Leann Fontenot was all set to sell her home in Greystone Golf & Country Club in Denham Springs. She had met with a real estate agent to list the house for sale in mid-August.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
The committee tasked with directing the state's recovery from historic floods that left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed throughout Louisiana has agreed to programs that aim to benefit small business and renters affected by the floods.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
A ninth-grader at McKinley High School was arrested Wednesday after a teacher found a disassembled .25 automatic handgun, with a live bullet in the magazine, in the student's pencil pouch, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office said.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thousands of flooded families across the Baton Rouge area are getting hung up on legal technicalities before they can even submit an application to receive their federal assistance.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington, D.C. to continue lobbying for more federal funds to aid the recovery from catastrophic floods that swept the state this year.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
The recovery of East Baton Rouge Parish schools from the historic flooding in August continues, including the partial reopening of flooded Park Forest Middle School on Dec. 12, but it’s remains a slow process, the superintendent said Tuesday.
Monday, November 28, 2016
A state corrections cadet was arrested Monday on allegations she pulled a gun and threatened to shoot a fellow cadet in the parking lot outside a former juvenile corrections facility in Baker where she worked, authorities said.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Black Friday was unlike any other for Livingston Parish, where instead of searching for early Christmas presents at deep discounts, some residents took a break from repairing homes that were ravaged in the August flood to set out for stores with s…
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Louis Johnson sat at a table full of strangers Thursday, making quick work of a steaming plate of turkey, stuffing, green beans and yams.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Louisiana is looking to line up billions more in federal money to aid recovery from catastrophic floods that have hit the state this year.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Consumer and business spending in East Baton Rouge Parish increased by 12.9 percent in September as people affected by the devastating August floods bought building materials and replaced water-damaged cars.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
GONZALES — In a moment alone recently, Valerie Dunn, 56, confessed there are times she craves privacy since her rented Baton Rouge townhouse flooded in August.
Why is there a dump site in the 15600 block of West Old Perkins? It stinks when you travel near it on Perkins Road! Who approved this dump? What are the parish rules and regulations regarding placing a dump without residential approval?
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Putting more than $1 billion into the hands of Louisiana flood survivors who took out loans to repair homes and businesses after August's flooding is proving more difficult than anticipated.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Baton Rouge's transit agency is performing some financial contortions to get through lean months ahead while fulfilling its promise to buy dozens of new buses.
Friday, November 18, 2016
The group tasked with leading the state's flood recovery has agreed to an initial round of housing plans that could help thousands of people get back into their damaged homes, with priority going to the poor and elderly or disabled.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
GONZALES — The Ascension Parish Council on Thursday extended the parish president's prior waiver of all building permit fees for flood-damaged homes for the next six months.
The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is temporarily offering open slots in its magnet schools to qualified students displaced by the August floods.
The Baton Rouge and Lake Charles areas will remain the state's construction hotspots for at least the next two years, but a recent $2.4 billion federal settlement with New Orleans could mean "unprecedented" infrastructure work, panelists at the So…
Warren Kron stood in front of a map of East Baton Rouge splattered in green. Each dot represents a person who had called for rescue during the August flood.
When they think of it, John and Carol Lizana have a lot to be thankful for. But, like many in their situation, they won’t celebrate Thanksgiving as they normally would.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
GONZALES — More than 1,500 homes in Ascension Parish have been deemed to have "substantial damage" after the August floods and must be elevated, be demolished or be relocated, parish officials said Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
GONZALES — Ascension Parish residents who've got some things to say about the recovery from the historic 2016 floods, or just want to learn more about the recovery efforts, will have their chance to do both 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Parish Courthous…
Baton Rouge can become a great city, but to do so all of its residents must have the opportunity to participate in the economy, a venture capitalist told participants Tuesday in the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Big Think event.
BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended a program that allows flood victims in Louisiana to stay in participating hotels temporarily.
