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  • Residents think dredging is damaging property Play Video

    April 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Eric Weil has owned Cafe Lafourche for decades, but it wasn't until four years ago he started having serious problems with his building, located just feet away from Bayou Lafourche. "They did all the dredging on the upper end here, and they created a problem, not only for... more »
  • Flood zone residents get their annual warning Play Video

    March 7, 2014 6:05 PM

    BUTTE LAROSE - Residents in the Morganza Floodway got their flood warning letters from the Army Corps of Engineers, but many say they aren't worried. Many people in the floodway said they got out before the last big flood, almost three years ago. This year they say they're staying... more »
  • Raw sewage takes over a yard in Port Allen Play Video

    February 26, 2014 5:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN - When the rain came down on 12th Street in Port Allen, raw sewage came up. Carolyn Simmons said this is the third time in the past year she's found raw sewage at her house. "It was bubbling up from the toilet and the bathtub but... more »
  • Air, second highway monitored after more bubbles appear in bayou Play Video

    February 25, 2014 9:31 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say a new spot of bubbling water was discovered in Grand Bayou Monday. The site is on LA 69, a quarter mile north of the Gator Corner, and less than a mile from the sinkhole site. It is the 101st bubbling site in... 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 »
  • Grape drink death

    February 6, 2014 7:44 PM

    SURGIONSVILLE, TENNESSEE- An autopsy shows a five-year-old girl died from being forced to drink more than two liters of grape soda and water and her father and his wife are charged with murder. Alexa Linboom was brought to a hospital emergency room by her father, blue and unresponsive. ... more »
  • W.Va. water tests encouraging after chemical spill

    January 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    DRY BRANCH, W.Va. - West Virginia Gov. Earl Tomblin says water tests are encouraging after a chemical spill tainted the supply, but people are still being told not to drink or bath in the water. Tomblin did not give a timetable Sunday for when people might be able to use... more »
  • Man arrested for stealing neighbor's water

    November 20, 2013 3:08 PM

    THIBODAUX- A 28-year-old Thibodaux man has been arrested for stealing his neighbor's utility service. Tyrone Scott Jr. was arrested Tuesday on a charge of theft of utility service after a neighbor reported seeing him running his a water hose from outside their home into his home next door. Police had... more »
  • Bossier City nearly 1/3 through water meter change

    October 13, 2013 2:30 PM

    BOSSIER CITY - With nearly one-third of Bossier City's new, automated water meters installed, billing supervisor Judy Vetkoetter says most people who have called to complain about higher bills have been satisfied with the city's explanation. They're told the new meters are more accurate than the old ones - and... more »
  • Due to brain-eating amoeba, water systems told to make changes

    October 9, 2013 9:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health leaders have asked water companies that use the same solution to cleanse water as the two systems where brain-eating amoeba were found to increase the amount of solution being used. The Department of Health and Hospitals said Wednesday night it strongly recommends residual chlorine levels... more »
  • Baker water rates could go up Play Video

    October 9, 2013 5:38 PM

    BAKER - The Baker City Council has started the process of raising water rates in the city to help pay down some debt. Baker is in the red $2 million after upgrading its aging water system. Today during a work session, some council members suggest raising water rates by... more »
  • Brain-eating amoeba found in another La. water system

    October 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    MANSFIELD- Brain-eating amoeba has been found in five locations of DeSoto Parish Waterworks District No. 1. Wednesday, the system will flush lines with additional chlorine to kill the amoeba. There are no known current cases of illness related to the discover state health leaders said Tuesday night. The... more »
  • DHH clears rumors about amoeba, drinking water

    September 19, 2013 3:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Department of Health and Hospitals is trying put to rest myths and rumors associated with the recent news of a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system. DHH has released a "Myth vs. Fact" rundown of these myths about the amoeba, called "Naegleria fowleri",... more »
  • Deadly amoeba not likely in Baton Rouge Play Video

    September 13, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday they found a brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water system. Four locations tested positive in the parish, located just outside of New Orleans. One of those areas was in the home of a child.... more »
  • Brain-eating amoeba found in water supply

    September 13, 2013 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals says tests from federal health officials have confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba in four sites in the St. Bernard Parish water system. Health officials stressed that there is a low risk of contracting any disease since people... more »
  • After child dies from brain amoeba, DHH says don't fear water Play Video

