The mayor or Port Arthur, Texas, has abandoned a plan to use barges to temporarily house 600 flood victims, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
An estimated 40 percent of children and adults who survive disasters such as flooding experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an organization called Resilient Baton Rouge.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
The Newtron Group and founder Newton B. Thomas have committed $1.5 million to the Water Campus, a 35-acre science campus on the riverfront downtown.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Property losses from the flooding in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey's record-breaking rainfall will be between $65 billion and $75 billion, according to estimates from catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide.
Monday, September 04, 2017
The billions of dollars in flood damage Hurricane Harvey wrought in Texas puts pressure on a debt-ridden National Flood Insurance Program that is fast approaching a deadline for a congressional overhaul — or at least a temporary reauthorization.
Sunday, September 03, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017
Former Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden appeared as a guest on National Public Radio's "IA" program this week, speaking about the challenges Louisiana's capital city faced when taking in a huge influx of Hurricane Katrina evacuees in 2005.
Concerns about flooding in Baton Rouge have prompted the city-parish to move forward with creating a "stormwater master plan" expected to outline a list of projects to address drainage.
A jailed Baton Rouge contractor accused in East Baton Rouge and several other parishes of defrauding victims of last summer's catastrophic flooding got emotional in court Friday, complaining to a judge that he's paid out $400,000 in attorneys' fee…
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
RICHMOND, Texas — As a native of St. Bernard Parish, Charles Arcement is a veteran at outlasting hurricanes. There were Betsy and Camille in his younger days. And in 2005, a decade after he moved to a Houston suburb, he returned to Louisiana to o…
Monday, August 28, 2017
Victims of the August 2016 flood have been given another extension, this one until Dec. 31 to file claims with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
As Louisianians continue to cope with the fallout from last year's devastating flooding, mental health professionals say they worry about their ability to provide adequate care in a state where resources were already stretched.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
GoFundMe's security team has reached out to state officials in Louisiana and Texas, in anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey later this week, which could spawn several fundraising causes.
Federal authorities have granted East Baton Rouge another extension to continue helping the city-parish with the cost of collecting storm debris from last summer's flood.
Atlanta-based Audubon Communities, which paid $33.3 million for the St. Jean Apartments, will completely renovate the 624-unit complex and rename it The Reserve at White Oak.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has asked FEMA to give victims of the August 2016 flood until Dec. 31 to file claims with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Baton Rouge public schools have steadily added students since school started Aug. 9, easing early fears of a sizable enrollment decline. Even so, overall enrollment is still slightly below where it stood before the historic flood in August 2016.
Friday, August 18, 2017
As the state works to ramp up its flood recovery programs, some homeowners still seeking assistance a year after the historic floods told a panel tasked with overseeing efforts that they are growing frustrated with the process.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Together Baton Rouge launched a website Thursday it hopes will help the state get more victims of last year's historic floods qualified to receive a share of more than $1 billion in federal recovery money.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Dr. Ben Carson, the U.S. housing secretary, made plenty of cuts and incisions during a renowned career as a neurosurgeon.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
More than a year ago, the choir at Living Faith Christian Center belted out “it will get better” as they consoled a mourning Baton Rouge community at the funeral of a Baton Rouge police officer killed in the July 17, 2016, ambush.
Angela Stokes lost nearly everything she gathered in her 26 years in prison when it flooded in August 2016, including photos of her now grown children and legal paperwork that could be key in an upcoming pardon board hearing.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The Advocate's first flood-related report came in a tweet at 6:47 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2016. It was a Thursday morning.
Louisiana leaders are still asking the federal government for more money to aid the recovery from last year's historic floods, but a year after the storm it remains unclear how much more the state should expect.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
AMITE CITY — Dorothy Brooks sat in the same wheelchair, in the same Amite City house as she did Aug. 12, 2016, the day the water rose. This time, almost a year later, she sat ready to meet the man who rescued her.
A year after the devastating flood, we wanted to know how the disaster changed people's lives. Some are still struggling, others learned about the importance of family and community, still others could see a silver lining in letting go of just too…
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
On Aug. 18, 2016, I took a video journey through Central's Bellingrath neighborhood to show the devastation caused by the flooding that occurred just two days earlier.
The National Flood Insurance Program is a broken government program that serves as "an expensive subsidy for wealthy Americans," and the time is right for massive changes, experts at a libertarian think tank argued in a Politico op-ed on Tuesday.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Not long after National Guard trucks and an armada of small boats carried families out of swamped neighborhoods throughout the Baton Rouge area last August, local and federal officials pored over maps and pulled out calculators to produce jaw-drop…
“I first got here, it was like being in Iraq. Everything had been hit,” Scott Cimino said of Livingston Parish and its housing stock when he saw the August 2016 flood devastation.
