March 6, 2014 7:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board - a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies - is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence. Thursday's agenda for the panel's meeting in New Orleans... more »
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 »
January 23, 2013 7:09 PM
Some areas are drying out, but others are still battling the water, especially in Northern Vermilion Parish.
Crawfish farmers are scrambling to save their harvest and for many, it's a waiting game until they can get back to their fields and some farmers are facing a total loss.
... more »
January 18, 2013 7:23 PM
Acadiana is known for its generosity, especially in times of need. Before, during and after the recent flood we've heard stories of neighbors helping neighbors. Last week, the Clay family was bracing for flooding. They live on LA-100 in the town of Evangeline in Acadia Parish. The Clays had about... more »
January 16, 2013 7:30 PM
The cleanup continues nearly one week after heavy rain flooded parts of Acadiana.
Residents and business owners are looking for assistance and now, FEMA may step in soon.
"It's never flooded, especially in this area."
The flooding caught Terry LeBlue off-guard. She lives in Crowley off of... more »
January 15, 2013 7:36 PM
Flooding remains an issue for much of Acadiana tonight after several days of soaking rain.
That rain left the Mermentau Basin swollen. The Mermentau is at 10-point-four feet and it's expected to crest Thursday morning at around eleven feet.
For communities around the Mermentau in Acadia Parish, that... more »
January 14, 2013 7:51 PM
Families in Acadia Parish are pushed out of their homes due to rising waters. Now, one family finds out they may have to evacuate yet again.
"It's a bad situation."
Christopher Stevens is staying with family in Crowley after his home in Midland flooded. All in the same... more »
January 12, 2013 10:55 PM
From St. Landry to Vermilion Parishes, high water has covered much of South Louisiana. One major problem, backwater flooding.
Crowley is one of the hardest hit areas. Water covers Parkerson Avenue as well as exit 80 westbound on I-10.
One of the hardest hit neighborhoods, North Cherokee Drive... more »
January 11, 2013 7:07 PM
Water in Acadia Parish is starting to rapidly rise causing backwater flooding. In the town of Evangeline on LA-100, dozens of residents are packing up looking for higher ground.
"We really didn't expect it to come in this fast," said Brandi Clay.
In a matter of hours this... more »
January 10, 2013 7:39 PM
A January storm for the record books as around-the-clock rain leaves much of Acadiana under water. This is the worst winter flooding in Acadiana in 20 years.
Click the video link for the first block of our five o'clock coverage.
January 10, 2013 7:34 PM
Dozens of residents in Loreauville are cleaning up tonight after tornadic weather swept through the area. Cleco crews worked for several hours to restore power. Many residents are counting their blessings.
Under an ominous sky, dozens of residents on Cajun Drive in Loreauville are boarding up and trying to... more »
June 12, 2012 7:21 PM
Plans are underway to flood-proof the Stephensville area in lower St. Martin Parish. It's practically the lowest point in St. Martin Parish and residents say a hard rain floods them out. The plan is now to build a sheet pile, floodgates, and pumps to keep water from seeping out onto... more »
June 1, 2012 11:13 PM
It's almost three months since parts of Lafayette and St. Landry Parishes experienced devastating flash flooding. And still, many homes sit with water damage and the owners are left without the help they need to clean it up.
"Behind this wall we know there's mold and mildew and that's... more »
March 29, 2012 11:56 PM
The recovery effort is far from over for victims of recent flooding in Acadiana. With over 1,200 homes affected, it could take months until families get their lives back on track. So to help in the flood recovery, the United Way of Acadiana has formed the Long Term Recovery Coalition... more »
March 19, 2012 11:11 PM
One week after heavy rains and flooding, parts of Acadiana are still experiencing high water. Now, a new threat of severe storms and several inches of rain could mean even more flooding for some residents.