    September 6, 2013 5:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health officials are calming the nerves of people who are worried after a 4-year-old died from a brain eating parasite in St. Bernard Parish this week. State health leaders urge people not to fear their water system. The Department of Health and Hospitals believes the... 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 »
  • Fewer beach advisories off La. coast for Labor Day weekend

    August 30, 2013 11:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There are fewer beach advisories for the Labor Day weekend than earlier this summer. Scientists posted warnings about potentially dangerous bacteria in the water off two coastal areas: Cypremort State Park and a section of Grand Isle State Park. Previously, more than half of beaches in... more »
  • Chase ends when car plunges into University Lake

    August 27, 2013 10:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man from the New Orleans area will likely face charges after he crashed into University Lake near the LSU campus Tuesday evening. Sheriff's deputies from West Baton Rouge said the man crashed during a chase that began at a truck stop casino on the western side... more »
  • Boil advisory lifted for French Settlement

    August 21, 2013 11:48 AM

    FRENCH SETTLEMENT - Water officials for the French Settlement Water Company gave the all-clear today after issuing a boil order earlier this week. The water company issued the order Monday after they had to make an emergency line repair on Highway 444. Today they said bacteriological tests came... more »
  • Some upset they did not notice boil order

    August 20, 2013 10:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The water company here is asking customers for ideas on how to better communicate a boil advisory since some complained they did not know there was an alert in their community Tuesday. The Baton Rouge Water Company issued a boil order early Tuesday morning after a line... more »
  • Rural boil advisory issued

    August 19, 2013 9:18 PM

    FRENCH SETTLMENT- People who live along Highway 444, and receive water from the French Settlement Water Company are being asked to boil their water. The order was issued Monday night. The company said there was an emergency line repair. Despite a few homes actually losing water, many customers... more »
  • DHH awards Gramercy $1.5M water loan

    August 12, 2013 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals' Office of Public Health has awarded $1.5 million to Gramercy through the State's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund Program. The loan will help the system improve and update the community's drinking water system. Assistant Secretary for Public Health, J.T. Lane... more »
  • Water quality improves, fewer beach advisories

    August 2, 2013 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fewer Louisiana beaches have swim advisories this weekend. Only four have warnings posted for swimmers to swim at their own risk. Holly Beach, Rutherford, Cypremort and Grand Isle #2 have posted warnings. Just a few weeks ago, half or more had warnings about dangerous bacteria in... more »
  • Water line breaks near Pierre Part

    July 30, 2013 6:22 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish said a water line feeding homes near Pierre Part broke this evening, and warned people to conserve water. The break happened along Highway 70 near Texas Brine Road according to the parish police jury. People living along Highway 70 and in... more »
  • Gulf 'dead zone' above average but not near record

    July 29, 2013 11:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - This summer's "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico, where there's so little oxygen that starfish suffocate, is bigger than average but not the predicted near-record. Scientists led by Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium say the area of low oxygen, called hypoxia, covers 5,840... more »
  • Scientists collect water near site of blown well

    July 29, 2013 10:18 AM

    NORTHERN GULF OF MEXICO - Scientists are trying to figure out if a gas well that blew wild last week off the Louisiana coast is polluting the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers gathered water samples about five miles from the rig Saturday. That's as close as Coast Guard officials allowed... more »
  • Pretty purple flowers return to Bayou Lafourche

    July 28, 2013 7:37 PM

    MATHEWS, La. - Warm weather has sparked a growth explosion for water hyacinths in Bayou Lafourche. Parish experts say the attractive purple flowers mask their possible damaging effects, including impacts on boating, threatening the drinking water supply and depleting oxygen levels that can lead to fish kills. In an effort... more »
  • More advisories for La. beaches

    July 26, 2013 9:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Fifteen beaches have warnings posted about potentially dangerous bacteria. Scientists advise people to think twice before entering water in some of the region's popular coastal getaways, including Cypremort State Park, Grand Isle State Park #2, and Holly Beach. Twenty-five beaches are monitored for bacteria. Weekly tests... more »
  • Water main break floods streets in New Orleans

    July 23, 2013 11:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A break in a 16-inch water main flooded streets in a section of New Orleans' Carrollton neighborhood, prompting the rerouting of traffic around areas where water covered the bumpers of some parked cars. The break occurred early Tuesday. Residents of surrounding areas awoke to low water pressure.... more »
  • Advisories posted at La. beaches due to bacteria

