DARLINGTON — With his carport set aside for sawing wood, Malcolm Lee banged around inside his deceased granddad's former house recently, restoring the old family home from the floods of August 2016 that had sent more than 3 feet of water inside.
The state proposal to spend $1.2 billion on new flood protection efforts was sent Thursday for federal approval, hopefully unlocking access to the federal dollars as soon as next spring, state officials said.
Nineteen schools heavily damaged during the August 2016 floods are at risk of flooding again simply because they sit at the same elevation as they did three years ago, but rebuilding an entire campus to a greater height is an expensive proposition…
DONALDSONVILLE — The State Legislature set aside about half of the estimated construction cost for a long-running, multiparish project to remove trees and silt dams from bayous that drain Donaldsonville, other parts of western Ascension and neighb…
GONZALES — The East Ascension drainage board on Monday recommended a six-month moratorium on new neighborhood construction four days after the parish president's veto of restrictive floodplain management rules survived an attempted override.
PRAIRIEVILLE — Paul Underwood’s backyard garden has been a treasured pastime since retiring nearly 30 years ago from work at a retail store, but heavy rains and the parish’s inadequate drainage system have made keeping it up difficult.
DONALDSONVILLE — Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa's veto of a major flood prevention package narrowly withstood an attempted override Thursday, halting a proposal two years in the making.
Two major regulatory changes that supporters and federal regulators say could lessen flood risks in Ascension Parish are on the ropes or already dead amid political pressure from builders and homeowners and under the weighty hammer of the parish p…
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Louisiana homeowners who have been stuck in the duplication-of-benefits trap following the historic floods of 2016 will soon be eligible to seek federally-funded grants, after intense lobbying from the state's congression…
GONZALES — Facing criticism they've been dragging their feet, Ascension Parish officials are taking early steps to cap the amount of dirt builders can use in raising homes and to establish new financial requirements to maintain detention ponds, a …
GONZALES – Missy Jackson has spent 25 years living near Bayou Conway on Hodgeson Road in Ascension Parish and has never suffered through a flood there, she said.
An Independence woman convicted last year on fraud and identity theft related to the August 2016 flooding in south Louisiana was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison Thursday, U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin said.
Louisiana's two senators have resorted to a parliamentary tactic attempting to force the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to clarify rules that have slowed the recovery efforts of some homeowners impacted by the 2016 floods.
GONZALES — A key policy making committee of the Ascension Parish Council signaled Monday that it's ready to support limits on the use of dirt to raise homes and other drainage recommendations that have been stalled for eight months.
DENHAM SPRINGS — Gayle Causey left her home 2 ½ years ago on an inflatable air mattress that neighbors floated across a flooded parking lot to rescue her and her two Shih Tzu dogs, China and Chippy.
The only home 2-year-old Carrie Anne Mannino-Townsend has ever known is a gray FEMA trailer that sits in the front yard of her family's house in Central's Evergreen Hills subdivision. Born just a week after the house flooded in August 2016, Carrie…
Come this time next year, a big tree will grace the brand new living room of the Frison family, with its balcony overlooking citrus trees in the backyard. Their extended family will come from Alexandria, California and Georgia to fill their new Ba…
The state program assisting victims of the 2016 floods is offering buyouts to people living in especially hazardous areas.
WASHINGTON — Federal officials will clear the way for Louisiana to dole out recovery grants to flood victims who'd taken out Small Business Administration loans without additional action from President Donald Trump, Sen. Bill Cassidy tweeted on Thursday.
WASHINGTON — State officials are still waiting on action from the Trump administration before paying out millions in Restore Louisiana flood recovery money to homeowners who’d taken out Small Business Administration disaster loans.
Louisiana homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods have until Friday to apply for help from a federally funded grant program designed to help them rebuild.
The state wasted little time reopening a disaster assistance program on Monday after a congressional compromise over the weekend lifted the “duplication of benefits” ban that had prevented households impacted by the 2016 floods from receiving both…
WASHINGTON — Thousands of Louisiana flood victims who borrowed money from the Small Business Administration could soon have clearer access to Restore Louisiana rebuilding grants under a deal worked out by congressional leaders.
A 37-year-old Denham Springs woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $30,000 in disaster aid funds meant for victims of the devastating August 2016 flooding.
Lafayette native Zachary Henry spent a lot of time in high school doing two things that, at the time, seemed to have nothing in common: engrossing himself in Ken Burns documentaries and producing hip hop tracks on equipment he purchased with savin…
DENHAM SPRINGS — On one end of Capitol Street, a local developer believes a dilapidated shopping mall can bounce back if he transforms it into a trampoline park with a brightly colored marquee. At the other end, patrons pack Randazzo’s Italian Mar…
Almost two years to the day since Greenbrier Elementary was inundated with more than four feet of floodwater, the school is finally reopening — a cause for a homecoming celebration on Saturday.
A Denham Springs woman has been charged by a Baton Rouge federal grand jury with theft of more than $30,000 in disaster assistance funds following the catastrophic August 2016 flooding in southeast Louisiana.
Homeowners must complete an initial survey by July 20 to qualify for grant funding through the federally-funded Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance program that was created after historic floods swept much of the state in 2016.
WASHINGTON — A raft of changes to federal disaster policy, including a number directly affecting those hit by the 2016 Louisiana floods, are now sitting before the U.S. Senate for the second time in the past six months after clearing the House of …
The Cajun Navy and other groups that volunteer during disasters could coordinate with state emergency leaders and gain access to some equipment under legislation that is advancing to the state Senate for review.
HAMMOND — Leslie Garon pressed her right hand to her chest and choked back tears as she addressed more than a dozen green-shirted volunteers in her living room earlier this month.
Three dozen homeless people who regularly camp out underneath the North Boulevard overpass in Baton Rouge now have a roof over their heads, at least for a while, thanks to a federally funded rapid rehousing initiative.
WASHINGTON — The federal government will be sending more than $1.2 billion in grant money to pay for flood-control and prevention projects in the state, Gov. John Bel Edwards and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves announced Thursday.
As many as 10,000 flooded homeowners in Louisiana who have been hampered in rebuilding by eligibility restrictions on federal aid dollars could access up to $120 million in grants due to a recent change in federal law, state officials say.
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.
DENHAM SPRINGS — Tom Jester and his wife, Bobbie, left the Denham Springs-Walker library feeling optimistic last month.
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…
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.
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 …
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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…
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.
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.
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.