A Slidell man is accused of abandoning work on a flooded Baton Rouge home after accepting nearly $50,000 from the homeowner, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to consider the impact that the Republican president's budget proposal could have on Louisiana's flood recovery efforts and projects that could prevent future natural disasters for the state.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
A company seeking a lucrative contract to run housing recovery programs following last years catastrophic floods is taking legal action to try to stop the state from scrapping its initial solicitation of bids.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
With more than 45,000 flood victims still living with relatives, the state Tuesday launched a statewide effort to find property owners and landlords who can provide short and long term housing.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Seven months after devastating floods destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes in metro Baton Rouge, contractors and suppliers say the snail's pace of rebuilding is finally getting a bit better.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Some Baton Rouge flood victims are still living in their garages. Others have been victimized twice: first by the flood and then by robbers seeking what little they have left. And a few are still concerned about flooding from poorly maintained ditches.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Baton Rouge police detectives arrested a Denham Springs contractor for allegedly taking deposits and payments from two homeowners and then never completing the work on their homes.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Although she lost everything when her home flooded with three and a half feet of water in August, Yolanda Jernigan says she feels rich, but with relationships and memories rather than material things.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
After struggling for months to identify remains and to reinter dozens of caskets and vaults upended by the August flood, Livingston Parish officials on Thursday proposed new regulations for burials in the parish’s cemeteries.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
More than a year before authorities across the Baton Rouge area accused contractor Matthew Morris of defrauding over two dozen clients with homes ruined by the August flood, Donna and Doug Cox filed a 92-page complaint with the state Attorney Gene…
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
As those who lost cell service during the August flood can attest, a phone line is a lifeline amidst a crisis.
Monday, March 06, 2017
The federal government has now spent more than $300 million fixing health centers, schools and other public facilities damaged in last summer's flood.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
East Baton Rouge Parish Superintendent Warren Drake is asking the School Board for feedback at a retreat Saturday on a series of changes that would close, reconfigure, merge or relocate a dozen schools.
Southern Louisiana just experienced the warmest February in history, with the average temperatures in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette breaking record highs for the month, according to the National Weather Service.
Half a foot of water destroyed thousands of books at the Greenwell Springs library in August, and though repairs are still underway, librarians are preparing to reopen to the public Friday morning.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Rural families that have been feeling particularly run down since the August flood may be getting sick from contaminated wells.
This year's Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade turned Baton Rouge's devastating August floods into cause for laughter on Saturday, with flamingo-themed floats satirizing FEMA, politicians and the red tape for flood victims trying to rebuild.
Saws hum, hammers pound and wheelbarrows squeak in the middle of the day in neighborhoods near Clay Cut Bayou in southeast Baton Rouge, where evidence of the August floods still tarnishes many lawns.
Friday, February 24, 2017
A federal law could delay the start of repairs to homes damaged in the 2016 floods – even stop those already underway – if the rehabilitations are being paid for by much of that recovery money Louisiana officials are hustling around Washington to get.
LIVINGSTON — A state district judge in Livingston Parish has set bail at $780,000 for a Baton Rouge contractor facing more than three dozen counts of defrauding homeowners and contracting without a license in that parish.
GONZALES — Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa left for Washington, D.C., Friday on a five-day trip to pitch federal agencies and the state’s congressional delegation on the need for three regional drainage projects and a host of other top dr…
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Baton Rouge contractor Matthew Morris has again been arrested on fraud, this time in Walker following similar arrests this month in Ascension Parish, East Baton Rouge Parish and Denham Springs.
GONZALES — Parish consulting engineer Michael Songy concluded Thursday that a new parish analysis of the August flood suggests the parish’s elevation standards for new construction are sufficient for much of the parish.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
The owner of a Baton Rouge construction company accused committing post-flood contractor fraud in Ascension Parish was back in jail in East Baton Rouge Parish for allegedly ripping off a 67-year-old woman in a storm repair deal back in 2014.