We've seen flooding, but not like this. Water was deeper than its ever been and in places that it was never supposed to reach. In some cases, only a view from above could make us appreciate just how massive this flood really was.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Even when floodwater began to seep under the back door and Sandra Winfrey broke out the mop and towels, she didn’t really think her house was at risk.
West Wendover Drive is just one block in the city of Baton Rouge out of the estimated 92,000 households statewide affected by the August 2016 flood.
In August 2016, historic floods devastated parts of south Louisiana after a slow-moving system dumped more than 20 inches of rain in parts of East Baton Rouge and nearby parishes in a three-day span.
Friday, August 04, 2017
The Coast Guard is giving medals to four good Samaritans for rescuing a woman and her dog during historic flooding in Louisiana last summer, a dramatic scene captured on video.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Louisiana public schools are among the most at risk in the nation for flooding, according to a new report.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Monday, July 31, 2017
Lillie Gumm is about two weeks away from moving back into her house that took on three feet of water during last year's historic floods.
As reconstruction began after the August floods, one of the most pressing tasks was determining which property owners, under federal flood insurance program rules, would have to elevate damaged homes.
Friday, July 28, 2017
A Covington contractor was arrested Friday after he allegedly bilked a Baton Rouge couple out of $12,800 they had paid him in August to repair their flooded home,according to East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
BAKER — Nearly a year after the devastating August flood, much of the City Council meeting Tuesday night focused on continued rebuilding and recovery.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Researchers have collected reams of data since last summer's flood, and now LSU has assembled a group of academics and professionals it believes can translate that information into new policies for political leaders.
Monday, July 17, 2017
GONZALES — Ascension Parish government's bill for the 2016 flood is coming in at a nearly $24.7 million, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reimbursed 30 percent of that cost so far, a new parish homeland security tally shows.
As the National Flood Insurance program is $25 billion in debt, Congress is eyeing an overhaul of the program that's critical in flood-prone Louisiana, according to The Washington Post. And one example that typifies the program's massive financial…
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Saturday night was supposed to be a party for Central, but rain put a damper on the city's planned 12th annual birthday bash.
Friday, July 14, 2017
People who live in areas affected by last year's catastrophic floods are being urged on television and radio, by billboards and at community events to enter themselves into the state's disaster recovery program pipeline.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Applications for the programs that provide rebuilding assistance to homeowners affected by last year's historic floods are being extended to some who had flood insurance and beyond the initial low-income requirement.
Bella of Baton Rouge, a 220-unit apartment complex located between Interstate 12 and Old Hammond Highway, has partially re-opened nearly a year after most of the property flooded.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Brian Coleman stood outside his house in Centurion Place off O'Neal Lane where he's stacked ruined drywall and flooring and other detritus soaked by last summer's flood.
Private flood insurance would reduce premiums for 69 percent of single-family homes in Louisiana, with 42 percent of homeowners paying less than one-fifth the price of policies purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program, according to a…
Sunday, July 09, 2017
In the midst of the chaos created as floodwaters inundated south Louisiana in August, Jason Ard found himself alone in a hallway, praying for help.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Debris removal crews will start making a final pass through East Baton Rouge Parish to collect any remaining debris from August's flood beginning on Monday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome's office announced Friday.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that a Louisiana school board will receive an additional $6.4 million in disaster recovery funding after August 2016's floods.
Friday, June 30, 2017
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy pleaded with flood-affected constituents at a pair of town hall meetings Friday to fill out the state's relief survey, even if they don't qualify for additional federal aid.
Democrats on a U.S. congressional committee have asked the president of a company that oversaw the maintenance of FEMA trailers issued to victims of Louisiana's historic floods in August whether he wants to change or withdraw testimony he made tha…
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
DONALDSONVILLE — With construction underway at two flood-damaged Ascension Parish public schools, with no word yet on federal reimbursement, the restoration project for a third school that flooded is ready to bid — if the school district can find …
Saturday, June 24, 2017
While Louisiana has just lived through Tropical Storm Cindy and the anniversary of last August's devastating floods is fast approaching, Congress is wrestling with proposals for revising the flood insurance program that have cost-saving measures c…
Friday, June 23, 2017
Pat Forbes, a top state official behind Louisiana's 2016 flood recovery program, broke the bad news at meetings in late 2016 and early 2017.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council may amend a new ordinance aimed at keeping burial vaults secure in the ground, an ordinance adopted after last summer's flood displaced close to 200 of them in the parish.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Leaders in East Baton Rouge and surrounding parishes said Tuesday that workers were picking up debris in ditches, off sidewalks and clearing drainage canals in one precautionary step as Tropical Storm Cindy looms and reawakens concerns about the f…
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Istrouma High School is reopening Aug. 9, but its sixth-to-eighth-graders will spend the first semester of the new school year somewhere else, dashing hopes that all of Istrouma's students could arrive at the renovated north Baton Rouge school at …
ST. AMANT — Work is underway to restore St. Amant Primary, the first of the five severely flood-damaged Ascension Parish schools to see repairs begin almost a year after the devastating rains of last August.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Louisiana landlords with rental houses walloped by 2005's Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were eventually promised state help to rebuild: If they could get loans to rehab their properties, the state government would later reimburse them.
