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  • Memphis dumping its wastewater into the Mississippi River

    March 9, 2018 7:16 PM

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A series of very unfortunate events prompted the city of Memphis, Tennessee, to pump wastewater into a fast-moving, southern-flowing Mississippi River. High water caused a pump failure at a city treatment plant, officials said Friday. A backup pump is running but it won't be able to... more »
  • Restore Louisiana holds event for Ascension Parish flood victims Play Video

    January 25, 2018 8:47 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Many continue to recover from the floods of 2016. Some are still looking for answers. Restore Louisiana assisted those people Thursday at a homeowner outreach event in Ascension Parish. The event was supposed to start at 2 p.m., but anxious homeowners strolled in all afternoon. "I'm... more »
  • Specific Ascension water customers under boil order

    January 18, 2018 6:32 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – A boil order was issued Thursday evening for certain customers of the Ascension Consolidated Utilities District 1 but receive water from Assumption Parish. A drop in water pressure in Assumption triggered the order. Water pressure dropped as a result of a large number of water line breaks... more »
  • Officials ask residents to prepare for cold in Ascension

    January 16, 2018 11:44 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Water towers are full and utility crews are on "full alert" in preparation for the cold temperatures. Officials with Parish Utilities of Ascension and ACUD are urging water customers to prepare for the expected subfreezing temperatures. Low temperatures are expected to be in the 20s over... more »
  • Ascension asking residents to be ready for expected cold temperatures

    January 12, 2018 12:11 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Water towers are full and utility crews are "on full alert" ahead of several days of sub-freezing temperatures, authorities said Friday. Last week, when the region had seven straight days with temperatures below 32 degrees, authorities had to shut down water service to Donaldsonville one night because... more »
  • Underground leak causes enormous water bill Play Video

    January 9, 2018 6:40 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A man says he was shocked when he opened his mail Monday. A bill that's normally just a few bucks grew by about 75 times what it normally is. "I can't pay a bill like that," said James McCasland. Being on a fixed income, McCasland has... more »
  • Official: Donaldsonville may not see water shut off Wednesday night Play Video

    January 3, 2018 10:34 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Officials say workers have made significant progress in restoring water to residents in Donaldsonville. Martin McConnell with the Ascension Parish government says water pressure is still low but "adequate to serve all customers". Parish officials are cautiously optimistic that water service will not be shut off at... more »
  • Water running black or not at all in East Feliciana town Play Video

    November 29, 2017 6:37 PM

    JACKSON - There are about 300 customers in East Feliciana Parish that have been dealing with water problems for nearly a week. The water has been coming out of the tap black, other times there's no water at all. The East Feliciana Rural Water System tells 2 On Your... more »
  • Proposed taxes could improve drainage in Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 15, 2017 9:07 PM

    LIVINGSTON PARISH - Voters will soon be deciding on whether they want to hand over more money to the government for improved drainage. Saturday's ballot includes new property and sales taxes to improve the drainage system in Killian, Springfield and Albany. The parish has already outlined three drainage... more »
  • Estimates say Hurricanes Harvey, Irma could cost U.S. $290 billion

    September 11, 2017 9:30 AM

    Combined damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could cost the U.S. economy as much as $290 billion, according to a new forecast. Hurricane Harvey, which battered Houston with record amounts of torrential rain and flooding last month, is estimated to be one of the costliest weather disasters in U.S.... more »
  • Evacuation orders multiply in Florida Play Video

    September 7, 2017 2:43 PM

    Evacuation orders are multiplying across Florida as local officials try to get the most vulnerable populations to move to safety ahead of Hurricane Irma. Miami Dade has now made evacuations mandatory for all of its coastal areas, barrier islands and mobile homes. Monroe County's mandatory order stands for... more »
  • Leaking water pipe fixed following call to 2 On Your Side Play Video

    September 5, 2017 5:51 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Water that's been leaking from a pipe for a year in Livingston Parish was capped off and secured following a call to 2 On Your Side. The pipe is off Thunderbird Lane, in a neighborhood off of Highway 16 in Denham Springs. Crystal Hall says the... more »
  • Chef Gordon Ramsay shows contestants 'how to prepare crawfish' Play Video

    September 3, 2017 6:37 PM

    While residents in Michigan continue to panic over their crawfish infestation , celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is "showing" his MasterChef contestants just how to cook the crustaceans ... sort of. Instead of the method most Louisianians are accustomed to — a large pot, crab boil, potatoes, corn and other... more »
  • Residents dealing with smelly water in small Louisiana community Play Video

    August 30, 2017 6:01 PM

    LOTTIE - About 400 people in a town across the river say their water smells. Residents in Lottie say the stench has been noticeable for the past month. Water District Two of Pointe Coupee Parish tells 2 On Your Side it's aware and has been working to fix the... more »
  • Woman blames busted culvert on FEMA contractor Play Video

    August 30, 2017 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A crushed drainage pipe is causing a flooding problem whenever it rains. A homeowner says a truck drove over the culvert in front of her house and smashed the concrete pipe under her driveway. Shiela Weatherman says it happened when her FEMA Manufactured Housing Unit was... more »
  • Fields, roads flooding in southwest Louisiana Play Video

    August 30, 2017 11:53 AM

    LAKE CHARLES - Heavy rains around the border of Louisiana and Texas are causing some flooding in western Calcasieu Parish. Fields and roads have flooded around the town of Vinton, Louisiana. However, few homes appear to be flooded. The Louisiana State Police has closed Interstate... more »
  • Entire town of Greensburg under boil order for water