Monday, November 14, 2016
After the historic floods, drinking-water service to nearly 3,000 Baton Rouge-area homes was disconnected for not timely paying their bills despite the governor’s emergency order for the company to wait.
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Central public schools have pushed back by three days when their five schools will return from winter break in order to give flooded Tanglewood Elementary a little more time to get ready to reopen.
The East Baton Rouge Parish school system had a decent financial cushion prior to the August floods, but the millions it’s costing to repair flood damage is using up much of that money.
Some things you never forget: The birth of a child. The death of a loved one. The flooding of a home.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
BATON ROUGE — Louisiana residents with damage from the severe mid-August flooding have until Monday to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Friday, November 11, 2016
As city-parish crews continue to make their final sweeps to collect debris in neighborhoods swamped during August's historic floods, a local coalition is stressing there will likely be a need for follow-up service to many families lagging behind i…
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Baton Rouge community is getting a little help from Beyonce's family — mother Tina, sister Solange and friend Kelly Rowland — in recovering from catastrophic flooding last August that left many people homeless.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
As President-elect Donald Trump works to build his administration and fine-tune the agenda he'll push, Louisiana Republicans say they see openings for the state to secure prominent roles and benefit from new policies.
Two days after Robert Blair filed a flood insurance claim for his St. Amant home, an Allstate adjuster came out, calculated the damage at $85,000, and cut Blair a check for $10,000 to help with gutting and demolition.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Louisiana leaders say they expect that the effort to secure additional federal aid for the state's flood recovery will move quickly over the coming weeks.
GONZALES — A Gonzales-based tomb company has completed the restoration or re-interment of 60 graves disturbed in the August floods, Ascension Parish officials said.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
The marching band at flooded Park Forest Middle School has raised about $25,000 in the past few weeks — enough to pay for the whole band to march in the annual Veterans Day celebration in Washington, D.C.
Shamiya James, 11, selected a pattern known as “Chemystery, light on curves and heavy on straight lines, on which to base her drawing.
Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to lobby for additional federal aid for Louisiana's flood recovery, The Advocate reported on Monday.
Monday, November 07, 2016
Gov. John Bel Edwards will head back to Washington, D.C. this week to lobby for additional federal aid for Louisiana's recovery from catastrophic floods this year.
Sunday, November 06, 2016
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana residents affected by August flooding have one week left to register for disaster help with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Facing intermittent shortfalls in some kinds of manufactured housing units, FEMA has contracted with seven companies around the nation to build 3,700 such units for residents displaced by the August floods in Louisiana, officials said.
Flood debris pickup contractors will make their final sweep starting Monday in Baton Rouge to collect what's left of damaged homes from August floods.
Friday, November 04, 2016
Baton Rouge-based home nursing and hospice firm Amedisys Inc. saw its third-quarter profit increase to $11.4 million, or 34 cents per share, compared with $8.4 million, or 25 cents per share, a year earlier.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
LIVINGSTON — Livingston Parish Assessor Jeff Taylor says his office so far has found 45 percent of the parish's homes and businesses flooded in August, a figure much lower than the initial 80 percent estimate.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Homeowners in the Old Jefferson area of Baton Rouge say they were recently hit by thieves who took tools and other items from their flood-damaged homes, according to a report by WBRZ-TV.
Monday, October 31, 2016
In “The Wizard of Oz,” a tornado tears the young girl Dorothy away from her home in Kansas. She’s unable to escape the strange land she’s marooned in until she taps her ruby slippers and says the magic words, “There’s no place like home.”
Sunday, October 30, 2016
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards and his family hope to be back in the Louisiana Governor's Mansion by the end of November, months after the devastating mid-August flooding displaced them.
Saturday, October 29, 2016
CHASE, La. (AP) — Louisiana sweet potato growers are experiencing a tough harvest period following record rains that hit the state in August.
