NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Mississippi River is finally low enough again to let the Army Corps of Engineers begin closing a huge spillway after a record-breaking run diverting water into Lake...
Even as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the Mississippi River's levees held up when those in other parts of the city did not.
But as Tropical Storm Barry threatened New Orleans...
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say the body of a swimmer from Alabama has been recovered from a New Orleans-area lake after an Independence Day accident.
‘Don’t bug out’: Causeway catch drivers’ attention
LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN, La. (AP) — Slow the flock down.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Health is telling people to avoid touching algae that are growing the surface of Lake Pontchartrain.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billions of mosquito lookalikes are showing up in the New Orleans area, blanketing car windshields, littering the ground with bodies and even scaring some folks.
MONROE, La. (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of this year's Miss Louisiana contestants are students at the school that's hosting the competition this week.
COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A former Louisiana police sergeant has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing from the evidence room he supervised.
The Latest: Flood control structure opening at New Orleans
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on violent weather and flooding in the Southeast (all times local):
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin opening a historic flood...
Conservation groups air Louisiana land loss Super Bowl ad
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of conservation organizations fighting Louisiana's coastal erosion problems is taking their message to the Super Bowl.
Restore the Mississippi River Delta is a coalition made up of five environmental groups — the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
They're showing a commercial during the Super Bowl that draws attention to coastal erosion.
Louisiana lieutenant governor seeking international visitors
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Trying to bolster Louisiana's sizable tourism industry, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is reaching out to international visitors, seeking private investment in state parks and proposing the construction of a resort on Lake Pontchartrain.
20 year sentence in drunk driving death
GRETNA, La. (AP) — A 28-year-old Louisiana woman has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for causing a fatal crash on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in 2017.
New Orleans news outlets report that Olivia Matte of Covington was sentenced Thursday by state District Judge Glenn Ansardi.
Matte pleaded guilty in September to vehicular homicide and other charges.
Coroner: Missing Louisiana woman died in accidental drowning
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana coroner's office says a woman who went missing this summer while sailing on a lake accidentally drowned.
News outlets report the Thursday announcement by the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office has ruled out foul play in the death of 31-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux (TIB-uh-doh).
An empty sailboat washed up on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) one night in early August, and authorities rescued boat owner 43-year-old Michael Farley the next morning.
Coast Guard searching
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching the big brackish lake that borders New Orleans for the owner of an overturned boat.
A news release says the search began Wednesday night after Jefferson Parish authorities reported a white-hulled vessel capsized about a quarter-mile (0.4 kilometer) from a casino on Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) in suburban Kenner.
Petty Officer Brandon Giles says the Coast Guard is also trying to trace the ownership of the 14-foot aluminum boat.
Bodies of 2 boaters recovered in Louisiana
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — Authorities say the bodies of two boaters have been recovered in separate Louisiana waterways.
News outlets report that the bodies of 58-year-old Leonard Norbert of New Iberia and 66-year-old Milton B. Gomez of Ponchatoula were recovered Saturday.
Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Wendell Raborn says Norbert and his boat were found in the Atchafalaya Basin after he failed to check in during a fishing tournament.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says crews have rescued a 43-year-old man and are looking for a 32-year-old woman missing in the big brackish lake that borders New Orleans.
A news release says Michael Lee Farley was found about 7 a.m. Monday, after an all-night search of Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane). Crews are still looking for Sadie Thibodaux (TIB-uh-doh).
Petty Officer Brandon Giles says he doesn't know their hometowns.
New Orleans police: Motorcyclist falls off bridge, dies
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans police say a motorcyclist has fallen off a bridge and died.
Police tell news outlets in a statement that officers were called out Sunday night about a man who fell from the Claiborne Bridge and landed on the ground below. He was driving a motorcycle on the bridge when he struck the guardrail and fell over its edge. He died at the scene.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 2018 Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season will close Wednesday in an area near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line westward.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former toll collector in Louisiana has pleaded guilty to stealing under $750 in tolls during one month last year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on activities marking New Orleans' 300th anniversary (all times local):
Old-style, tall-masted sailing ships resembling vessels in a pirate movie have eased up to the New Orleans riverfront as part of the celebration of the city's 300th anniversary.
HAUGHTON, La. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather moving through Louisiana (all times local):
Louisiana State Police say they've closed the on-ramp of Interstate 55 southbound near Pontchatoula, Louisiana, after water began to pool on the highway in the area.
Trooper Dustin Dwight says, as of now, the northbound lanes of I-55 remain open.
Raw: Spillway Open To Avoid New Orleans Flood
NORCO, La. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began opening part of a 1930s flood control structure northwest of New Orleans on Thursday to divert water from a rising Mississippi River into nearby Lake Pontchartrain, a move that eases pressure on the city's levees but raises environmental concerns about the lake and the Gulf of Mexico.
NORCO, La. (AP) — The Latest on the opening of a Mississippi River flood control structure northwest of New Orleans (all times local):
Workers have begun opening an 87-year-old flood control structure to divert water from the rising Mississippi River away from New Orleans.
It's the 12th time the Bonnet Carre (BAHN'-eh CARE'-ee) spillway has been opened since it was completed in 1931.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A flood control structure upriver from New Orleans will likely be opened Thursday to keep pressure off the levee system that protects the city, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said.
Col. Mike Clancy, commander of the Corps' New Orleans district, told reporters Monday that the plan is for the Bonnet Carre Spillway to be partially opened beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday to divert some of the rising river's flow into nearby Lake Pontchartrain.
Government: Marsh restoration complete at Bayou Sauvage
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials say marsh restoration is complete at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, and the refuge is now open to hunting outside the levee system.