"I'm worried, been worried, it's already flooded over here and it already smells and... more »
March 16, 2012 8:20 PM
Five days after the first signs of rising water, residents in Bayou Basin are still trapped in their homes. Just outside the City of Carencro, residents are still using boats or tractors to get out of their homes. The water is still waste high off of Wilderness Trail Rd. making... more »
March 15, 2012 11:16 PM
Residents are still stranded in Carencro, four days after flash flooding. The high water is not only cutting them off, but now contaminating the drinking water for about 30 homes on Smith Reed Road. The problem is backwater flooding from the Vermilion River, about a mile away from the neighborhood.... more »
March 14, 2012 11:20 PM
It's day three of flood recovery in Acadiana, and as the waters recede the difficult clean up process is only just beginning. In Carencro alone it's estimated over 200 homes are damaged by the flood waters.
"We have to redo all the walls, some of the flooring, most of... more »
March 14, 2012 12:52 PM
In St. Landry Parish, all low lying parish roads are closed. Parts of Cankton and Sunset are still retaining water. Drivers are asked to use caution. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office responded to over 100 calls on and rescued at least 48 people. Anyone who received flood damage should... more »
March 13, 2012 7:08 PM
Dozens of homeowners in Carencro spent Tuesday morning cleaning up the huge mess Monday's storms left behind. Keith Gorge is one of several homeowners on Magnolia Knee Drive who called a cleaning service for help. "All of the floors are wet. We got about four or five inches of rain... more »
January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted 5-3 to approve an agreement with the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for flood mitigation at Erath High School and Erath Middle School. Board member Tony Fontana, who voted against the agreement, told The Advocat e he had questions as... more »
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 »
September 22, 2011 11:14 PM
FEMA released new flood maps Thursday, which have been in the making since February 2008. And now Lafayette Consolidated Government has accepted the revised maps.
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm residents were invited to attend an open house at the Southside Public Library to view the maps... more »
September 5, 2011 6:57 PM
Tropical Storm Lee impacted Louisiana's coast with plenty of rain and wind. While most of Acadiana did not see the full potential of the storm, some communities found themselves underwater. In Delcambre, several streets closed off due a foot or more of flooding. But on Monday, conditions were all dried... more »
July 8, 2011 7:35 PM
Outdoors-men are taking advantage of the Morganza Spillway being closed again. At the most, seventeen bays were open for the first time since 1973 to prepare for flood waters from the Mississippi River.
Nathan Fulmer fishes in the Morganza Spillway every summer. "If we wanted to shoot everything, we... more »
June 6, 2011 11:22 PM
As the threat of flooding dwindles, a new threat rises to the surface: All of that excess water flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.
2011 was supposed to be a good year for shrimpers, hoping to regain some of the revenue lost last year after the BP oil spill.... more »
June 4, 2011 11:13 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi River flood of 2011 may seem like a thing of the past for people who fled rising waters that never came, yet the final toll is shrouded in murky water for thousands of people devastated as the flood made its way from the Midwest... more »
June 1, 2011 6:37 PM
This is a unique year for South Louisiana, as we experience extreme drought and record floods. And this climate is wreaking havoc on Louisiana farms.
Where there's water, there's too much of it. At the same time the rest of the state sits parched.
"It's adversely affecting crops,... more »
May 31, 2011 7:09 PM
Residents are slowly making their way back to Butte La Rose, but some are having to bare the heat because their electricity has been shut-off.
Not everyone's power was turned-off. Energy officials visited all the homes in the area and turned off the power to the homes who were... more »
May 31, 2011 12:18 AM
For the Breaux family in Butte La Rose, Memorial Day was more like move-in day. When the mandatory evacuation went into effect for their area last week, the Breaux's packed up almost everything in their home because their flood insurance only covers the structure, not the contents of their house.... more »
May 30, 2011 8:04 AM
UNDATED (AP) - Forecasters say another 3 inches of rain may have fallen in flooded areas of Montana but it's expected to taper off today. More rain fell Sunday on already soaked communities, adding to more than a week of floods that brought as much as 8 inches to central... more »
May 29, 2011 12:54 PM
TUNICA, Miss. (AP) - The aftermath of a disaster like the floods that submerged parts of Mississippi or the tornadoes that have wiped out towns in the Midwest and Southeast can leave victims with depression and other ailments. Although the wait was agonizing as floodwaters rose, experts say the extra... more »
May 27, 2011 12:07 AM
With rising flood waters comes another problem, trash and debris floating in that water. Litter and trash are an ongoing problem in Acadiana, but flood waters bring it to the surface.