    July 19, 2013 10:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Advisories were posted on beaches in Louisiana after scientists discovered potentially dangerous bacteria. Popular coastal spots were included in the warning, including a section of Grand Isle. Click HERE for a complete list of advisories. The postings come a few weeks after a more serious warning... more »
  • Sinkhole 'burps' again in Bayou Corne

    July 19, 2013 2:10 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported increased activity out at the Bayou Corne sinkhole, which they said "burped" noticeably this morning. The parish police jury said it started around 5 a.m. Friday, and caused a lot of water movement on the surface of the sinkhole. Emergency management... more »
  • Boil order still in effect for Town of Livingston

    July 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    LIVINGSTON - A boil order is still in effect for the Town of Livingston even though water service was restored last night. Tests are still being made to make sure the water's clean. The town is not sure when they will get the results. The boil order... more »
  • False River stages state's largest water balloon fight Play Video

    July 4, 2013 6:10 PM

    JARREAU - Hundreds of people came out to False River to celebrate the 4th of July and take part in what could be the state's largest water balloon fight. "To be honest with you, that huge water balloon fight going on out there, if that's not the coolest thing... more »
  • Swimming safety tips as summer heats up Play Video

    June 29, 2013 7:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of kids come to public pools like BREC's Liberty Lagoon every day. Here there are plenty of adults and lifeguards to keep an eye on what's going on. But of course, you won't find that everywhere. That's why experts stress to make sure your kids... more »
  • Warning about flesh-eating bacteria off La. coast

    June 28, 2013 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State health leaders issued a warning Friday for coastal water: it may have flesh-eating bacteria. One person has died and three others got sick from the bacteria, which is naturally occurring in warm seawater. Experts recommend not going into the water with open wounds, since it... more »
  • U. S. beaches report card finds thousands of issues

    June 27, 2013 4:47 PM

    NEW YORK - Concerns over dirty water may not be your biggest worry for your next trip to the beach, but the latest report card on America's beaches finds there have been more than 20,000 closings and advisories for the third consecutive year. The report is put out each... more »
  • Fire department fights fire without hydrant Play Video

    May 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An electrical short torched a home near the Amite River over the weekend. St. George Fire Department responded to the fire, which was almost two miles away from the nearest water source. The home off Hoo Shoo Too Rd. and Kendalwood Rd. was built long... more »
  • Sandy dumped 11B gallons of sewage in waterways

    April 30, 2013 8:09 AM

    NEW YORK - Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gallons of sewage from East Coast treatment plants into bodies of water from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut. That's according to a study by the nonprofit science journalism group Climate Central. It says that's equivalent to having Central Park covered 41 feet high... more »
  • Boil order issued for parts of Iberville Parish

    April 11, 2013 3:59 PM

    IBERVILLE- Officials issued a boil order for water in parts of the parish Thursday afternoon. The order is for Iberville Parish Water Dist. 3 and includes Hwy. 992-3 (Tenant Rd.) from Hwy. 75 (Belleview Rd.) to Hwy. 1, and all intersecting streets in that area. It is recommended... more »
  • Plan to slow water pumping is approved

    March 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A commission charged with managing saltwater intrusion into the aquifer serving Baton Rouge and surrounding areas has approved a plan calling for a reduction of 2 million gallons a day in the pumping of water in industrial areas of East Baton Rouge Parish by 2014. The Advocate... more »
  • Brandywine resident searching for home Play Video

    March 6, 2013 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- After the city gave residents of the embattled Brandywine apartment complex another month to find a place to live, at least one man is left without any options. Francis La Fleur owns his unit at the complex, but because of poor management, the complex's utilities will be... 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 »
  • New Orleans awaits word on water quality

    March 4, 2013 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Residents and businesses in much of New Orleans awaited word on when they would no longer have to boil tap water to ensure it was safe to consume. The mayor's office said Monday that test results to determine whether the water is contaminated were expected by mid-afternoon. Water... more »
  • Shivering man rescued from near-freezing water Play Video

    March 1, 2013 5:48 PM

    ZACHARY - A man was rescued from near-freezing temperatures by Zachary Firefighters after he ran his car off Groom road and into a pond. It happened just before midnight at the intersection of Groom Rd. and Old Scenic Hwy. Mona Gates was inside her home nearby when she... more »
  • Brandywine residents in power struggle Play Video

