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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

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A doomsday situation could be just around the corner for North Louisiana and South Arkansas.  The Ouachita River could be defunded by the Corp of Engineers because of a lack of barge traffic.

Terry Baugh of the Ouachita Port says, “We are one pen swipe from disaster.”

The Lake Oroville Dam spillway in California is in danger of collapsing. The emergency spillway is being over-topped and more than 200,000 people are being moved to higher ground.

Live video is switching between 3 cameras located on the dam.

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FEMA Extends Deadline For Flood Assistance

May 27, 2016
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Just over two months after the disastrous flooding that struck the area in March, many residents  are still trying to repair the damage and piece together their lives again.

In response to a request from Governor Edwards, the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration to June 13. 

Since the President declared the March floods a disaster, FEMA and the SBA have received over 39,000 applications for aid. Ouachita Parish suffered the brunt of the damage and has over 10,000 applicants.

Combating the Mosquito Menace

May 2, 2016
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When the heavy rains and flooding came in March, it didn't take long for many residents to begin to worry about the return of the usual spring scourge, mosquitoes. With the water table already so high, more rain anticipated, and temperatures rising, conditions are ideal for these troublesome foes to return strong this year.

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With flood waters continuing to recede around the area, many residents are faced with the dilemma of disposing of materials that may be dangerous or hazardous to the environment. Ouachita Green is stepping up to help. The organization hosts a Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Law enforcement officers, ULM students, and volunteers will be standing by to unload waste and ensure it is properly collected. Examples of items that will be disposed of are:

FEMA and SBA Provide Assistance to Flood Victims

Mar 22, 2016
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Flood waters can reap havoc on a home or business, and cleaning up and rebuilding can be a costly endeavor. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration are helping residents apply for federal assistance.

FEMA Representative Bill Rukeyser says the application process is relatively simple and there are plenty of organizations ready to help flood victims navigate the claims process.

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In the wake of the floodwaters, area schools are in desperate need of school supplies lost or damaged by the high waters.

The West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Adopt-A-School organization to organize a community-wide school supply drive.

Better Business Bureau Helps Avoid Contractor Scams

Mar 21, 2016
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In the wake of the recent flood devastation to the area, many people are in a hurry to put things back together as fast as possible. That sense of urgency can open some up to the risk of being taken advantage of by contractors or those posing to be legitimate contractors. Jo Ann Deal of the Monroe branch of the Better Business Bureau advises that there are some ways to avoid being scammed.

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