Monday, February 20, 2017
The owner of a Baton Rouge construction company accused of committing post-flood contractor fraud in Ascension Parish is wanted on similar allegations in Livingston Parish, Walker and Baton Rouge but remained at large Monday.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
GEISMAR – The Geismar Volunteer Fire Department station on La. 73, one of seven out of 11 fire stations that flooded in Ascension Parish, has regained a semblance of normalcy.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board agreed Thursday to seek bids for almost $16 million worth of flood-related repairs to five schools, including Glen Oaks High School, as well as repairs to an administrative center.
The state's plan for putting $438 million from Congress toward recovery from last year's historic flooding has won approval from the federal agency that administers the money.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Half a year after devastating floods swamped homes and businesses, hundreds of Louisiana families are still living in hotel rooms.
The federal government's flood insurance program has yet to pay out on hundreds of policies on buildings that flooded in August, FEMA said.
More than 600 families in the the Baton Rouge area are still living in hotels after last August's flood.
Monday, February 13, 2017
ST. AMANT – For the past six months, St. Amant High students have carried on the school year at Dutchtown High School, beginning their classes around noon and ending a little after 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
A lovable Labrador retriever mix displaced after the August flood in Baton Rouge has found happiness with his new owner, a player for the Cleveland Browns, according to a report.
Janet Torres hasn't lived under the same roof as her two teenage children or her boyfriend since floodwater engulfed their two acres in Livingston Parish, swallowing up the family's mobile home.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Baton Rouge government officials are trying to tear down as many blighted homes as possible in the next six months, hoping that FEMA will end up footing much of the bill.
Friday, February 10, 2017
GONZALES — A South Carolina contractor has been arrested on allegations of fraud after he was paid most of the agreed upon price to repair a flood-damaged home in Prairieville but left with only about half of the work completed, Ascension Parish s…
A Baton Rouge builder accused of committing contractor fraud against Ascension Parish flood victims asserted his innocence Friday hours after he posted bail and was released from jail.
Thursday, February 09, 2017
The Louisiana Bureau of Investigations arrested two Baton Rouge women Tuesday and accused them of fraudulently receiving FEMA funding after the August floods, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Flood victims can continue living for the next six months in motor homes, trailers and other forms of temporary housing on their property after the Metro Council voted Wednesday to extend the timeline allowing temporary housing on local lots.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday extended the lease on a warehouse it's used since the August flood, as well as extended a purchase agreement on that same building, which might prove to be the best option for a new warehouse operation.
East Baton Rouge Parish officials are taking steps to tear down property damaged and abandoned since August's flood and hope to get the federal government to pick up some of the costs.
Monday, February 06, 2017
People who had to borrow money from the U.S. Small Business Administration to rebuild their homes after the March and August floods as of now are plumb out of luck in getting government funds to help pay off that debt.
BAKER — The Baker school district should receive the final assessment on the status of flood-damaged Baker High School next week from Tillage Construction, schools Superintendent Herman Brister told the school board Tuesday night.
The flood that rocked Louisiana last summer was likely stronger than a so-called 500-year event in some places, new research suggests.
The August flood that wreaked havoc on the Capital region also has delayed the Baton Rouge Health District's plans for a diabetes and obesity center.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
The cost of repairing flooded schools in Baton Rouge is estimated at more than $62.5 million, some repairs will take years to complete and some of the flood-damaged schools may never reopen.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Prisoners waded out of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women six months ago, each clutching two laundry bags of belongings, as floodwaters engulfed the state's only prison for female offenders.
FEMA approved a third deadline extension for flood victims with insurance to file their proof of loss forms on Friday, giving those affected another three months to gather the necessary documentation to be compensated for flood damages.
Friday, February 03, 2017
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wants President Donald Trump's help in getting another $2 billion in federal aid for the state's recovery from last year's historic floods and loosening restrictions that limit how the money can be used.
YOUNGSVILLE — Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter appealed to the Restore Louisiana Task Force Friday, to not forget Youngsville when it comes to allocating funds and assistance to areas affected by the August flood.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
A long promised rethinking of school facilities in the wake of historic flooding last August will begin Saturday when the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board holds an all-day retreat.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
DONALDSONVILLE — Ten home and apartment owners have sued a regional sod company, claiming it reversed the flow of a key drainage canal and caused them to flood in August.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
CARA's House, the Ascension Parish animal shelter, recently got back inside its building in Sorrento after the August flood put it under water.
