Laura Recovery

  Many evacuees still in Baton Rouge nearly a month after Hurricane Laura

It has been nearly a month since Hurricane Laura slammed into the Lake Charles area, and while many have continued on with their lives elsewhere around the state and country, thousands are still in shelters across the state.

  Hurricane Laura blood drive: Why you should donate

Entergy says majority of power to be restored by Sept. 23

  WAFB partners with Rouses for Hurricane Laura food donation drive

  EBR Parish School System hosting blood drive Friday in response to Hurricane Laura

  Ascension Parish students donate to kids affected by Hurricane Laura

28 deaths in Louisiana attributed to Hurricane Laura

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Authorities recover 2 stolen trailers from S.C. filled with meals for Hurricane Laura victims

Automatic SNAP replacements approved for 26 parishes

25% of power outages remain after energy infrastructure takes major hit from Laura

  Gov. Edwards says decision on La. moving to Phase 3 will come ‘before Friday’

Debris lines streets of Holly Beach as one couple decides to rebuild again

  Two Westlake residents who rode out Hurricane Laura speak on the experience

  How to help Hurricane Laura victims

As families return to a hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, the need for necessary food and supplies is overwhelming.

Rescue Alliance setting up a pet food giveaway in Cameron Parish

The Rescue Alliance along with the Humane Society of Louisiana has scheduled a pet food giveaway in Cameron Parish for Monday, September 7, from 2 p.m. - 4 pm.

Operation Blue Roof underway in SWLA

There are many relief organizations in Southwest Louisiana offering free supplies in this time of crisis, but one of those programs has been helping people get back in their homes for years.

Louisiana Guard units hurt in Katrina help out in Lake Charles

Troops from New Orleans are helping fuel the Lake Charles recovery effort in a big way.

Gov. Edwards holds press conference about Hurricane Laura evacuees in New Orleans

GoFundMe set up to help former LSU DL whose new home was destroyed by Hurricane Laura

  ’People literally have nothing’ - Former LSU Tiger Washington driven to help Hurricane Laura victims

  Sec. of State discusses Nov. 3 election plan as La. recovers from Hurricane Laura, continues to fight COVID-19

  Cajun Navy gives out hot meals in downtown Lake Charles

  Local doctor discusses riding out Hurricane Laura at Memorial Hospital

  LSU to deliver truckload of supplies to Hurricane Laura victims in SWLA

Another truckload of supplies was loaded up at LSU Thursday, Sept. 3 to be taken to victims of Hurricane Laura in southwest Louisiana.

  Senator Cassidy discusses Hurricane Laura recovery after damage tour

Lake Charles residents damaged by Hurricane Laura say the lights can’t come back on fast enough.

Disaster assistance registration materials available at over 40 hotels in Baton Rouge

FEMA is providing resources to survivors on how to register for disaster assistance right from their hotels.

Residents, businesses in 16 parishes affected by Hurricane Laura eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

Officials with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) say businesses and residents in 16 Louisiana parishes affected by Hurricane Laura can apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA).

Salvation Army feeds thousands in SWLA after Laura

The Salvation Army helps Southwest Louisiana by feeding thousands after Hurricane Laura.

FEMA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team up for Operation Blue Roof

FEMA has announced that they will be partnering with the United States Army Corps of Engineers for Operation Blue Roof.

Calcasieu Sept. 2 updates on Hurricane Laura recovery

Calcasieu officials are holding a briefing on Hurricane Laura recovery at 4 p.m.

  Some southwest La. families to enroll their children in Baton Rouge area schools due to damage from Hurricane Laura

The widespread damage from Hurricane Damage has prompted many families from southwest Louisiana who evacuated to the Baton Rouge area to enroll their children in local schools.

  Gov. Edwards praises local officials, organizations on Hurricane Laura recovery efforts, but says work is far from over

Gov. Edwards is scheduled to travel to Leesville, La., one of the hardest-hit areas last week during Hurricane Laura where a 14-year-old girl was killed.

Cameron Parish residents come back to damage

Cameron Parish residents come back to damage

  After Hurricane Laura devastation, Louisiana lawmakers discuss picking up the pieces

Leaders and citizens in Louisiana are trying to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Laura hit the state last week.

More parishes approved for FEMA aid following Hurricane Laura

List of Louisiana parishes impacted by Hurricane Laura now eligible for FEMA aid.

FEMA: Previous federal help won’t affect eligibility for Hurricane Laura victims

FEMA considers each disaster to be a separate event so survivors affected by multiple storms may receive help more than once.

  Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition lends a helping hand to Hurricane Laura victims in SWLA

Sayings like “Rome wasn’t built in a day” hold true for the people of southwest Louisiana.

Gov. Edwards advises residents affected by Hurricane Laura to preregister for DSNAP benefits

Governor John Bel Edwards is encouraging residents of parishes affected by Hurricane Laura to preregister for DSNAP benefits, also known as disaster food stamps.