Friday, October 28, 2016
A task force that will be making key recommendations on Louisiana's recovery from catastrophic floods this year on Friday delayed a vote on the initial component of the state's plan for housing.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
The task force that has been charged with directing Louisiana's flood recovery efforts will on Friday consider the first major component of the state's long-term housing plan.
Citing “family and personal interests,” Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School’s first president, James Llorens, has announced he will leave the school in December, just months after the school opened.
For months, the Park Forest Middle School band, 100 members strong, has been planning to march in the annual Veterans Day celebration in Washington, D.C.
H&E Equipment Services Inc., a Baton Rouge-based construction equipment firm, reported its third-quarter profit slipped to $11.7 million, or 33 cents per share, compared to $14.8 million, or 42 cents per share, a year earlier.
Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home nursing firm, warned Thursday that its third-quarter earnings will fall short of Wall Street forecasts, partly because of August's floods and the move to a new software system.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Two months, $30 million and 1.6 million cubic yards of trash later, debris cleanup from the August flood is beginning to wind down, but East Baton Rouge leaders are worried the parish's garbage contractor won't be able to keep up with demand as pe…
Five vacant spaces at Cortana Mall have been temporarily transformed into Red Stick Retail Shop, which is offering free new clothing to thousands in the Baton Rouge area whose wardrobes were depleted from the August flood.
Stanford freshman cornerback and former University High star Malik Antoine was away at school when the floods hit his Baton Rouge childhood home.
Baton Rouge-area home sales were down 1.6 percent in September compared with the year before as the devastating August floods continued to impact the market.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Faced with the daunting task of reassessing thousands of flood-damaged buildings, assessors in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes have decided to move forward with across-the-board reductions of all the inundated structures’ values.
Baton Rouge-area groups that are assisting poor people affected by the catastrophic floods that left 13 people dead and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed are getting a boost from a New Orleans-based civil rights advocacy group.
A little boy in South Carolina, moved by a photo of a little boy who lost most of his possessions in the Louisiana floods in August, decided to make a difference, according to a report by TV news magazine Inside Edition.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Reconstruction of flooded Tanglewood Elementary School, which is supposed to done by January, in time for the second semester, was rushed into construction last month. Central school officials have been expecting change orders and they got them: a…
Saturday, October 22, 2016
The state at this point hasn't property documented how it spent about a quarter of the federal hazard mitigation money allocated in the first half of 2016 — and without better accounting for that $22.3 million, Louisiana could face withholding of …
Friday, October 21, 2016
ST. AMANT — Window panes dusted with dirt up to a sharp line of demarcation, two-tone porch screens with a clear line separating the two shades, bits of dark grit on the white columns of a front porch, and sheds and AC units turned on their sides.
As unprecedented flooding decimated much of Louisiana, the National Guard swept into action, rescuing well over 20,000 people.
When Livingston Parish students return from the holiday break in January, two more flood-damaged schools will reopen and three others will relocate to temporary campuses as officials decide whether to repair or replace some of their buildings.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has increased the amount of federal money he thinks the state needs for flood recovery efforts — from $2.8 billion to $4 billion.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
East Baton Baton Rouge Parish school officials on Thursday got the green light to seek proposals from construction firms to manage the reconstruction of nine schools and four administrative centers damaged during the historic flooding in August.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The historic August floodwaters were still standing in people’s homes when a photo of Catherine “C.C.” Bihm exploded all over the internet.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Even as the people of East Baton Rouge Parish focus on rebuilding what was destroyed by the August flood, they must select a new leader who can look to the horizon and implement strategies to blunt the damage caused by future storms.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Two months after the south Louisiana floods killed 13 people and displaced more than 100,000, federal authorities finally are installing mobile homes in earnest – though not fast enough for Don Young, who because of the rules will have to sleep on…
I saw someone post on social media that her homeowners insurance policy was going to cover her losses from the flooding because the cause was determined to be “stormwater backup.” That was surprising to me. Does homeowners insurance really cover t…
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Republican Congressman Garret Graves recently told an LSU auditorium full of researchers examining the August floods that the long-stalled Comite River Diversion Canal must be the priority as the region looks at several complementary flood-control…
Stacy Creel, a native of Baton Rouge and now an associate professor of library science at the University of Southern Mississippi, came home this weekend to root for her Golden Eagles football team in its longshot bid to upset the Tigers of LSU, se…
Friday, October 14, 2016
Louisiana leaders say they don't think that the state will struggle to get disaster aid after Hurricane Matthew ripped across the southeastern United States, but the potential competition for recovery money does put more pressure on officials to q…
"Louisiana Rising," a star-studded, televised concert last month benefiting the Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief fund will re-air three times over the next few days.