A critical deadline is approaching for victims of the August flood who have insurance, which could have a major impact on how much money they receive from their flood insurance companies to fix their homes and replace their belongings.
Monday, January 30, 2017
GONZALES — Five parish presidents in the Baton Rouge area have reached a consensus on three priority drainage projects in the wake of the August floods, Ascension Parish government said Monday.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
On the morning of Jan. 19, heavy rain began to fall on Baton Rouge, and the effect at Glen Oaks Park Elementary was immediate.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Kenneth Evans walked into the Southern University Law Center Saturday morning clutching a large brown envelope.
Friday, January 27, 2017
West Baton Rouge Parish experienced a bit of a building boom in 2016 — one officials believe was driven in part by flood victims seeking dryer pastures.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Livingston Parish Council voted Thursday to join a class-action lawsuit against the state over the Interstate 12 median wall that some officials insist worsened flooding for residents and businesses north of the highway in August.
Louisiana leaders are voicing frustration with the federal bureaucracy tied to $1.6 billion that Congress has set aside for the state's flood recovery, as the state's Congressional delegation pushes for more money.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Flooding in the Baton Rouge area and growth around Lake Charles helped push Louisiana to No. 8 among U.S. growth states in the 2016 U-Haul migration trends report.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Flood victims can receive free legal help addressing title issues at a Southern University Law Center event on Saturday.
Monday, January 23, 2017
A state senator and one-time candidate for Baton Rouge mayor has taken issue with the process Louisiana is using to divvy up the nearly $1.6 billion in flood recovery aid the state has received from Congress, and now he's seeking an official opini…
It's a question most people wonder but are too polite to ask: How much are your neighbors paying in property taxes, and how much money are their homes worth?
Federal funding for the Comite River Diversion Canal is so erratic that state officials may want to consider heavily revising or even scrapping the 25-year-old plan, Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera said Monday.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
GONZALES — Armed with new data from the August flood, Ascension Parish officials are going to revisit an old idea to dredge Bayou Manchac with the goal of improving drainage in the Spanish Lake and Bluff Swamp areas where water pooled for weeks la…
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Nearly half of the August flood victims surveyed by the state after they got help from Louisiana's house repair program said they didn't return home after the work was done, even though the goal of the effort was to get people back under their own roofs.
Friday, January 20, 2017
The task force overseeing how the state will spend federal money for the recovery from last year's catastrophic floods has signed off on a plan that could help nearly 36,000 homeowners rebuild.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
LIVINGSTON — The Livingston Parish School Board voted unanimously Thursday to join a class-action lawsuit against the state over construction of the Interstate 12 median wall that some officials say worsened flooding on the north side of the highw…
What if you could buy flood coverage from a private insurance company, pay less money and get the same or better benefits as a policy sold through the National Flood Insurance Program?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A mother and son who had been living in a tent since they lost their home in the August floods took cover from the rain Wednesday in an abandoned wood-frame house, which they accidentally set on fire as they were cooking lunch on a portable propan…
Baton Rouge nonprofits were able to respond to August's flood more quickly than past disasters, helping identify what victims needed and lining up donated goods and supplies while also raising funds to meet the most dire emergency needs.
Attorneys will be hosting a free legal fair later this month to help flood victims with paperwork necessary to secure federal assistance.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
GALVEZ - Work is underway to place temporary buildings on the campuses of four flood-damaged public schools in Ascension Parish so students can soon return "home."
Crawfish farmers and retailers alike are starting to get an idea of what their upcoming season will be like following a roller coaster year for weather marked by record setting rainfall and historic floods.
After Hurricane Katrina, there was tax relief for those who housed displaced evacuees. Will there be the same for the Great Flood of 2016?
