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  • Attempts to force big industry off Baton Rouge water Play Video

    April 27, 2017 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Salt water is seeping into the drinking water aquifers below Baton Rouge and big industry is at least partially to blame. "It's a localized phenomena that we feel we're getting a handle on," said Tony Duplechin, executive director of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District. Fifty... more »
  • Louisiana's drinking water goes from bad to worse Play Video

    April 26, 2017 8:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Drinking water infrastructure in Louisiana got a near failing grade from experts Wednesday. The American Society of Civil Engineers downgraded the state's water systems to a D- in its 2017 Infrastructure Report Card . "Frankly it's embarrassing," said Dr. Kam Movassaghi, the executive director of the... more »
  • Louisiana water systems crumbling Play Video

    April 25, 2017 8:02 PM

    ST. JOSEPH - Residents in St. Joseph, Louisiana are not surprised their town has the worst drinking water in the state. The rural system has levels of lead equal to Flint, Michigan, but it's not the reason people don't drink the water. No one has quenched their thirst from... more »
  • Central residents say new subdivision could cause more drainage issues Play Video

    April 24, 2017 8:15 PM

    CENTRAL - In the city of Central, the proposed development of a subdivision is getting some opposition from residents. On the East side, between Core and Sullivan Roads, a new development could be coming. For those living in the three surrounding neighborhoods, Rambling Oaks, Jackson Park and Jackson Place... more »
  • Flint mayor wants to avoid water switch after lead crisis

    April 18, 2017 11:45 AM

    FLINT - Flint's mayor is recommending that the Michigan city continue getting its drinking water from a regional system, following a crisis that left the supply contaminated with lead. Karen Weaver's announcement Tuesday to stay with the Great Lakes Water Authority is a reversal. Last year, she said the city... more »
  • Boil water advisory lifted in East Feliciana after well broke

    April 13, 2017 2:39 PM

    EAST FELICIANA – The boil water advisory for residents in Bluff Creek has been lifted. The advisory was issued on Monday after a well broke . About 600 residents were without running water due to the broken well, WBRZ reported earlier this week. Crews were seen repairing the... more »
  • Water district sticks by policies that anger customers

    April 9, 2017 12:47 PM

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Lamar County water district is refusing to change policies that make its customers unhappy. WDAM-TV reports Arnold Line Water Association requires customers to have account numbers to pay bills. It has agreements with the City of Hattiesburg and two other sewer providers to cut off water... more »
  • Teen killed by carbon monoxide leak at Michigan hotel pool

    April 1, 2017 4:13 PM

    NILES, Mich. - Authorities in southwestern Michigan have identified a 13-year-old boy who died after a carbon monoxide leak in a hotel pool area that also sickened about a dozen people. Employees at the Quality Inn & Suites in Niles called 911 around 10 a.m. Saturday after seeing six unresponsive... more »
  • Louisiana drinking water systems get near failing grade Play Video

    March 27, 2017 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana drinking water systems received a collective grade of "D+" according to a state audit published Monday. The grade reflects infrastructure that is either "poor" or "crumbling." Individually, large and medium sized systems scored high but smaller systems dragged the grade down. The smaller systems serve at... more »
  • Michigan, Flint to replace 18,000 lead-tainted water lines

    March 27, 2017 5:25 PM

    DETROIT - Michigan and the city of Flint have agreed to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit over lead-contaminated water in the troubled city. A court filing Monday says Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020,... more »
  • Report reveals new info into Louisiana's crumbling water system Play Video

    March 27, 2017 8:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An audit released Monday morning revealed more details about Louisiana's crumbling water infrastructure. The report was triggered by a recent report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers, that rated the state's drinking water infrastructure as a 'D+,' meaning that the infrastructure is poor and... more »
  • The Investigative Unit: Elevated lead levels found in East Feliciana water Play Video

    March 16, 2017 4:27 PM

    SLAUGHTER – Louisiana is requiring the East Feliciana Parish Water System to test their water more frequently after an Investigative Unit report that showed brown water flowing from the taps two weeks ago . Brown water was coming out of Slaughter resident Artis Cain's home for nearly 72 hours... more »
  • Firefighters rescue man from Mississippi River