State, local and federal agencies are hosting a disaster recovery resource fair on Saturday for homeowners and renters impacted by August's floods.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
TruFund Financial Services Inc., a not-for-profit Community Development Financial Institution, is partnering with Capital One Bank to provide low-interest loans to small businesses affected by Louisiana's record flooding.
Louisiana stands to get $437.8 million in federal disaster aid in the coming months, as leaders work to develop a long-term plan for recovery from catastrophic flooding that has left thousands of homes damaged or destroyed across the state.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
GONZALES — Ascension Parish debris removal contractors have collected enough post-flood trash to cover a football field with debris almost 141 feet high, or roughly the height of a 13-story building.
People recovering from recent floods in south Louisiana will receive another month of assistance in buying groceries as they try to rebuild from the floods.
Sunday, October 09, 2016
One week after Kim and Kevin Galloway bought the UPS Store on Range Avenue, the skies opened up, the rivers rose and their new business, like thousands of others, flooded. The Galloways were lucky in one way. Their franchisor immediately sent help…
Saturday, October 08, 2016
The dumping of flood debris at a landfill in the north Baton Rouge community of Alsen has reawakened contentious debates about where debris should go in East Baton Rouge parish and whose lives are most affected by landfills.
A few weeks after the August flood, a Federal Emergency Management Agency engineer appeared before the East Baton Rouge Metro Council and remarked that the parish has the strictest flood-related building codes she's ever seen.
Louisiana leads the country in properties that are repeatedly swamped by water and rebuilt using flood insurance payments, with state residents receiving $1.2 billion since 1978 for damage to houses and businesses that have flooded multiple times.
Friday, October 07, 2016
FEMA has waived a rule that prevented owners of multi-family dwellings in flood-prone areas from participating in a lease and repair program.
The National Center for Disaster Fraud has fielded 1,200 calls about potential fraud stemming from the floods in Louisiana in August and its agents want the public to report any additional activity related to suspicious contractors and identity th…
Two months after the start of the 2016-17 school year was interrupted by flooding, dispersing its students into three different locations, Twin Oaks Elementary returned home Monday.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
WALKER – As many as 100,000 people in East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes may have received additional flooding because of the concrete safety wall built along the median of Interstate 12, an attorney for the city of Walker said Thursday.
Like so many others, Russell and Amy Comeaux never imagined that the home they built in Clearlake Estates in 2001 would be one of thousands devastated by this summer's flood.
DONALDSONVILLE — About one-fifth of the homes in Ascension Parish reviewed so far for flood damage have crossed a national flood insurance threshold that could require home elevation, demolition or removal, parish officials said Thursday.
State and federal disaster officials said Thursday that more than a thousand houses have been repaired enough for survivors to return while they continue rebuilding to their homes.
Approximately 75 percent of the debris from the August flood in Baton Rouge and unincorporated areas of the parish has been collected, the East Baton Rouge Parish mayor-president's office announced Thursday.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Mechael Williams was smiling from ear-to-ear Wednesday morning as she walked around a nearly empty sound stage at Celtic Studios — one of the shelters she and her three children were forced to call home for more than a month after August's destruc…
GONZALES — With debris removal underway for more than a month in Ascension Parish since the August floods, parish officials announced collection procedures this week to gather up lingering piles of flood debris not in public rights of way.