NFL receiver Trey Quinn starts GoFundMe to help hometown after Hurricane Laura

Washington Football Team wide receiver Trey Quinn wanted to use his connections as a professional football player to aid his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Quinn elected to use GoFundMe while teaming up with the United Way.

  Donations, volunteers needed to continue Hurricane Laura recovery efforts in southwest La.

Organizations from around the Baton Rouge area are working to help residents devastated by Hurricane Laura.

  Lake Charles residents say they’ve had enough while beginning to clean up damage from Laura

As they clean up after one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit Louisiana, some residents of southwest Louisiana say they’ve had enough.

  LDH says some SWLA water facilities did not have backup generators when Laura hit

State officials say nearly 600,000 people in southwest Louisiana may not have access to clean water right now because of pipe damage or lost power after Hurricane Laura.

Hay bales save home in Grand Lake

“I was nervous but now I can say I beat the big bad wolf.”

  Lake Charles residents repair homes in heat with no power

The reality of Laura’s impact is starting to sink in for hundreds of Lake Charles residents. Trees sliced through dozens of homes and many are beginning repairs in stifling heat with no electricity.

  Phone line to find Hurricane Laura evacuees in state-provided hotel rooms

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has now set up a way for families to find their loved ones who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Laura to a state-provided hotel room.

La. State Licensing Board of Contractors issues warning about fraud after Hurricane Laura

The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors (LSLBC) is warning residents about the potential for contractor fraud after Hurricane Laura.

HURRICANE LAURA: McNeese athletics plans to come back ‘better than ever’

McNeese plans on rebuilding immediately

DCFS opens reception center at Alexandria MegaShelter for evacuees

A Reception Center at the Alexandria MegaShelter is now open

  Crews at the ready to take down crumpled tower over KPLC

The tower crumpled by Hurricane Laura has left KPLC unable to broadcast out of its studio.But work to remove the fallen tower is already underway.

All of SWLA under burn ban

All of southwest Louisiana is under a burn ban while the area is without water in the wake of Hurricane Laura.

  Area churches helping families in Lake Charles recover after Hurricane Laura

Area churches are stepping up to help families in Lake Charles recover.

  Gov. Edwards updates state’s activity related to Hurricane Laura response efforts

Governor John Bel Edwards is planning to hold a press conference on the state’s activity related to Hurricane Laura.

  Baton Rouge organizations donate supplies to southwest Louisiana

Around the Baton Rouge area, many are giving back to those who have been severely affected by Hurricane Laura by organizing donation drives.

  Rescue Alliance in need of pet food, supplies for Hurricane Laura response

Hurricane Laura Urgent Rescue Alliance/Louisiana Pet Food Bank is asking for pet food and supply donations to help communities affected by the storm.

New reception center opens for evacuees affected by Hurricane Laura

A new reception center has opened up for evacuees that are seeking shelter due to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

  Generators linked to carbon monoxide poisoning deaths in wake of Hurricane Laura

The number of deaths linked to Hurricane Laura continues to grow due to the use of generators.

  President Trump approves Louisiana’s major disaster declaration request

President Trump approved Governor John Bel Edwards’ request for a major disaster declaration following Hurricane Laura Friday, Aug. 28.

  How to avoid charity scams during Hurricane Laura relief, according to the BBB

Scammers will prey on your fear and desperation to take your money, especially after a natural disaster. Posing as a charity is one way they may try to get you.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies heading to Calcasieu Parish to provide aid

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre and several deputies are headed to Calcasieu Parish Friday, Aug. 28 to help provide aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

  Laura victims may go weeks without power; deaths climb to 14

The remnants of Hurricane Laura unleashed heavy rain and twisters hundreds of miles inland from a path of death and mangled buildings along the Gulf Coast, and forecasters warn of new dangers as the tropical weather blows toward the Eastern Seaboard this weekend.

Calcasieu officials give Friday update on recovery efforts

Calcasieu officials give an update on recovery efforts in the area.

  Governor Edwards outlines what’s next in recovery process from destruction left by Hurricane Laura

It’s going to be a long road to recovery for the people in southwest Louisiana, especially in Cameron and Calcasieu parishes, along with other parts of central Louisiana.

‘It is a horrible feeling,’ Lake Charles evacuees describe anxiety returning to devastation

Hundreds maybe even thousands of people evacuated to New Orleans, and while they say they’re grateful for the shelter and hospitality many are anxious to get back to see what happened with their homes.

Hurricane Laura caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards

Hurricane Laura was so powerful that it pushed the Mighty Mississippi backwards.

Just like Rita, Laura blows out windows of Capitol One tower, dislodges casino riverboat

In scenes eerily reminiscent of Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Laura blew out the windows of the Capitol One building.

  Lake Charles, La. TV station tower toppled in Hurricane Laura

A broadcast tower over 300 feet tall was toppled by the winds from Hurricane Laura as the Category 4 storm made landfall in southwest Louisiana during the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 26.