    March 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans firefighters have rescued a man from the Mississippi River after a late-night search of the waters near Mardi Gras World. In a statement, the fire department says it was responding to reports of a man in the water Friday night around 10 p.m. They started... more »
  • Flint's water line replacement to take until at least 2019

    March 7, 2017 10:27 PM

    FLINT, Mich. - The head of Flint's water pipe replacement program says the city in Michigan hopes to finish the project in 2019. Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel coordinates the FAST Start initiative to replace lines that leached lead into homes and businesses. He made his comments during... more »
  • Caskets remain unearthed at cemetery months after flooding Play Video

    February 27, 2017 9:10 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Two caskets have been sitting above the ground for more than five months at the Rayborn Family Cemetery. The Caskets were forced out of the ground in August, when floods swept through the area. More than five months later, the caskets are still out of the ground,... more »
  • Boil water advisory lifted for parts of Iberville

    February 24, 2017 11:39 AM

    IBERVILLE – The boil water advisory that went into effect for parts of the Iberville Parish Water District No. 3 on Feb. 21 has been lifted. The advisory impacted customers located on Highway 75 from Jack Miller's Landing south to the end of Highway 75 in Bayou Pigeon. It... more »
  • Firefighters rescue barge worker from Miss. River

    February 21, 2017 8:59 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Firefighters rescued a barge worker after she fell into the Mississippi River Tuesday night. Sources say the woman fell into the water while loading a barge at the Louis Dreyfus loading dock in Port Allen. The woman allegedly clung to a life ring until firefighters were... more »
  • Boil order issued for parts of Iberville Parish

    February 21, 2017 12:25 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH– Iberville Parish Water District No. 3 says a broken line may be causing low water pressure for some customers. The break will impact customers from Hwy. 75 from Jack Miller’s Landing south to the end of Hwy 75 in Bayou Pidgeon and all intersecting streets. Streets west... more »
  • Repairing California dam could cost up to $200 million

    February 14, 2017 9:39 PM

    OROVILLE, Calif. - The head of California's water agency says repairs to the damaged concrete spillway at Oroville Dam will cost between $100 million and $200 million. Department of Water Resources Acting Director Bill Croyle said Tuesday that teams are already working on plans for repairing the dam's main spillway.... more »
  • Proposed pipeline provokes heated debate Play Video

    February 8, 2017 11:29 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Discussions over a proposed Louisiana pipeline got heated as environmentalists and oil and gas workers weighed the pros and cons. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would stretch from Lake Charles to St. James Parish, transporting crude oil. It would join dozens of other pipelines that already run through the... more »
  • House voids Obama rule on mining debris

    February 1, 2017 5:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-controlled House has approved a measure to scuttle an Obama-era regulation that prevents coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Republicans say the rule is a job killer and is poorly crafted. The measure was approved 228-194. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the stream-protection rule... more »
  • Zachary residents receiving late notices for water bills but no bill Play Video

    January 30, 2017 6:15 PM

    ZACHARY – Some Zachary residents are receiving yellow notices on their mailboxes claiming that their water bill is late, however no bill shows up. For resident Rolando Williams, the amount for his bill fluctuates from $130 to $180 or even $250. However Williams says that sometimes he doesn't even... more »
  • Walker subdivision still having drainage problems Play Video

    January 23, 2017 6:34 PM

    WALKER - A community in Livingston Parish says it's tired of living on the edge. They say after every rain, water overflows the ditches and floods the streets. It happened again Saturday. Residents say it's a safety hazard because emergency vehicles can't get through and Lee Etue says the... more »
  • High water closes roads across Baton Rouge

    January 19, 2017 10:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and other parish officials are urging motorists to use caution when driving across the Baton Rouge area Thursday. “We are urging caution as drivers travel on our highways as there is high water and flooding in some areas,” Broome said. Several... more »
  • Storms cause severe flooding in Houston

    January 18, 2017 12:44 PM

    HOUSTON, Tx. - Severe storms have caused dangerous amounts of flood water in the Houston area. A flash flood warning has been issued for parts of Harris, Fort Bend, and Wharton counties. High water levels have slowed traffic on I-45 and multiple roadways are impassable due to the... more »
  • 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 »

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