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  • Vandalism probe begins at Atchafalaya WMA

    July 30, 2013 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating two acts of vandalism on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday that a bulldozer and utility vehicle was noticed missing from Big... more »
  • Atchafalaya above flood stage at Morgan City

    April 30, 2013 8:12 AM

    MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Atchafalaya River at Morgan City. The Coast Guard says some tows could be limited. The river was 4.6 feet and rising at Morgan City on Monday. Flood stage is 4 feet. The weather service... more »
  • Corps agrees to send more water to Atchafalaya

    April 17, 2013 9:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has granted a request to send more water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya Basin. The governor's office tells The Advocate the move is aimed at improving water quality in the swamp. The Atchafalaya River... more »
  • Atchafalaya Basin Festival

    November 9, 2012 8:48 AM

    Atchafalaya Basin Festival put on by Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012. The festival starts at 7 am and last until 11 pm. For more info call: 337-205-2443 or visit: or
  • Mickey's Bike Found, Search Expands to Atchafalaya Basin for Clues

    May 27, 2012 10:58 PM

    A big development in the Mickey Shunick case with Lafayette Police confirming to KATC Sunday that they found Mickey's bicycle. It was found 30 miles away from where Mickey was last seen, beneath the Whiskey Bay I-10 bridge, at exit 127 in Iberville Parish. Investigators spent much of the day... more »
  • Signs posted to outline Atchafalaya Heritage Area

    February 7, 2012 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The 14-parish Atchafalaya Heritage Area is getting new signs to let people know when they've traveled into the specially-designated region. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees tourism efforts in Louisiana, said Monday that 264 highway signs are being installed around the Atchafalaya region. The markers,... more »
  • Atchafalaya Swells to Flood Stage

    December 14, 2011 5:58 AM

    MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - The Atchafalaya River has topped flood stage but is well short of levels that usually cause problems on the unprotected side of Morgan City's floodwall. The Atchafalaya stood Tuesday at about 4 feet, according to measurements of the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.... more »
  • Wildlife forced into dry neighborhoods

    May 13, 2011 11:17 PM

    As the water rises, wildlife heads for higher ground as well. However, some animals may be in need of rescue. "We found two nests to be absolutely in danger of the water." Donna Gee says, "the water was lapping at the base of the nest." Gee works with Wildlife in... more »
  • Krotz Springs braces for flood

    May 10, 2011 11:42 PM

    In Krotz Springs, another public meeting to prepare people for the rising waters, but there could be a mandatory evacuation of the area. Looking at the Atchafalaya River, the water slowly rises. At the same time, the town of Krotz Springs comes up with a game plan: whether to... more »
  • Self-Evacuation Issued in St. Martin Parish

    May 6, 2011 11:14 PM

    The community of Butte La Rose along the Atchafalaya River is one of the areas most at risk for flooding. As of Friday, the St. Martin Sheriff's Office is warning residents they may need to leave soon. St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Deputies went door to door Friday in Butte... more »
  • Atchafalaya Basin Gets 3 Million

    July 9, 2010 1:36 PM

    The largest swamp in the nation-the Atchafalaya Basin- is getting 3.6 million dollars for protection and enhancement. The Governor is offering the money to help the Basin by protecting the valuable waters in a time when oil is taking over the Gulf. "Now we not only pray for... more »
  • Second Shark found in Atchafalaya Basin

    July 2, 2010 7:36 PM

    Another shark is found in the Achafalaya basin and fisherman can't make sense of it. Wilven Hayes of Henderson says he's been fishing since he was six-years-old and never caught a shark until this week when he reeled in two. Hayes pulled in a five-footer Wednesday and on... more »
  • Shark Caught in Atchafalaya Basin

    June 30, 2010 11:39 PM

    An Acadiana fisherman made quite the catch on the Atchafalaya Basin near Lake Warner, reeling in a five foot Bull Shark. "A shark is about the most unusual thing in freshwater I've caught," exclaimed 76 year old Wilven Hayes. After getting the shark out of his net, Hayes... more »
  • One Dead After Car Plunges Into Atchafalaya River

    March 16, 2010 11:24 PM

    St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says one person is dead after a car plunged into the Atchafalaya River in Melville. Witnesses say the driver of the car lost control, struck a barricade and plunged into the Atchafalaya River just as the Melville Ferry was pulling in. The car was... more »
  • Crawfish suit now in federal court

    March 14, 2010 6:57 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A lawsuit claiming that pipeline dredging has hurt Atchafalaya Basin crawfish trappers is now in federal court. The suit alleges that ridges left along dredged areas, called spoil banks, have created stagnant, dead areas of water in the area known as Buffalo Cove. The... more »
  • Crawfisherman's Body Found In St. Martin Parish

    March 9, 2010 7:05 PM

    The body of a local fisherman was found just before midnight Monday in St. Martin Parish. The body has been identified as 40-year-old Miles Serrette. He left Monday morning, alone, to check his crawfish traps along the Atchafalaya Basin. When he did not come home by late afternoon, his... more »
  • Local Boy Scout Council To Plant Trees In Atchafalaya Basin

    January 19, 2010 12:20 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts will leave their mark on the Atchafalaya Basin this year by planting cypress tree as part of a yearlong celebration of scouting's 100th anniversary. On Feb. 20, 800 Scouts will gather in the Basin to create what will... more »
  • Atchafalaya River Remains At Flood Stage In Morgan City

    January 14, 2010 7:19 PM

    MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - The Atchafalaya River is already above flood stage at Morgan city, raising worries about spring floods. Mike Lowe of the Army Corps of Engineers' New Orleans District says the corps has been in a flood fight since November. He says that's very early. The Atchafalaya... more »
  • Four Arrested After Drug Bust In Atchafalaya Basin

    December 22, 2009 4:02 PM

    On December 21, 2009 Agents with the St .Martin Parish Sheriff's Office along with Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted a narcotics investigation in the area of the Atchafalaya Basin (Bayou Sorrel). During this investigation, Agents found evidence of an operational clandestine laboratory. Agents executed a search warrant. As... more »

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