Friday, June 16, 2017
ST. AMANT — Dalton Vicknair waited Friday morning for a siding company truck to show up at his home on Huntington Drive in southern Ascension Parish.
Monday, June 12, 2017
A Baton Rouge contractor accused of defrauding victims of the August flooding in three parishes pleaded not guilty Monday in East Baton Rouge Parish to four counts of residential contractor fraud and one count of filing or maintaining false public…
Friday, June 09, 2017
Citing passages from the Bible that call for turning the other cheek, loving one’s neighbor and doing right in the eyes of the Lord, Baton Rouge contractor Matthew Morris asked his subcontractors to show compassion toward homeowners Morris is accu…
Monday, June 05, 2017
Dealing with a government agency like FEMA, you're sure to get "your skirt a little ruffled." Hence, the name of John Schneider's new album, "Ruffled Skirts."
Sunday, June 04, 2017
When the rain kept coming last August and sent East Baton Rouge Parish government workers into overdrive as they helped with the immediate responses to widespread flooding, only one city-parish agency paid its high-level managers for the overtime …
More than 2,200 volunteers from across the country and around the world will get a taste of Acadian culture this week as they aid Lafayette Parish residents still recovering from the August 2016 floods.
Friday, June 02, 2017
Nearly 10 months after August's historic floods put BREC'S Howell Community Park under eight feet of water, the park in north Baton Rouge is reopening to the public this weekend.
Thursday, June 01, 2017
Already under indictment in Ascension and Livingston parishes, jailed Baton Rouge contractor Matthew Morris was accused Thursday by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury of defrauding residents in the wake of August's unprecedented flooding.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
More than nine months after catastrophic floods damaged thousands of homes across south Louisiana, the first signs of the state's major housing recovery efforts are starting to show.
Federal assistance paying for Louisiana flood victims to stay in hotel and motel rooms came to an end Wednesday, with the 73 families still relying on the temporary shelter told they had to move on.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
BAKER — The Baker School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a contract with Manning Architects of New Orleans to renovate Baker High School, which was damaged during the historic flooding in August.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Even as neighboring Livingston Parish is planning to cut 40 positions to deal with the loss of students after August's flooding, East Baton Rouge Parish, which lost an even greater percentage of its students, is opting to draw from budget reserves…
Thursday, May 25, 2017
A recent ban on ground-level burial vaults in Livingston Parish cemeteries may be amended after impassioned pleas Thursday from residents who said the regulation violates their religious beliefs and creates financial hardships.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
While working toward rebuilding three campuses still shuttered by the August flood, Livingston Parish school officials are facing another hurdle as they prepare for the next academic year: a significant drop in student population that will trigger…
The floods of 2016 didn't just swamp houses and businesses across swaths of Louisiana, but also hurt many people who lost income because of job disruptions, according to a new Community Resilience Study conducted by LSU's Manship School of Mass Co…
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Louisiana will receive another $51.4 million in federal flood recovery dollars raising the state's total allocation to about $1.7 billion, according the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Total damage from the August flooding is likely to cost the East Baton Rouge Parish school system between $75 million and $100 million, according to newly released figures.
A state Senate panel on Monday advanced a resolution that would assert more legislative oversight over the nearly $1.7 billion in federal aid Louisiana has received to aid the recovery from last year's catastrophic floods.
A senior housing development is being planned for Gardere Lane, with the East Baton Rouge Parish Housing Authority's development arm billing the project as a way to help vulnerable seniors, especially those affected by the August floods, while the…
Friday, May 12, 2017
Louisiana leaders are ramping up flood recovery programs this month to help homeowners rebuild, assist small business owners and add to the rental housing stock in the wake of last year's historic floods.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
To get the word out about assistance that's available to people affected by last year's historic floods, Gov. John Bel Edwards has turned to someone who has no trouble getting people's attention.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
The state will be hosting a series of events this month to help flood-affected homeowners complete the initial survey required to apply for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.
Friday, May 05, 2017
Baton Rouge will serve as the test site for a program designed to convert hundreds of temporary FEMA workers into reservists — creating a ready-made response team prepared to tackle any future disasters in this area.