At his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing Thursday, Dr. Ben Carson, the soon-to-be head of the federal agency that will provide the most money for repairing flood-damaged homes, got an earful on foot-dragging and Louisiana politics.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Flood victims still living in hotels and motels since August's floods are getting another reprieve, and now won't be forced to move out until Feb. 10.
The catastrophic floods that swept Louisiana last year — and the federal funding set aside to aid the state's recovery — became a topic during Thursday's confirmation hearing for Housing & Urban Development Secretary nominee Ben Carson.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The Advocate's coverage of the tumultuous summer in Baton Rouge — which featured the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling, an ambush that killed three local law enforcement officers and a devastating flood that heavily damaged tens of thousands…
U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy said he thinks the state should ban public officials and their family members from receiving flood recovery rebuilding contracts financed with federal disaster aid.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Denham Springs City Council on Tuesday agreed to hire the attorneys who filed a lawsuit last week against the state Department of Transportation and Development over an Interstate 12 median wall that may have worsened the August flood for many…
Monday, January 09, 2017
GONZALES — Almost five months after the historic August flood and with a new mayor-president in Baton Rouge, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has called for a "drainage summit" among area parishes.
Louisiana leaders are weighing three options for how the state will distribute funds to help homeowners affected by catastrophic floods that swept the state last year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With steamy nights, sticky days and torrential downpours, last year went down as one of the warmest and wildest weather years on record in the United States.
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Tension between property rights and flood control has created a fissure in Central, where the city planner has been let go under disputed circumstances and the head of the Planning and Zoning Commission has resigned in frustration.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
Ryleigh Rogers spent just one day of first grade at Tanglewood Elementary before several feet of flood water from the nearby Comite River inundated the area and sent her family and her school to temporary homes.
Friday, January 06, 2017
State leaders are moving forward with a plan that would direct about $1.3 billion to help homeowners rebuild from historic floods that swept Louisiana last year.
Baton Rouge residents placing new piles of flood debris on their curbs need to do so by Monday, Jan. 16, and notify the city-parish, or else the debris might not get picked up by the final day of removal operations on February 7.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
The cities of Denham Springs and Walker and others filed a class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation and Development on Thursday, claiming a median barrier built along Interstate 12 caused widespread destruction by preven…
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Brookstown Middle students displaced when their school flooded are changing locations again following the school system's winter break.
ST. AMANT — John and Sharon Pugh's two adult sons and their cousins stacked sandbags and put five pumps around their one-story house last August. But they couldn't stop the water.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
On her first day in office, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome told the Baton Rouge business community she wants to make sure local businesses receive a fair share of flood recovery contracts for rebuilding.
All schools in the Livingston Parish Public School District beginning Jan. 5 will add 21 minutes to their daily schedule along with four additional school days to make up for days missed from the flood, according to a post on the district's website.
Monday, January 02, 2017
When the state launched the Shelter at Home program just weeks after catastrophic flooding swept south Louisiana, the temporary home repair effort was hailed by leaders as a unique way to get thousands of people displaced by the floods back into t…
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Almost half of the 129,000 applications for disaster assistance from individuals and households after the August storms that inundated Louisiana came from areas considered to be at a lower risk of flooding, new federal data show.
For the first time in decades, the East Baton Rouge Parish public school system has fewer than 41,000 students enrolled, according to a recent state audit, with the plunge representing a potential loss of at least $4 million in state educational funding.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Flood insurance coverage in the Baton Rouge area spiked following August's record flooding, as the region added about 11,000 policies, an increase of more than 26 percent, from July 31 to Oct. 31.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
LIVINGSTON — Public agencies in Livingston Parish should expect to see a decrease in their property tax revenue next year, although just how big the drop will be remains unclear, the parish assessor said Tuesday.
A bit more than one-third of the roughly 4,000 Louisiana households eligible for help from the first batch of federal recovery aid for this year's catastrophic floods reside in East Baton Rouge Parish, state estimates show.
Residents of Central have one last chance starting Jan. 4 to get their debris from the devastating August floods picked up and hauled away at no cost.