The Morganza Spillway hasn't been opened for 38 years, so just think about all the trash, pesticides and... more »
May 26, 2011 7:26 PM
Water is rising three to four inches every day in Morgan City. It's sitting just a little over 10 feet now, and officials are predicting it'll crest at 11 feet by Monday.
Resident Becky Michel said, "it's just disheartening when you look over and alligators and pools of fish,... more »
May 25, 2011 7:25 PM
In St. Mary Parish the Calumet River is rising higher every day. The river is already at 10 feet, which is six feet above flood stage and eight feet above normal levels.
"Just about every other year we have high water, but this is the worst, this is real... more »
May 21, 2011 9:52 PM
(St. Martinville, La.)Due to the decrease of requests for sandbags at the locations in the Stephensville-Belle River area, sandbagging operations in the Stephensville-Belle River area will be suspended for Sunday, May 22, 2011. Sandbagging operations will resume again on Monday, May 23, 2011 through Friday May 27, 2011. The hours... more »
May 20, 2011 11:21 PM
As flood predictions fluctuate in Acadiana, one group of people say they're not changing their plans for the flood, no matter what.
Gerri Comeaux and Jeanne DeValcourt are neighbors on Henderson Lake and said they're not going anywhere.
"No I'm not leaving, this is the only thing I... more »
May 19, 2011 6:02 AM
AMELIA, La. (AP) - The oil-and-seafood hub of Morgan City, La., has been hit by one disaster after another, from hurricanes to the BP oil spill. The latest trouble involves a deluge of water that was diverted from the Mississippi River and is headed toward the town of about 12,000... more »
May 17, 2011 10:59 PM
A mandatory evacuation at Three Mile Lake in St. Landry Parish has left the area almost empty, except for a few, including Sheriff's Deputies who are patrolling the waters.
Robby Sweeny isn't packing up, he's building up protection around his home with sand bags and raising up equipment and... more »
May 17, 2011 1:51 AM
Near the shores of Lake Palourde in Morgan City, crews are working to give the Siracusaville levee more elevation. On the east side of the levee, members of the Army National Guard are working to install HESCO baskets, that will give the levee a few more feet of protection from... more »
May 16, 2011 7:33 PM
People aren't the only ones being displaced by the flood waters, wild animals are frantically searching for higher ground.
Director of Heckhavan Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Suzy Heck, said "hopefully most of the animals have already moved on. They have a sixth sense about disaster coming and hopefully they'll be... more »
May 16, 2011 12:14 AM
It seems so calm in the Three Mile Lake Community while looking at the water, but there was a sense of urgency in the air Sunday.
"They were knocking on our doors at 8 this morning saying get out, get out." said Connie Baudoin.
Residents and campers at... more »
May 15, 2011 6:46 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - At the request of Governor Bobby Jindal, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded federal assistance to the state and parishes responding to the Mississippi River flooding in Louisiana. Previously, Louisiana had been approved for only limited direct federal assistance for response efforts.
At this... more »
May 15, 2011 9:00 AM
GONZALES, La. - Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members are assisting the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Louisiana Army National Guard by providing high-resolution aerial photographs of the Morganza Spillway. CAP has been requested to provide still photography of the I-10 basin area... more »
May 14, 2011 11:57 PM
In other parts of Acadiana, most notably, lower Saint Martin Parish, many residents have already evacuated ahead of the impending floods, and those who haven't are certainly doing so now.
With the spillway open it is now a race against time for the residents of Butte La Rose.
... more »
May 14, 2011 11:24 PM
KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - Phones at the police department in the little south Louisiana town of Krotz Springs rang nonstop as residents they packed belongings and sought information on the opening of the Morganza Spillway. Saturday's opening of part of the spillway gate structure sent a rush of Mississippi... more »
May 14, 2011 2:28 PM
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Larry and Paulla Dalrymple spent part of their Saturday in Vicksburg with a video camera filming the rising Mississippi River that is expected to crest at 57.5 feet Thursday. The Brandon couple had been at the area a couple of weeks ago and they wanted to... more »
May 14, 2011 2:12 PM
MORGANZA, La. (AP) - Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana's Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River. Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last... more »
May 13, 2011 11:46 PM
Businesses in the Atchafalaya Basin are preparing to pack up, head out and suffer significant revenue losses due to flooding. Residents in Henderson should be protected by the levees, but with Henderson Lake waters expected to rise to 29 feet businesses on the other side of the levees will suffer... more »
May 12, 2011 11:26 PM
The people of Morgan City filled the town's high school gym Thursday night hoping for more concrete answers about the flood and possible evacuations.
Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte outlined a clear plan of the city's flood protection efforts. But even with all of the information, some questions still... more »
May 11, 2011 11:49 AM
The Office of State Parks is reporting that effective at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, LakeFaussePointeState Park will close as a precautionary measure in anticipation of the opening of the Morganza Spillway.
Visitors with reservations at LakeFaussePointeState Park from May 15 through May 27 will be contacted by... more »
May 11, 2011 3:34 AM
Many in Butte La Rose spent this past weekend packing up their camps, after officials urged residents to self-evacuate. Among those still moving things out Tuesday, was David Blansett, who wasn't packing up a camp, instead he was leaving his home.
"We don't want to take a chance, we're... more »
May 10, 2011 12:12 PM
The Louisiana Propane Gas Association urges citizens in flood-prone areas to secure propane tanks properly and mark the tanks to help identify them and avoid safety problems in the event of local flooding.
Unsecured propane tanks can float, and can be carried away by flood waters. Flood waters can... more »
May 9, 2011 6:37 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Work continued over the weekend to prepare vulnerable areas from flooding along the Mississippi River in Mississippi and Louisiana. In Vicksburg, Miss., workers raised about a quarter-mile of abandoned railroad bed to protect a neighborhood. Crews worked Sunday to build temporary levees to protect buildings in... more »
May 8, 2011 11:45 PM
GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - As the crest in the Mississippi River rolls toward the heart of the Delta, the great flood of 1927 is on a lot of minds. On April 21 of that year, an engorged Mississippi River broke through a levee a few miles north of Greenville, sending... more »
May 8, 2011 11:41 PM
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) - The swollen Mississippi River has swamped houses in Memphis and threatens to consume many more, but its rise has been slow enough that some people were clinging to their normal lives just a bit longer. That much was clear Sunday from an unexpected smell - barbecue... more »
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 »
May 5, 2011 11:09 PM
Levees will likely keep most of the rising Mississippi waters at bay. But some smaller towns in south Louisiana don't have those protections and are most at risk.
Water levels are expected to rise nearly 9 and a half feet in the atchafalaya basin in the coming week, the... more »
May 5, 2011 7:28 PM
Flood warnings and rising water in Morgan City brings many people back to the major flood of 1973. That's the last time the water reached the top of the levees. Amelia resident, Leroy Breaux, remembers 1973 well. It was the year he opened up his barber shop, and also the... more »
March 24, 2011 9:40 AM
LONDON (AP) - Not feeling the royal wedding spirit yet? It may be time to download a countdown clock to your smartphone. More than a dozen smartphone apps are offering to bring fans everything royal wedding-related wherever they are - so they can check the days and minutes until Prince... more »
December 28, 2010 9:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out the remaining claims in a lawsuit that said police violated people's constitutional rights by firing warning shots to stop them from crossing a bridge to escape flooding from Hurricane Katrina. Having dismissed about 90 percent of the claims in September,... more »
December 27, 2010 3:41 PM
From the Department of Homeland Security: Vermilion Parish homeowners, business and residential renters, and business owners who do not have flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect.
New flood maps become effective on... more »
December 11, 2010 9:34 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers has hired two small companies to strengthen flood-walls along drainage canals that broke during Hurricane Katrina. The corps wants to make the flood-walls stronger by driving new sheet pile and adding embankment at the crown of the levees along the canals.... more »
October 27, 2010 7:05 AM
A Vermilion Parish School is getting some much need flood protection.
7th Ward Elementary school will get building berms and flood walls that are about 5 feet high. The hope, of course is that the 2.1 million dollar project will prevent any future flooding of the school. No word... more »
October 25, 2010 10:26 AM
FEMA announces new flood maps will soon be in place in Saint Martin, Acadia and Vermilion Parishes. The maps are used to help determine flood insurance rates and home elevation requirements.
