still flooded Play Video

    October 29, 2015 6:26 PM

    MAUREPAS - People in lower Livingston Parish are still dealing with flooding from last weekend, and some residents in Maurepas blame Ascension Parish for some of the high water. They point to a pumping station in neighboring Ascension Parish that sends water into the Blind River that flows into Lake... more »

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