Past Weeks :  

Funeral services held for jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain has ridden in his final parade.  For years, the New Orleans jazz clarinetist and his Half-Fast Walking Club concluded their annual Mardi Gras morning stroll at the Hotel Monteleone.  Read more...

Flood death toll rises to 13

The state says the death toll from the recent storms and flooding in south Louisiana has risen to 13. Read more...

Jurors considering oil spill fraud evidence

Mississippi jurors are now considering the case against a Texas lawyer and six others indicted on charges that they signed up fake clients after 2010's Gulf of Mexico oil spill and submitted false claims. Read more...

TD 6 now Tropical Storm Fiona

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Depression Six has strengthened into Tropical Storm Fiona in the central tropical Atlantic Ocean. Read more...

GOHSEP says the registration numbers are growing

FEMA and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are encouraging any one impacted by the floods to start the cleanup process if you are safely able to do that.  Read more...

Newman delays start of school year after vandalism

New Orleans Police are searching for vandals that left graffiti on the Isidore Newman School campus Uptown. Read more...

Back water flooding remains a major threat

As thousands of flooded residents are heading back to their homes to begin clean up and repair, there are still areas of south Louisiana in the thick of a fight against more rising water. Read more...

Edwards order suspends deadlines in various legal cases

Gov. John Bel Edwards has taken a step to make sure widespread flooding in Louisiana doesn't cause problems in pending legal proceedings.  Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Johnson said in a Tuesday news release ...Read more

Saints, Pelicans joining Louisiana flood relief efforts

The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans are helping the American Red Cross, United Way and Second Harvest Food Bank of New Orleans provide food and supplies to flood victims in southeast Louisiana.  Read more...

 

Former prosecutor sentenced to 3 years

A former Louisiana prosecutor has been sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing justice, though prosecutors accuse him of soliciting sex from women in exchange for favorable treatment.  Read more...


 

Lady Gaga donating to Louisiana flood relief

Lady Gaga says she's pitching in to help with flood relief efforts in Louisiana.  The entertainer tweeted early Wednesday morning that she and her family are donating to relief efforts. She says she gives "thoughts and prayers to all of our loved ones in Louisiana ...Read more

AG Jeff Landry warns flood victims to beware of price gougers

The Attorney General’s Office is working to make sure flood victims are protected from price gougers and scammers. AG Jeff Landry says there have been cases in other states, where fraud artists have shown up and identified themselves as FEMA inspectors.  Read more...

 

Staying ahead of the mold, residents salvage what they can

The heartbreaking task of sorting through waterlogged belongings and ripping out carpets and drywall is kicking into high gear Wednesday in flood-wracked southern Louisiana as the state faces a long-term challenge of how to house thousands of displaced people.  Read more...

 

Many victims don't have flood insurance, FEMA may not pay enough

About 75% of Louisianans do not have flood insurance, which is bad news for the thousands of homeowners who lost everything in the flood. Michael Barry with the Insurance Information Institute says FEMA assistance will be available for flood victims who live in... Read more

Some areas start recovery, while others brace for disaster

The Red Cross says more than 1,000 disaster volunteers have been mobilized from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to help with the Louisiana flood relief efforts.
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Giving everything from money to physical labor in the relief effort

How can you help people who have been flooded out of their homes? The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is here to help. Supplies are needed to give to people who are headed home to clean up. "We're asking for everything from bleach and scrub brushes and... Read more

Searching each structure and setting curfews

In areas where flood waters are finally receding across south Louisiana, search crews have the tall task ahead of a search of every home and business. “They will go through every single structure. That will be long. That will be tedious. That will be very tiring, but it’s... Read more

Tropical Depression Six takes shape in Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center has begun issuing advisories on Tropical Depression Six. Read more...

20 parishes declared federal disaster areas

The total number of parishes that have been declared federal disaster areas is not up to 20, as 16 more parishes have been added to the disaster declaration. Read more...

Ascension calls for voluntary evacuations

Ascension parish authorities are urging a voluntary evacuations of Gonzales, Ridge Road, Bluff Swamp and Sorrento. Read more...

11 deaths confirmed in Louisiana flooding

Eleven deaths have been confirmed as a result of storms and flooding in south Louisiana. Read more...

