Governor declares State of Emergency for Orleans over flooding and pump concerns
Posted on 8/10/2017 12:42:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting. 
Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today to discuss the possibility of more flooding in the city, as a turbine caught fire overnight forcing a pumping station to move to last resort power.
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Congressman Graves concerned about flood recovery dollars getting to victims
Posted on 8/8/2017 3:54:00 AM.

As Louisiana is approaching the one year anniversary of the historic flooding, Congressman Garret Graves is concerned with the slow pace of funding getting into the hands of flood victims. Graves says only 1% of the two billion additional dollars allocated by the federal government has been dispersed to flooded homeowners. He says it’s very difficult to quantify the remaining unmet needs when so much money is in the bank.

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Evangeline Parish recovering from weekend flooding
Posted on 5/1/2017 10:58:00 AM.

Rising waters are a concern today in Evangeline Parish, as flooding from that weekend storm system hit at least two towns hard. Director of the Evangeline Office of Emergency Preparedness, Liz Hill says the city of Mamou sustained extensive damage.

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LSU AgCenter finds agriculture loss from August flood totals $277 million
Posted on 9/13/2016 11:54:00 AM.

An updated analysis from the LSU AgCenter finds agriculture losses from the August flooding totaled nearly $277-million. The original estimate was $110-million in damage. AgCenter Economist Kurt Guidry says rice and soybeans were the two hardest hit crops.

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Could Baton Rouge see a population shift as a result of The Great Flood of 2016?
Posted on 8/29/2016 3:00:00 AM.

After Hurricane Katrina there was a huge population shift from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, will we see this trend again after the Great Flood of 2016? Demographer Greg Rigamer expects flood victims to try and rebuild where they lived prior to the flood.

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Agriculture industry struggling after historic flooding
Posted on 8/26/2016 12:21:00 PM.

The historic flooding in the southern part of the state not only destroyed thousands of homes, but greatly affected the agriculture business. Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain says farming is a 13 billion dollar industry in Louisiana and 28 to 30 parishes were hurt by the massive rainfall.

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Despite the flooding, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is up and running
Posted on 8/24/2016 11:48:00 AM.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank received more than four feet of water, lost a million pounds of food, along with the majority of its equipment during the Great Flood of 2016. President and CEO Mike Manning says with the hard work and donations from the Salvation Army and other food banks, they’re back online distributing food.

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Former Gov. Blanco concerned about housing for flood victims
Posted on 8/23/2016 12:28:00 PM.

Former Governor Kathleen Blanco understands what state and local officials are dealing with as the recovery has begun from the devastating flood that inundated thousands of homes without flood insurance. She says similar to Hurricane Katrina, we are once again dealing with a serious housing dilemma.

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More than $6 million raised for flood victims on GoFundMe
Posted on 8/23/2016 11:01:00 AM.

Over 5,000 GoFundMe campaigns have been created to aid victims of this historic flooding raising more than $6 million. CEO of GoFundMe Rob Solomon says money is being donated from all around the country and the world. He says this is the largest U.S. natural disaster seen on the GoFundMe platform.

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LSU economist estimates at least a one year recovery period after historic floods
Posted on 8/22/2016 1:52:00 PM.

It’s estimated it will take at least one year to recover from the historic floods. That’s according to LSU Economist Jim Richardson who says Livingston Parish, which was the hardest hit, will need a while to get back to some kind of normalcy.

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