    February 15, 2013 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Residents at Brandywine Apartments may be in for a cold weekend after power was cut off to several units. It's because they didn't pay rent, but resident argue they shouldn't have to because management hasn't paid more than $100,000 in utilities payments. Now the water company... more »
  • Mississippi closes 3 areas to oyster harvest

    February 6, 2013 6:27 AM

    BILOXI, Miss. - The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has closed three areas to oyster harvesting because of water quality issues. The affected harvesting areas closed Tuesday involve Area II "A," which includes northern portions of the Pass Christian, Henderson Point Reef and northern portions of Hornet's Reef; Area II... more »
  • Rules would make school snacks healthier

    February 1, 2013 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus. Under the new rules proposed Friday by the Department of Agriculture, school vending... more »
  • Elusive apartment owner owes $100,000 to city Play Video

    January 30, 2013 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Conditions continue to get worse at an apartment complex with a history of trouble in Baton Rouge. The majority owner of the Brandywine Apartments, Dr. Stephen Ayers from Lake Charles, missed utility payments for years and now owes the city more than $100,000. The parish told... more »
  • Central La. lakes losing water

    January 30, 2013 5:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Larto and Saline lakes in Catahoula, LaSalle and Rapides parishes are losing water into the Black River because an embankment designed to hold that water in has failed. The co-manager of Uncle Bud's Cabins and RV Park on Larto... more »
  • Neighborhoods remain flooded despite pumping station Play Video

    January 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Two weeks after a major rain event, residents along Bluff Rd. in the Alligator Bayou area are still flooding. Last Friday, two temporary pumps were installed to clear some of the mess, pumping water from Frog Bayou to Bayou Manchac. Drainage officials report the water has gone... more »
  • Swollen waterways to reopen at noon

    January 21, 2013 10:49 AM

    GONZALES - Authorities in Ascension and Livingston parishes announced waterways in both areas will reopen for recreational boat traffic at noon today. The rivers closed after heavy rain and flooding swelled local waterways to unsafe levels. Several parishes around the state delcared disasters after the flooding damaged bridges,... more »
  • Roads, rivers still closed in Ascension Parish

    January 17, 2013 5:17 PM

    GONZALES - Parts of Ascension Parish are still dealing with flooding after recent severe weather. Parish emergency managers said the following roads are still closed because of high water. Recreational waterways are also still closed in the parish until the rivers drop back below safe levels. ROAD CLOSURES... more »
  • Bridges damaged, flooding continues in Livingston Parish Play Video

    January 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    HOLDEN - Water levels continue to rise and fall in Livingston Parish with more rain in the forecast, and it's getting harder to travel around some areas. Bridges in the Holden area are closed for repairs. Water lifted the bridge on Frank Ballard Road and floated it several feet... 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 »
  • Water threatens popular Livingston restaurant Play Video

    January 11, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Water is threatening the livelihood of residents and business owners in Livingston Parish. Val's Marina, a well-known restaurant, was flooded out during Hurricane Isaac. After a week of rain, water is inching closer and closer to their doorstep. WBRZ's Rosa Flores does a walk-through of the... 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 »
  • Road conditions in Livingston Parish

    January 11, 2013 12:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency officials in Livingston Parish posted the following update on roads around the parish to Facebook. Drivers are asked not to go around barricades into flooded areas. Rescue workers said they had to spend more time helping people who drove past the barricades and got stuck... 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 »
  • Rising waters causes a stink in New Roads neighborhood Play Video

    January 10, 2013 6:43 PM

    NEW ROADS- As rain drops fall, the waters are creeping closer and closer to Josie Lewis' home. But surprisingly that's not what's really bothering her. "I went into my bathroom and I was like ‘what is this odor?'" she said. "It was sewage." Some of the water... more »
  • Statewide emergency declared for flooding

    January 10, 2013 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today for Louisiana in the wake of severe weather and flooding around the state. Jindal said Acadia, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Livingston and St. Landry parishes have already declared states of emergency to help residents deal with... more »
  • Closures due to Jan. 10 severe weather