An extension has been granted until Sept. 1 for victims of the August flood who had flood insurance to file their proof-of-loss claims, which help determine how much money they receive for repairs.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
GONZALES — Residents of a Gonzales street that has repeatedly flooded since its first houses were built in the mid-1980s — and which suffered the same fate in the August flood — may be eligible for a federal home buyout program that would transfor…
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
The firm that built a more than 3-mile section of a concrete Interstate 12 median barrier from Juban Crossing to La. 447 in Walker claims it is not legally responsible for the August flooding that swamped that area of Livingston Parish.
Victims of the August flood who had flood insurance will likely receive more time to file their proof-of-loss claims, which help determine how much money they receive for repairs.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
BAKER — The School Board will begin reviewing designs and deciding whether to rebuild or renovate Baker High School later this month.
Monday, May 01, 2017
Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham Springs Republican whose home flooded during the historic August floods, has added a clause to the proposed state spending plan that would take flood aid for homeowners and put it toward a project meant to prevent fut…
Louisiana would receive less than $400 million in additional flood recovery funds under a spending proposal Congress is mulling this week.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
DENHAM SPRINGS — The compliance director of the state's contractor licensing board said the agency is doing everything it can to keep up with the number complaints that have poured into the office since the floods of last year.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards has joined the governors of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia in a bipartisan call on Congress to provide for disaster recovery aid as it puts together a federal government spending measure this week.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The ink is finally dry on the state's contract to manage $1.3 billion in federal assistance for a home rebuilding program and the estimated price tag for North Carolina-based IEM has been tabulated at $308 million.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Victim's of August's flood shouldn't worry about their flood insurance rates increasing for the next several years, until flood hazard maps are updated, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Roughly 400,000 of Louisiana’s flood insurance policyholders could see cheaper prices and better coverage if Congress makes it easier later this year for insurers to sell private flood coverage, industry experts say.
Cynthia Britton choked back tears as she waited at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard on Saturday clutching a photo of her granddaughter Alexis.
More than 80,000 homes in Louisiana were damaged last year by floods in March and August. Across the Baton Rouge area, families are returning to restored houses swamped by the August waters. But many others are just getting started or remain stalled.
When Michelle Green returned in August to her home in Greenwell Springs, she was greeted by more than the already-bad-enough four feet of floodwater that destroyed her kids' toys and wrecked keepsakes from her husband.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Old Jefferson is a study in contrasts. Move away from the brick homes fronted by pristine lawns near Jefferson Highway and the lingering effects of August's floods can readily be seen from the street.
A large, concrete canal known as Hurricane Creek snakes southward through the heart of north Baton Rouge, flowing past Will Smith’s one-story home on Linden Street. Eight months ago, after record rains, water surged out of the canal into Smith’s house.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Acknowledging he opted too late to seek community input, East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake on Thursday removed controversial proposals to merge schools in the Capitol, Broadmoor and Glen Oaks areas, allowing easy passage of a lar…
An ugly feud between two of Louisiana's most prominent elected leaders tasked with the state's flood recovery reached a fever pitch Thursday, with both camps expressing utter exasperation and accusing each other of hurting the victims of 2016's hi…
A losing firm that bid on the state's lucrative flood recovery contract filed a protest Thursday after another company won the contract with a more expensive price.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library is hosting free photo restoration Friday and Saturday to give flood victims the opportunity to salvage important and family photos damaged in August's flood.
Louisiana leaders are hoping that by the end of this month, the state will have an additional $2 billion in federal aid for the state's recovery from last year's historic floods.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Two $20 million contracts to maintain and eventually deactivate nearly 4,350 FEMA mobile homes set up in Louisiana after last year's floods are on hold for at least a month and possibly until mid-July after three companies protested the bid awards…
Thursday, April 13, 2017
IEM, a North Carolina-based disaster management company, has for a second time been awarded the contract to oversee the state's $1.6 billion flood recovery plan, after previously winning and then being stripped of the contract in a botched bid pro…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Louisiana lawmakers on Wednesday aired their frustrations over the state's recovery from last year's historic floods and the aid that's being provided to its victims.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
The following is a partial transcript of Gov. John Bel Edwards' meeting with The Advocate editorial board and Capitol bureau on Monday, April 10. The hour-long meeting has been lightly edited for content and clarity.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Nearly eight months after historic floods swept across south Louisiana, the state has been granted access to the federal funds it needs to establish programs meant to help homeowners rebuild.
The Louisiana governor's office is warning flood victims not to fall prey to people trying to seek money in exchange for help with the state's new online survey system.
Homeowners affected by the historic floods that swept Louisiana in March and August can now begin the initial application process for the state's upcoming housing recovery programs.