The federal government should quickly distribute the extra money for Louisiana’s flood victim that the U.S. Congress approved late last week, the state’s congressional delegation wrote Wednesday in a letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Ho…
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
People waiting for debris to be cleared from their yards have until Friday to apply for a city-parish program that will allow workers to clear debris that's placed on their private property.
Home Depot is looking to hire as many as 150 full- and part-time workers at two stores to accommodate customers who are dealing with flood rebuilding.
DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Parish School Superintendent David Alexander has hired an architectural firm to design the setup of temporary classroom buildings for schools damaged by the August floods.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For 27 years, the Jazz Foundation of America has quietly helped to rebuild the lives of musicians snagged by disasters like the unprecedented flooding that swamped Louisiana in August.
Monday, October 03, 2016
Three of the five greater Baton Rouge area public school districts that had schools suffer flood damage in August have lost enrollment compared with a year ago, including previously fast growing Central and Livingston Parish, according to prelimin…
Fifty small businesses damaged by the August floods were awarded $200,000 in grants during the second round of funding by the Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund.
Count Gov. John Bel Edwards among the many Louisianans who were dissatisfied with how the American Red Cross responded to the record-breaking floods in August.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
With all the vehicles totaled in the flood, is there a procedure for the owners to seek a refund of the unused portion of the license plate fee? If so, can one seek the refund without surrendering the plate, as for most people, the vehicle is in t…
Like much of Louisiana, candidates for the U.S. Senate mobilized to help as thousands of their neighbors recovered from August’s historic flooding.
Friday, September 30, 2016
GONZALES — The Ascension Parish tax assessor's new tally of homes and businesses that flooded last month suggests damage from the historic flood that inundated parts of Prairieville, Gonzales, Galvez, St. Amant and Sorrento may not be nearly as wi…
Recovery efforts for Denham Springs High School and Denham Springs Freshman High, both severely flooded in August, are on track to have students return to campus by the start of spring semester, Livingston Parish Schools Superintendent Rick Wentze…
Officials working to figure out who's inside all the caskets washed out of graves during last month's floods are using a process of elimination that might go as deep as cracking open the burial containers so the LSU Faces Laboratory can perform fo…
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The day is drawing nearer when the reality of what people lost in last month's floods will hit them, mental health professionals say.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The East Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday night signed a $47 million check to pay for flood damage.
GONZALES — The city of Gonzales has completed the pickup of flood debris, marking an important psychological step in flood recovery for the community.
DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Parish school district staff will propose to FEMA officials next week a way to bring the student bodies of flood-damaged schools back together, in some cases in temporary buildings on their original school campuses.
The low oil prices that have mired Louisiana's economy in a two-year slump will continue to depress growth through 2017, but the state will begin to recover in 2018, with Baton Rouge and Lake Charles powering growth in an economic forecast that do…
Louisiana appears to be in line for nearly $500 million in federal aid to kick-start a long-term housing recovery from the catastrophic floods that left 13 people dead and thousands of homes damaged or destroyed last month.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
BAKER — The Red Cross-run shelter in the Baker Municipal Building on Groom Road will be closing at noon on Friday, Mayor Darnelle Waites announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting.
Central City Council made it official at their Tuesday night meeting that the owners of substantially damaged homes from August’s flooding don’t have to rebuild to the one-foot-above-base flood elevation.
Two days into his new job as the literacy specialist at Baton Rouge's Glen Oaks Park Elementary, Trey Veazey's library lost every book. Every book.
WALKER — The City Council has agreed to retain the Baton Rouge law firm of deGravelles Palmintier to sue the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development over an alleged faulty design of the portion of Interstate 12 that runs on the sout…