    August 16, 2017 1:29 PM

    GREENSBURG – This entire St. Helena Parish town is under a boil order as of lunchtime Wednesday. There was a water failure along the water system earlier in the day, prompting the boil order once the water service was restored. The cause of the failure was still being investigated... more »
  • Funeral held for disabled man who drowned as teens laughed

    July 29, 2017 8:59 PM

    COCOA, Fla. - Hundreds of people filled a Florida church for the funeral of a disabled man who drowned while a group of teens taunted him, did nothing to help him and recorded his death. Thirty-one-year-old Jamel Dunn died July 9 in a Cocoa retention pond. His body... more »
  • Ohio brewery producing 2M cans of water for disaster victims

    July 23, 2017 1:14 PM

    TRENTON, Ohio - An Ohio brewery will skip the hops and barley to produce 2 million cans of water for disaster victims. The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports the water will be canned at the MillerCoors Trenton, Ohio, brewery over the next three years in a partnership with the American... more »
  • Toddler latest to die in rash of area drownings

    July 4, 2017 6:22 PM

    PONCHATOULA – A two-year-old child died at a hospital after being found unresponsive in a pool Saturday. First responders were called to where the child was found around 3:30 p.m. July 1. Authorities were able to get the child's heart beating again, though, the child did not survive after... more »
  • Potentially deadly amoeba found in Louisiana water system

    June 29, 2017 8:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana health officials say a potentially deadly amoeba has been detected in a Terrebonne Parish water system. The Louisiana Department of Health says the presence of Naegleria fowleri has been found in the Schriever Water System. Officials said Thursday the tap water is safe to drink but... more »
  • Boil order lifted in East Feliciana Parish

    June 28, 2017 1:51 PM

    EAST FELICIANA - A boil order has been lifted for a small water system in the parish. The order was issued Sunday morning for District 7. Customers supplied with water by District 7 Water were advised to boil water before using it. The water system said the initial... more »
  • Body, believed to be 9-year-old girl, found in Tangipahoa River

    June 25, 2017 6:57 PM

    INDEPENDENCE – The body of 9-year-old Gabrielle McCoy, who went missing in the Tangipahoa River on June 25, is believed to have been found on Tuesday morning, the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reports. The body was recovered around 7 a.m. about two miles south of the Highway 40 bridge... more »
  • Central announces final flood debris collection pass

    June 12, 2017 2:52 PM

    CENTRAL - The City of Central will be making a final pass to collect flood debris from homes later this month. All residents with flood debris remaining in their home or on their property is asked to move it to the road on the right of way in front... more »
  • State giving away weevils to control invasive water weed

    June 10, 2017 11:29 AM

    AP - Louisiana is giving weevils to property owners who want to help control an invasive, herbicide-shedding water weed that infests a long, narrow lake. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it will be giving away plants with live weevils on June 24 in the Lake... more »
  • Bad gas found at Geismar station Play Video

    June 7, 2017 6:50 PM

    GEISMAR - Water was found in gasoline at Dutchtown Tiger Mart on Highway 73 in Geismar. The Department of Agriculture visited the location Tuesday and confirmed there had been water infiltration. Dutchtown Tiger Mart owner Chet Simpson says as of Wednesday evening 18 customers have been affected and in... more »
  • UN chief warns of serious clean water shortages by 2050

    June 6, 2017 8:19 PM

    UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that by 2050 the global demand for fresh water is projected to grow by more than 40 percent and at least a quarter of the world's population will live in countries with a "chronic or recurrent" lack of clean water. Guterres... more »
  • Abandoned well destorying woman's yard

    June 1, 2017 6:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - For weeks a Plaquemine woman has been dealing with a neighbor's well that's flooding her backyard. Gilda Coffee lives on Foundry street and says the well on the other side of her fence, is spewing water nonstop. "It's still running, this is 24-seven," she said. ... more »
  • Coast Guard searching for missing person off Louisiana coast

    May 29, 2017 4:28 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Coast Guard officials say a tug boat has sunk off the coast of Louisiana and a crew member is missing. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans says in a statement that it received a report around 5 a.m. Monday that the tug vessel Crosby Commander was... more »
  • Residents in Ascension Parish subdivision concerned over gator sightings Play Video

    May 21, 2017 11:48 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Neighborhood retention ponds have doubled as drainage management systems and entertainment for the homeowners in local subdivisions. But what's swimming below the surface has some residents concerned. "We had heard there was an alligator in the lake so we had been watching for it," Richard Peak... more »
  • Sea lion grabs girl off dock, pulls her into harbor

    May 21, 2017 8:35 PM

    A young girl feeding a sea lion on a dock in British Columbia was yanked into the water by the animal, and the terrifying moments were caught on video that was posted to YouTube. The girl was with her family on the dock, feeding the sea lion, when it... more »
  • STPSO recovers drowning victim at Slidell marina

    May 19, 2017 10:58 PM

    SLIDELL - The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a person who drowned while swimming at a boat launch. STPSO deputies say their Special Operations division began searching for a subject who went swimming around 3:30 p.m. The body of the victim was recovered around 5:45... more »
  • Ascension to flush out water system with chlorine burn Play Video

    May 8, 2017 7:15 PM

    ASCENSION – Thousands of Ascension Parish residents could see some changes to their water as the parish is flushing out its system with chemicals. Starting on Monday, the west side of Ascension Parish could see discoloration, a possible odor or maybe even a different taste in their water. It's all... more »
  • 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 »

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