St. John the Baptist Parish closes school.

St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools canceled Wednesday's classes today as a precaution. Read more...

Congress receives FBI notes from Clinton interview

Congress has received FBI documents related to the agency's recently closed investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state, according to lawmakers. Read more...

Washington, St. Tammany added to disaster area

Twenty parishes are now included in the federal disaster declaration, including Washington and St. Tammany, according to an announcement from Governor John Bel Edwards' office today. Read more...

40K homes damaged by Louisiana floods; 10 killed

At least 40,000 homes were damaged and 10 people killed in the historic Louisiana floods, the governor said Tuesday, giving a stark assessment of the widespread disaster. Read more...

Donelon: lack of flood insurance shocking

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says he is shocked by the incredibly low number of homeowners across southeast Louisiana who don't carry flood insurance. Read more...

40K homes impacted by historic flooding

About 40,000 homes in Louisiana have been impacted in some way by the historic floods that also killed at least eight people, the governor said Tuesday. Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at a news conference alongside FEMA administrator Craig Fugate, saying... Read more

Flood resources - how to help and where to get help

Many Louisiana residents without flood damage are eager to volunteer their time to shelters or donate items. Here's how to help. Read more...

Another confirmed flood death brings the total to 8

Another body found in flood waters in Baton Rouge brings the flooding death toll to eight, but the governor says that number will likely climb. "Quite honestly and sadly, I expect that we will have a few more because we have some reports where we have individuals that are... Read more

More areas approved for federal disaster assistance

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his request that President Barack Obama expand the existing federal declaration has been granted. "Eight additional parishes were included in Gov. Edwards' initial request for a federal disaster declaration... Read more and register for help

Dangers of walking through flood water

The Louisiana Department of Health is warning people about the risks of wading through flood waters that could possibly be contaminated. Spokespsman Bob Johanessen says sewage, dangerous contaminants and other debris could cause health problems. “There is also... Read more

St. James and Ascension Parish brace for new flooding

Some areas are finally drying out from record flooding, while others are just starting to see water rise. Northern parts of the impacted area are seeing water moving out to the south.  Some people have started returning home and ripping out flooring and sheetrock in... Read more

Growing destruction and frustration with spreading floods

The record flooding in South Louisiana is stressing resources and leaving a path of destruction and frustration. "This is the most devastating thing that we could have had happen," Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. He took to social media to urge... Read more

I-10, Airline Highway and scores of other roads flooded

Flood waters are continuing to shift around south Louisiana and officials are working to react to the changing situation.  Additional communities are going under now in St. James and Ascension Parish after parts of lower Livingston saw rising water last night.  Read more...

Governor begins flood assessment

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is touring flood-damaged parts of the state today, even as the flooding crisis continues. It's still too early to put a precise value on the home lost and lives turned upside down. "It's obviously going to be in the multi-millions of dollars, but... Read more

Seventh flooding death recorded

A body has been pulled from floodwaters in Baton Rouge, apparently raising the death toll to seven. Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, confirms a volunteer patrolling in his boat Monday found the victim in front of... Read more

Special needs shelter at LSU

Officails have opened a shelter for flood evacuees with special needs across Louisiana. "An evacuation shelter for people with special medical conditions only is now open on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge," according to a news release.  "This is a shelter of last resort... Read more

Drivers able to retrieve stranded cars (click for interactive road updates)

The Louisiana State Police has allowed people to reclaim cars left behind on a portion of an interstate in some of the worst-hit flooding areas of south Louisiana. Read more...

Pre-registering for food benefits encouraged

Louisiana officials are encouraging those affected by flooding to pre-register for benefits under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Read more...

Ruinous flooding catches Louisiana off guard

An act of God is how some are describing it, a catastrophic 48-hour torrent of rain that sent thousands of people in Louisiana scrambling for safety and left many wondering how a region accustomed to hurricanes could get caught off guard so badly. Read more...

'Cajun Navy' steps up in flood emergency

Volunteers with boats are part of the rescue effort in badly flooded parts of Louisiana. Read more...

