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."
Sunday, January 15, 2017
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?
Sunday, January 15, 2017
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.
Monday, January 09, 2017
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.
Monday, December 12, 2016
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.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Gov. John Bel Edwards' request to lessen Louisiana's share of disaster response costs after March flooding that inundated north and central Louisiana.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
LIVINGSTON — Plans to reopen two more flood-damaged Livingston Parish schools and build temporary sites for three others in time for the spring semester are on track — with one notable exception.
Gov. John Bel Edwards is rounding out his first year in office with an eye already firmly planted on next year's legislative session and what could become another blistering battle over the state's finances.
Louisiana residents affected by catastrophic floods this year will get an opportunity to learn more about the state's recovery efforts and offer feedback during a series of public meetings in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Louisiana is in line to get another $1.25 billion in federal money for continued flood recovery efforts, but leaders are already signaling that it may not be the final piece of disaster recovery assistance.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
DONALDSONVILLE — The Ascension Parish School Board has agreed to pay all the employees of the district about $500 this month, in addition to their regular pay, to recognize the challenges they've overcome since the flood this summer.
Louisiana is in line to get more than $1 billion in additional aid for recovery from historic flooding this year, thanks to a stop-gap spending measure awaiting approval by Congress this week.
Monday, December 05, 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) — Extreme downpours — like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year — will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts o…
Sunday, December 04, 2016
In October 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and epic gridlock on Baton Rouge roads, voters approved by a wide margin the first major road construction program in East Baton Rouge Parish since around the time John F. Kennedy was shot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
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.
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.