Tuesday, June 18 2013 5:12 PM EDT2013-06-18 21:12:52 GMT
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on theMore >>
A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with second degree murder after his 5-year-old sister died Sunday. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Detectives say the boy admitted to practicing "WWE" moves on the girl, even after she told him that she was in pain.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-06-18 20:10:44 GMT
WWL-TV reports there has been a possible explosion in Washington Parish early Tuesday morning. The station stated on its website officials are on their way to the town of Isabel to investigate. According toMore >>
There was a gas line explosion early Tuesday morning, according to Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal. The gas fire is out, but trees in the area are still burning. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-06-18 14:36:47 GMT
Louisiana State Police reports I-10 East is closed at Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge due to multiple crashes. Traffic on I-10 East is being diverted onto I-49 North.Drivers trying to get toMore >>
Louisiana State Police said I-10 East was closed for a while Tuesday morning due to multiple crashes near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:18 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:18:50 GMT
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Johnny Williams Jr., 34, of Hammond, faces charges of felony theft and possession of marijuana. The Tangipahoa ParishMore >>
A man accused of stealing air conditioners was arrested on theft and drug charges Monday. Witnesses said they saw him take the units. More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:37 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:37:41 GMT
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported Justo Venegas, 31, is wanted on a charge of forcible rape. Chief DeputyMore >>
Sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a suspected rapist. He is wanted for forcible rape involving a girl. More >>
CENTRAL, LA (WAFB) -
Nearly 1,700 homes in the City of Central found themselves in the flood zone when the latest elevation maps came out four years ago, causing many to pay higher insurance costs that they may not have been required to pay; but now officials have decided to hire someone so the situation may be fixed.
"A neighbor built up like three feet because of mapping issues, so he wouldn't have to have flood insurance," said Kathi Cowen, the former Flood Plain Manager for the City of Central. She says in one neighborhood some homes have been built up, while others are build low to the ground. Cowen says it's the result of inaccurate flood maps.
An area known as Beaver Bayou, she says, has not had a detailed flood study done since 1982. Something officials believe FEMA should have done, before issuing the new flood maps and changing people's insurance ratings.
"Since then, there's been two new bridges," said Cowen. "No telling what else changed."
However the area between Beaver Bayou and the Denham Springs watershed is where the disputed information is causing the biggest problems. Cowen says that area has never been studied.
Using the 1982 data, FEMA assigned the area as flood zone A. So when the 2008 maps came out, a majority of homeowners in the area who never paid flood insurance suddenly found themselves dishing out more than one thousand dollars for insurance.
"An insurance agent actually stood up at our meeting and had cases where peoples insurance gone from $200 to $1000."
She says because no more detailed study had been done here in 20 years, Central will now hire an engineer to go out and determine the accurate flood elevation levels. Many homeowners hope that will result a fair elevation reading for them as well as lower insurance rates.
Some of the homes could be taken out of that zone A, but go into a zone AE. Even that would mean savings - from paying one thousand dollars for flood insurance to just over six hundred dollars.