Flooding kills 6, sends thousands fleeing for higher ground

Thousands of people in southern Louisiana hunkered down in shelters Monday, forced out of their homes by intense flooding that took many people by surprise. Read more...

Not out of the woods yet when it comes to more flooding

The southwestern part of Louisiana was also hammered by the intense rains over the weekend and are experiencing tremendous flooding.  Donald Jones with the National Weather Service says Lafayette, New Iberia and the Lake Arthur areas are having the biggest problems... Read more

Insurance Commissioner offers advice on making flood claims

The massive flooding across south Louisiana, will force many people to file flood insurance claims. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the first thing people need to do is contact their agent. But he says there are other ways to prepare to make a claim.  Read more...

Flood shelter and federal aid information

Thousands of people are living in shelters after rising waters forced them to flee their homes in southern Louisiana. Gov. John Bel Edwards says more than 10,000 people are in shelters and more than 20,000 people have been rescued from their homes.  Read more, find a shelter and get help...

Areas dry now, may still flood

Officials are warning of more flooding today in areas that have so far been dry. It comes as the basin from the River Parishes to Baton Rouge and across the western parts of the Northshore sees record runoff from more rain than ever recorded. "One of the biggest concerns now is... Read more

Flooding spreads, thousands more rescued, roads closed

South Louisiana is grappling with one of the most catastrophic flood events in the state’s history, and the situation is ongoing. Governor John Bel Edwards says, because residents did not anticipate their homes flooding and the search and rescue operations have been difficult.  Read more...

4 parishes declared federal disaster areas

Four parishes; Tangipahoa, St. Helena, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes have been declared federal disaster areas.  Those affected by the storm and flooding should register damages sustained, ...Read more

Rising floodwaters leaves thousands homeless in Louisiana

Robert and Gwen Arceneaux endured a sleepless night Sunday after noticing floodwater creeping into their home — in a neighborhood that had never seen water before.  They gathered up their dogs and a few bags of belongings ...Read more

Tangipahoa Parish schools closed the rest of the week

Schools in Tangipahoa Parish will be closed the rest of the week and will reopen on Monday, August 22, according to parish officials.  The update was posted on the Tangipahoa Parish Government Facebook page.  Read more...

 

All major roads blocked by floods west of New Orleans

You can't get there from here.  All major highways and interstates across Louisiana have flood waters blocking them in spots. There is currently no good way to get between New Orleans and Baton Rouge or Baton Rouge and Lafayette with I-10, I-12, US 190, US61 and... Read more

Tangipahoa Parish has its first flood-related fatality

The body of a man had been recovered this morning near the Village of Tangipahoa, according to Parish President Robby Miller.  It’s the parish’s first flood-related fatality.  Crews from the Kentwood Fire Department ...Read more  

Drivers stranded on 'islands' along I-12 for hours

In parts of Livingston Parish, some people have been trapped in their vehicles since yesterday. "Hundreds of cars are stranded on 'islands' along I-12," Louisiana State Police said in a news release. The water got too deep for even soldiers to drive through with... Read more

Funeral plans for Pete Fountain

Pete Fountain's family today announced funeral plans for the legendary jazz clarinetist. Family, friends and well wishers can say a final farewell to Fountain a week from Wednesday... on August 17th. Services will take place at St. Louis Cathedral. That will be followed by... Read more

Police: 2 young teens get semiautomatic pistols in holdup

New Orleans police say two boys held up a man and woman on North Miro Street in the Marigny Saturday night and made off with backpacks holding a pair of semi-automatic pistols.  Read more...

'Huck Finn' adventure headed to New Orleans

Inspired by Huck Finn, a Georgia couple plans a Mississippi River adventure  The couple plans to cross the nation by canoe on a journey inspired by the classic book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.''  Read more...

  
 

Root beer heirs battle over finances

A Mississippi family famous for its role in Gulf Coast soft drink history is now involved in a $1 million legal battle. Lou Ella Barq claims in a lawsuit that she is in financial straits because her son and his wife siphoned off more than $1 million she inherited from her husband.  Read more...

10 years later, New Orleans surrounded by 133 miles of levees, walls, pumps

Some call it "the federal flood." Others refer to it by calling Hurricane Katrina the costliest man-made disaster in U.S. history. Read More
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