    January 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Severe weather swamped already-flooded parishes this morning, forcing closed more roads and schools. Here's a list of updated closings for Jan. 10: SCHOOL CLOSINGS - Pointe Coupee Parish Public Schools: closing at noon - St. Mary Parish Public Schools - St. Helena Parish Public Schools... more »
  • Flooding threat, rain linger through Thursday

    January 9, 2013 9:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A flash flood watch continues through Thursday night for much of the Capital City region. After nearly a day of rain, the skies dried. But, it will return overnight into early Thursday morning. Experts at WBRZ Weather 2 said to expect early thunderstorms and an additional... more »
  • Closures due to high water Play Video

    January 9, 2013 10:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - High water caused by the constant rainfall overnight closed some local schools and roads around the greater Baton Rouge area. All recreational boat traffic will be closed on Ascension Parish waterways as well, starting at 6 p.m. tonight. The following schools are closed as of... more »
  • Weather 2: Flooding expected in 24 hours

    January 8, 2013 11:07 PM

    We are experiencing a classic example of rain falling on already saturated ground. Rain accumulations of four inches or more will cause flooding, no matter where you live and for sections of our viewing area, flooding is imminent. The National Weather Service in New Orleans issued a flash flood... more »
  • High water closes roads in Ascension Parish

    January 8, 2013 8:16 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- At least four roads are being monitored for high water and have been closed. Deputies set-up barricades to warn drivers the water is too high to cross. The following roads are believed to be impassable: Black Bayou at Roddy Road Duplesis at Beaujohn Road Hwy 73... more »
  • 2 armed men carjack Sewerage & Water Board truck

    January 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police are looking for two men who carjacked a Sewerage and Water Board truck. Police say the men demanded the keys at gunpoint about noon Thursday from three sewerage board employees who were working in the back of the truck. Nobody was hurt. The truck... more »
  • Mississippi River drops, threatening barge traffic

    December 27, 2012 2:33 PM

    ST. LOUIS- The Mississippi River's water level is dropping again and barge industry trade groups warn that river commerce could essentially come to a halt as early as next week in an area south of St. Louis. The Coast Guard remains confident that the nation's largest waterway will remain open... more »
  • La. announces end of shrimp season in some areas

    December 18, 2012 10:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's fall shrimp season is closing in most state inside waters. Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham said last week that the season would close for most inside waters at sunset Tuesday to let white shrimp grow larger and more valuable. On Monday, he set closing Dec.... more »
  • Rescuers searching for submerged car near mall

    December 10, 2012 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rescue units responded to reports that a car drove off a frontage road between the Mall of Louisiana and I-10 East and was submerged in water. East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokesperson Casey Hicks said a witness called firefighters about the wreck around 1:35 p.m. They... more »
  • St. Landry waterline extension work begins

    November 20, 2012 3:18 PM

    KROTZ SPRINGS - Construction is under way on a $1 million project to extend waterlines from the Krotz Springs municipal system to serve an area along La. Highway 105 dotted by residential water wells that have shown high levels of arsenic. The Advocate reports the project has been driven mainly... more »
  • Boil advisory lifted for Clinton

    November 6, 2012 11:44 AM

    CLINTON - Town officials lifted a boil order for Clinton earlier today. They said health department tests of water samples came back clean, and people could stop boiling as of 11 a.m. today. The town issued the boil order last week after a contractor installing fiber optic cables... more »
  • Terrebonne water system revamp on tap

    November 5, 2012 10:48 AM

    HOUMA - Terrebonne residents can expect major improvements to their water system to begin soon. The parish's Waterworks District received $20 million last week from a state bond sale to begin working on the overhaul. Al Badeaux, president of the parish water board, says the money comes from the sale... more »
  • Boil order issued in Clinton

    November 2, 2012 3:08 PM

    CLINTON - Authorities in Clinton issued a boil water advisory for people on the town's water supply until further notice. City workers said a contractor installing fiber optic cables broke a water main, compromising the integrity of the town's water supply. The town recommended people bring water to... more »
  • Zachary approves contract for water improvements

    October 24, 2012 7:41 AM

    ZACHARY - The Zachary City Council has unanimously accepted the low bid of $642,000 from Industrial Enterprises Inc. of Baton Rouge for water distribution system improvements. City engineer Bianca Carambat says the company has also worked on a road rehabilitation project with Zachary. Five other contractors submitted bids... more »
  • Mosquito problem in Livingston Parish