Map information is available from Parish and City Government offices in the 3 affected Parishes. The new maps... more »
October 21, 2010 5:50 PM
VERMILION PARISH, La. - Vermilion Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on January 19, 2011.
The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS),... more »
October 21, 2010 5:45 PM
ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. - St. Martin Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on November 4, 2010.
The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate... more »
September 28, 2010 9:46 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Grand Ole Opry has ended its itinerant ways and returned home. A host of country music's enduring legends joined some of today's biggest names on stage Tuesday night to kick off the "Country Comes Home" celebration. They began with a stirring rendition of "Will The... more »
August 19, 2010 7:45 PM
Some Vermilion Parish homeowners are struggling with a huge financial decision. Thursday afternoon, The Office of Community Development held a meeting in Abbeville to try to resolve a debate between 540 people across Louisiana and State officials.
It all started in 2008, after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, when residents... more »
July 16, 2010 6:51 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to overhaul the debt-ridden federal program that provides flood insurance to more than 5 million homeowners and businesses located in flood-prone areas. The National Flood Insurance Program, an arm of FEMA, has for more than four decades offered affordable flood insurance to people... more »
July 6, 2010 8:01 PM
"This was no thunderstorm," Grand Marais resident Michael Rose said of Tuesday morning's storm. "This was just rain!" Rose had just finished draining his house on Olivier street; the rain woke him up early and he put all his valuables on cinderblocks. The mad morning dash to save the furniture... more »
June 14, 2010 10:59 PM
LANGLEY, Ark. (AP) - Crews on Monday found the body of a young girl who was the 20th victim of a flash flood that devastated a popular Arkansas campground, but they continued searching because it wasn't clear whether the girl was the last person reported missing. Officials had said earlier... more »
June 11, 2010 2:52 PM
In a state where hurricanes-and therefore flooding-are a big worry, homeowners need insurance.
State Farm, Louisiana's largest property insurer, says the federal government is not helping out the way it should.
It is changing its arrangement with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Agents will continue to sell... more »
May 25, 2010 9:01 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A deadline is looming for flood victims in six Louisiana parishes to apply for federal disaster loans from the Small Business Administration. June 21 is the SBA filing deadline for small businesses in Concordia, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Madison, Tensas and West Feliciana parishes that were... more »
May 6, 2010 4:14 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials have confirmed another flood death from Memphis, bringing the state's death toll from last weekend's storms to 20. The national toll is 30 people. Police found a body on Wednesday but have not released that person's identity. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency confirmed the... more »
February 18, 2010 7:03 PM
Diane Martin lives in the Wilmore Home, the oldest house in Morgan City.
She's lived there on and off for 20 years.
The house is right around the corner from the Freret St. flood wall.
"I really don't pay that much attention to it. It doesn't scare... more »
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 »
January 13, 2010 8:24 PM
In Vermilion Parish, the flood wall around Dozier Elementary is complete.
The school flooded for the first time during Rita and again for Ike. Flooding closed the school and many feared it would be shut down forever.
3.2 million dollars of state and federal dollars were used in... more »
December 23, 2009 11:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It may not be a white Christmas but it sure will be cold across Louisiana.
The National Weather Service expects up to 3 inches of rain across northern stretches through Thursday. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of northeast Louisiana and west... more »
November 19, 2009 3:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal government could be vulnerable to billions of dollars in claims after a judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers' failure to properly maintain a navigation channel led to massive flooding in Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval on Wednesday awarded seven plaintiffs... more »
November 11, 2009 12:25 PM
Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Randy Schexnayder is taking his mission to Washington DC. Today, he met with Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to try to get FEMA funds to build a flood wall for E. Broussard Elementary in Forked Island. After four years of no recess equipment for students,... more »
November 4, 2009 2:37 PM
BOSSIER CITY, La. -Louisiana National Guardsmen have been assisting with flood abatement operations since Saturday, Oct. 31, when flood waters threatened neighborhoods in Bossier City, La.
Since Saturday evening, approximately 400 Louisiana Guardsmen have been running around-the-clock operations to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bossier City... more »