Louisianans hit by floods in 2016 will want to dust off their old tax returns from that year to tap new deductions and cash in on hundreds of millions of federal tax relief dollars for those who saw homes, cars and other property ruined by rising waters.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Saturday, March 03, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — Tom Jester and his wife, Bobbie, left the Denham Springs-Walker library feeling optimistic last month.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
The Restore Louisiana Small Business Program, which offers loans to businesses impacted by the 2016 floods, will no longer be accepting applications after Wednesday, the Louisiana Office of Community Development said in a news releases issued late…
Friday, February 23, 2018
Veteran New Orleans defense attorney Mike Fawer told a Baton Rouge judge Friday he will represent jailed contractor Matthew Morris, who is accused in East Baton Rouge and several other parishes of defrauding victims of the catastrophic 2016 flooding.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
The board that oversees Baton Rouge's park system has resurrected a proposal to move the Baton Rouge Zoo to the Airline Highway Park near the Ascension Parish border, despite flooding in August 2016 that saw high water marks in the vicinity reach …
Thursday, February 08, 2018
A massive $90 billion disaster-relief package awaiting a vote in the U.S. Senate would give Louisiana potential access to hundreds of millions in federal funds for flood-control projects like the Comite River Diversion and offer a partial fix to t…
Wednesday, February 07, 2018
WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman from Louisiana says the massive budget deal struck by U.S. Senate leaders on Wednesday cuts Louisiana out of certain disaster-relief changes sought by the state delegation.
Monday, February 05, 2018
DENHAM SPRINGS — Even with the help of a program designed to help flooded-out renters find new homes, some in Livingston Parish say they just can't find affordable apartments, houses or trailers.
Saturday, February 03, 2018
PONCHATOULA — Kila Marks describes the moment as a nightmare. Water poured into her house for the second time in five months, just days after she finished repairing the structure and moved home.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The federal government’s shutdown won’t affect payment of flood insurance claims, and the insurance that people have remains in effect. But it’s threatening to impede some home sales in Louisiana from going forward.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Louisiana's housing recovery from 2016's historic floods is picking up its pace and on track for near completion by the end of the year, state officials said Friday.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
People in Baton Rouge have at least six more months to keep mobile homes and trailers on their property while they finish rebuilding from the floods that swamped the city-parish in August 2016.
Saturday, December 23, 2017
WASHINGTON — A massive disaster-relief package awaiting U.S. senators when they return to work in January would offer states far more flexibility in deploying federal recovery dollars and put billions into flood prevention and mitigation projects …
Friday, December 22, 2017
The number of people still struggling to rebuild their homes 16 months after floods swept through Baton Rouge has persuaded some local government officials that the city-parish should allow people to keep trailers on their property for a bit longe…
Thursday, December 21, 2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed an $81 billion disaster recovery bill aimed largely at hurricane and wildfire victims in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California on a bipartisan vote Thursday evening.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
WASHINGTON — Louisianans hit by the floods of 2016 should consider digging up last year's federal tax filings following the GOP-backed tax overhaul passed by Congress on Wednesday.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
With the capital area's rental housing market still tighter than normal due to the 2016 floods, officials are launching a new program to encourage developers to build affordable apartments in the hardest hit parishes, including East Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
DONALDSONVILLE — The Ascension Parish School Board on Tuesday awarded bids for $12.3 million in restoration work expected to bring St. Amant High and Galvez Primary schools back to full operation after last year’s floods.
Monday, December 04, 2017
A subdivision development proposal that led to serious debates a few months ago about post-flood building standards in Baton Rouge has resurfaced, with the developer saying he has now gone above and beyond to make the area safer from floods. But s…
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
A jailed Baton Rouge contractor accused of defrauding scores of victims of the unprecedented 2016 flooding in south Louisiana will be examined by a two-doctor sanity commission to determine whether he is competent to represent himself, a judge dec…
Monday, November 27, 2017
West Baton Rouge Parish Council member Phil Porto doesn't want clogged culverts or other glitches in the parish's sewer systems to turn residential streets into temporary lakes should there be another series of heavy rains like the ones that cause…
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Before it was a science experiment and an international volunteer hub, Gloria Perkins' home was the comfortable dwelling at the end of Wexford Drive in Baton Rouge.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
The erosion of a levee that protects 146 townhomes in the Plantation subdivision in Lafayette is creating an emergency for people who live there, as demonstrated by flooding this month that damaged more than one third of the homes, residents say.
Friday, November 10, 2017
More than half the families who received a FEMA mobile home after the 2016 flood are still living in them, the agency announced this week.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
The percentage of distressed homes sold in the Baton Rouge metro area during the third quarter jumped 25 percent, the fourth-largest increase in the nation, according to Attom Data Solutions, a property database.
Monday, October 30, 2017
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School announced Monday afternoon that it will return in January to its home on St. Gerard Avenue where classrooms and offices will be in seven newly installed temporary buildings after the school was destroy…
Fully restoring and rebuilding Glen Oaks High School, destroyed in the 2016 August flood, could cost as much as $45 million and that price tag doesn't include the millions already spent to get it back up and running in time for the current school year.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Small businesses and nonprofits in the 51 parishes impacted by the March and August 2016 floods have until Oct. 31 to apply for a loan through the Restore Louisiana Small Business Program.
Entergy announced Monday that it’s donated $35,000 to restock libraries at two schools in north Baton Rouge that flooded in August 2016.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
About 14 months after historic floods swept across the state, Louisiana has doled out about $42.2 million of the $1.3 billion in federal funding the state has received to help homeowners rebuild and repair their flood-damaged homes.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
A 65-year-old Baton Rouge man has admitted stealing nearly $14,000 in FEMA funds meant for victims of the 2016 flooding in southeast Louisiana, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson reported Wednesday.
Sunday, October 01, 2017
A key tax deduction that can quickly put cash in the hands of victims of floods, hurricanes and other major disasters may be on the chopping block under President Donald Trump and Republicans' tax reform plan unveiled last week, local tax experts said.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Flood victims whose losses weren't covered by insurance could no longer deduct those expenses from their federal taxes under President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A Tangipahoa Parish woman is accused of making $150,000 worth of fake claims for assistance after the August 2016 flood.
Monday, September 18, 2017
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.
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."