    September 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Residents in Livingston Parish may be dealing with an issue bigger than they can handle. Recent rain and Hurricane Isaac left behind a lot of standing water, which could bring a lot of mosquitoes. The Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement also doesn't have adequate funding to cover... more »
  • Isaac victims flooded with emotion Play Video

    September 7, 2012 6:05 PM

    LAPLACE- Cleanup continues in St. John Parish more than a week after Hurricane Isaac sent flood water into several neighborhoods near Lake Pontchartrain. Residents whose property took on several feet of water are just beginning to deal with the damage caused by the flooding. "It was like the... more »
  • Boil order lifted for West Baton Rouge, still in effect for Walker

    September 4, 2012 4:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent boil order for West Baton Rouge has been lifted, while another for Walker remains in place. Authorities in West Baton Rouge today said DHH testing confirmed water samples from the intercoastal area near Addis and Brusly were clear. They were put under a... more »
  • Recreational boating still not allowed

    September 3, 2012 9:41 PM

    LIVINGSTON- Two parishes will keep waterways closed, indefinitely. Livingston and Ascension Parishes will won't reopen areas to recreational boating. Leaders say water levels have not receded enough. more »
  • Barges moving slowly through Miss. trouble spot

    August 23, 2012 10:21 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville, Miss., that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said on Thursday barges are being allowed... more »
  • 11-mile stretch of Mississippi River closed

    August 20, 2012 3:55 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The U.S. Coast Guard says 97 boats and barges are waiting for passage along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed because of low water levels. Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets told The Associated Press on Monday that the stretch of river near... more »
  • New toilet technology after 150 years of waste

    August 15, 2012 12:36 PM

    SEATTLE - These aren't your typical loos. One uses microwave energy to transform human waste into electricity. Another captures urine and uses it for flushing. And still another turns excrement into charcoal. They are part of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation competition to reinvent the toilet for the 2.6... more »
  • Flooding knocks LDWF offline

    August 14, 2012 3:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A broken water line knocked a state government agency off the internet this afternoon, potentially causing a problem for people who need hunting, fishing or boat licenses. A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said the broken line flooded their main office in... more »
  • Heart attack likely caused death in NY lake rescue

    August 8, 2012 11:49 AM

    CARMEL, N.Y. - A coroner says a heart attack probably caused the death of a woman whose body was found in the middle of a suburban New York reservoir with a 6-year-old girl clinging to it. The coroner says an autopsy revealed that Pamela Kaner, a friend of the girl's... more »
  • Audit finds bad record keeping, strange payouts at water district

    July 24, 2012 9:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE, Louisiana - The Waterworks District #2 in Iberville Parish is in hot water after two scathing audit reports. The audits were presented to the Iberville Parish Council during a regular scheduled meeting Tuesday at the Iberville Courthouse. The parish auditor presented council with a Comprehensive Annual Financial... more »
  • New report ties cold Gulf water, dolphin deaths

    July 18, 2012 4:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Researchers say snowmelt that chilled coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico may have contributed to baby dolphin deaths in the winter of 2011. A new research paper says 86 baby dolphins are known to have been aborted or died shortly after birth during the period. Researcher... more »
  • Mississippi River's depth lowest in years Play Video

    July 17, 2012 5:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - At a depth of 6.4 feet, the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge is the lowest it's been in years, and it's much worse further north. The river's center channel between Baton Rouge and the mouth of the Mississippi River is much deeper, though, ranging between 44... more »
  • SF considering ways to curb plastic water bottles

    July 13, 2012 9:07 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco lawmakers are considering a law that would require new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps. Board of Supervisors President David Chiu says the law is meant to encourage San Franciscans to refill reusable bottles rather than use plastic water... more »
  • False River celebrates freedom with boats, water balloons

    July 4, 2012 5:55 PM

    NEW ROADS- The False River Boat Parade drew hundreds to the oxbow lake to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family. The traditional celebration's theme for this year was 'Save Our Saints,' something that had people decorating their piers and boats with 'Bounty-Gate' references. "I just decided to... more »
  • Grand Isle water line temporarily fixed

    July 4, 2012 2:28 PM

    GRAND ISLE - Jefferson Parish officials say water service was back on Grand Isle Wednesday after a temporary clamp was successfully placed on a busted line that provided drinking water to the barrier island. The repair was made about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The Barataria Bay water transmission line was apparently... more »

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