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Army Corps Proposes $2B in Improvements South Louisiana Levees

A federal agency is proposing $2 billion in improvements to the levee system that protects against hurricane flooding along portions of seven parishes in south Louisiana. The Army Corps of Engineers planned virtual public meetings for Jan. 12 and 13 …

After Crashing onto Louisiana Coast, Cristobal Moves Up Mississippi River Basin

Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened into a depression early on June 8 after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town …

Louisiana Spillway May Have to Be Opened for a Record 3rd Year in a Row

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said on March 31. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) …

Louisiana Flood Victims End Lawsuit Against Trump, HUD Over Disaster Aid

Two Louisiana homeowners who sued the Trump administration over federal policies that stalled grants for victims of a massive 2016 flood have dropped their lawsuit, after the administration recently released new regulations allowing the homeowners to receive aid. U.S. District …

Barry Weakened After Landfall in Louisiana But Flooding Still Expected in Some Areas

Storm Barry trudged through northwestern Louisiana on Sunday, weakening to a tropical depression but dropping up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rain in some places to create life-threatening flood conditions along the Mississippi River. Barry, which made landfall on …

Louisiana Pledges $80M for Bayou Chene Floodgate

Residents in six southeastern Louisiana parishes will get some relief from backwater flooding thanks to a new floodgate. Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week that the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is pledging $80 million to build a …

Victims of 2016 Louisiana Flooding Sue Trump Administration Over Aid

Two Louisiana homeowners have sued President Donald Trump’s administration for policy change delays that have kept thousands of victims of a massive 2016 flood from receiving federal aid. Jeffry and Amanda Meyer, who owned a Livingston Parish home destroyed in …

Louisiana Parishes to Share $41M for Flood Control Project

Six of Louisiana’s coastal parishes will split more than $41 million to pay for projects aimed at fortifying communities against coastal land loss and rising seas. Ten projects in Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Terrebonne …

Thousands of Louisiana Homeowners to Get More Help With Flood Repairs

Some Louisiana homeowners with damage from the 2016 floods who received help from the state’s recovery program will be receiving checks for full reimbursement of their repairs. Louisiana officials announced Monday they received federal approval to reimburse additional homeowners the …

Appeals Court Reverses New Orleans-Area Flooding, MRGO Ruling

A Washington appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling that held the federal government liable for some of the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina and other major storms — a ruling that could have resulted in damage payments for …