Monday, December 26, 2016
ST. AMANT — As floodwater rose inside St. Amant High School in August, it crept up to the entrance of a new campus building going up just a stone's throw away.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
GONZALES — Gonzales city employees, including the mayor, will have worked more than six months in temporary offices by the time City Hall is restored to its preflood condition, which should occur by March.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas just doesn't feel like Christmas for Rose Williams. Her family of five will spend the holiday in a cramped hotel room, a refuge since their Central home took on 7 feet of water during August's floods.
Friday, December 23, 2016
More than $1.2 billion to help flood victims was awarded Friday by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
In the first few days after the torrential August rains, Brant Mitchell and his colleagues at LSU's Stephenson Disaster Management Institute took whatever flood information they could get.
FEMA says its close to making a decision on a planned 64-unit trailer park on South Choctaw Drive and Larkswood Drive to house flood victims — a site that's drawn opposition from a Metro Council member and nearby residents.
East Baton Rouge city-parish officials announced Thursday that debris removal operations from the recent flooding will be temporarily suspended during the holidays, beginning Dec. 23 with operations set to resume Jan. 3.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Livingston Parish officials together with Waste Management have created a relief fund for flood victims and will begin accepting applications in 2017.
A January hurricane, Earth's hottest year on record and the devastating Louisiana floods. These are some of the Top 9 weather events of 2016, according to WeatherSphere, a weather app company owned by the E.W. Scripps Co.
Monday, December 19, 2016
A new subdivision has been approved for the northwest side of Burbank Drive south of Highland Road despite concerns about floods spilling over the area in August and its proximity to Bayou Fountain.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Students from Glen Oaks High School in Baton Rouge are set to return their school grounds for classes sometime in the spring, but they will be moving back into a sea of temporary classrooms because a return to the permanent buildings will have to …
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Santa’s helpers traveled a long distance to make a special stop in Baton Rouge this weekend, though not from quite so far away as the North Pole.
Santa’s helpers traveled a long distance to make a special stop in Baton Rouge this weekend, though not from quite so far away as the North Pole.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
GONZALES — Whether the historic flood that inundated an estimated 6,400 homes and businesses in Ascension Parish should force a re-evaluation of parish development rules isn’t for the Planning Commission to decide.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Rental properties and owner-occupied houses will have an equal shot at an $11.1-million round of East Baton Rouge flood recovery funds that leaders hope to begin disbursing in the first quarter of 2017.
Boosted by the "fluke-ishly wet" amount of rain in August that led to the devastating floods, Baton Rouge is now on pace to break its record rainfall for the year, according to National Weather Service data.
Customers flocked to the re-opened Rouses store in Juban Crossing Wednesday, continuing the Denham Springs retail center's rebound four months after August's devastating flood.
Every flood victim who is waiting on a mobile home will be in their new housing by January 31, FEMA officials said Wednesday.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 12, 2016
A group planning a March 31 benefit for flood victims withdrew a request to sell beer at the event at Central High School after several Central School Board members said Monday night they’d vote no.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has invited Sen.-elect John N. Kennedy to take part in a briefing on the state's flood recovery efforts as Kennedy prepares to take office as the state's newest senator.
FEMA's response to the catastrophic floods that damaged much of south Louisiana in August has been unacceptable and needs to be "Cajunized," U.S. Rep. Garret Graves said on Monday to the Press Club of Baton Rouge.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
For the amount of money FEMA is spending on temporary mobile homes for flood victims, the federal agency could buy displaced residents modest houses in some parts of Baton Rouge.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
It will take efforts large and small to begin flood-proofing the Baton Rouge area, an architect recently told a group of environmentalists.
GONZALES — August's widespread flooding has cost Ascension Parish government nearly $14 million so far and more bills are expected next year, parish officials say.
Friday, December 09, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump told nearly 5,000 cheering fans who gathered in Baton Rouge on Friday that he wants Louisiana to help pad the GOP majority in the U.S. Senate by electing John N. Kennedy.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards had a private meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday to discuss federal assistance for the recovery from historic floods that swept Louisiana earlier this year.