The restoration project used sediment pumped from Lake Pontchartrain to create brackish marsh in what had been open water ponds on the refuge. The work began Aug. 31, 2016.
Search and rescue operation underway after truck crashes into Lake Pontchartrain
(METAIRIE, LA) – The Causeway Police, along with the Coast Guard, Jefferson and St. Tammany Sheriff’s Departments are searching for a vehicle that crashed off of the causeway into Lake Pontchartrain.
According to Causeway Police, the search was activated when it was reported that approximately 1/2 a mile of guard rail was missing on the Southbound lane of the bridge and debris could bee seen on the road and in the water.
Prescribed burn starts in marsh north of New Orleans
LACOMBE, La. (AP) — Federal crews are burning a small part of a national wildlife refuge north of New Orleans to kill invasive plants.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday began burning about 60 acres (24 hectares) of marsh in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge .
Burning the invasive plants will let native marsh grasses return.
Would-be rescuer 1 of 2 dead after car goes into water
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two people — the driver of an automobile and a would-be rescuer — died after the car plunged into water at a restaurant overlooking Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.
The accident happened Tuesday night in New Orleans. The driver died after being pulled from the submerged car. A passenger was hospitalized in stable condition.
A body was pulled from the water Wednesday afternoon. New Orleans media reported that it was 50-year-old Frank Williams, a restaurant employee.
There's no off-season in this part of the United States. Weather cools but doesn't freeze. Festivals and holidays keep spirits lively in St.Tammany Parish, Louisiana, which lies on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain. The shallow estuary of Lake Pontchartrain separates the 24/7 beat of New Orleans from a myriad of outdoor activities, as well as the arts and, surprise, other terrific places to eat on the Northshore. It was that way even before the Causeway Bridge was constructed to connect the two shorelines. The toll bridge was finished in 1969.
LAPLACE — Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Shell Oil, Building Conservation Trust (CCA’s National Habitat Program) and the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, began construction on a new artificial reef in the St. John Parish portion of Lake Pontchartrain on Wednesday.
Body of man killed in oil and gas platform blast found
KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of a man who was killed during an explosion on an oil and gas platform in Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto said a helicopter spotted the body of 44-year-old Timothy Morrison on Friday afternoon. He said the body was on the lake's shoreline, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the platform.
Authorities suspend search for missing worker after blast
KENNER, La. (AP) — Authorities have suspended the search Monday for a Texas man who disappeared when an oil and gas platform exploded on a lake near New Orleans. Seven people were injured in the Sunday night blast and fire, including three who were in critical condition, authorities said.
The Latest: Coast Guard suspends search for missing man
KENNER, La. (AP) — The Latest on the oil rig explosion near New Orleans (all times local):
The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the man who was unaccounted for after an explosion on an oil platform in Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana.
Forty-four-year-old contractor Timothy Morrison of Katy, Texas, was still missing after the Sunday night explosion.
Search Continues for Missing Oil Rig Worker
Search and Rescue After Louisiana Oil Rig Blast
Oil rig explodes in Louisiana lake, injuries reported
KENNER, La. (AP) — An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain in St. Charles Parish, a Louisiana police department said.
Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said Sunday evening that rescue boats were being sent from the Kenner Boat Launch, and that officials with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are assisting, The Times-Picayune reported .
Raw: Injuries Reported in La. Oil Rig Blast
Trial postponed again for woman accused in fatal crash
COVINGTON, La. (AP) — The trial of a Louisiana woman facing a DWI charge from an incident that occurred several months before she was accused of causing a fatal crash while driving drunk on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has been continued until Dec. 19.
Louisiana man cited for crab trap theft
SLIDELL, La. (AP) — A 68-year-old Louisiana man has been cited for illegally taking crabs from a trap in Lake Pontchartrain.
Sgt. Mike Garrity, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent, cited Ernest Schmolke, of Slidell, for illegal removal of crab trap contents on Monday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities are searching one end of the huge lake north of New Orleans after a report of a man in the water, and have found an overturned boat.
The Coast Guard says it got a report shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday about a man without a life vest in Lake Pontchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane).
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says its agents have recovered an overturned 12-foot flatboat with a trolling motor, plus an ice chest and other items.
Louisiana’s inshore shrimp season to close Friday
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 p.m. Friday.
The closure affects the Louisiana/Mississippi state line westward to the eastern shore of the Mississippi River and from Freshwater Bayou canal westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line except for: Lake Pontchartrain, Chef Menteur and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, the Louisiana portion of Mississippi Sound, and the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.
The Latest: Tropical storm warning extended eastward
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on tropical weather (all times local):
The National Weather Service has extended the tropical storm warning on the Gulf Coast eastward to the Alabama-Florida border.
Forecasters Tuesday night increased the warning ahead of Tropical Storm Cindy to include Lake Pontchartrain and the New Orleans metro area.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Starting Saturday, commuters will pay higher tolls to cross the bridge linking the north and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
The increase will go from $2 to $3 for southbound drivers on the Causeway with toll tags and from $3 to $5 for customers who pay with cash. Larger vehicles will be affected more. Tolls will rise from $15 to $23 for an 18-wheeler cash-paying customer. That's an $8 increase. Toll-tag payers driving 18-wheelers will pay $22.50 per trip.
MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) — The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office says they've identified a teenager who drowned in Lake Pontchartrain.
News outlets report that 15-year-old Chandler Byrd has been identified by the coroner's office Sunday after he drowned the previous day.
The city of Mandeville said in a news release that the teenager jumped into the lake from the fishing pier at Sunset Point to recover a hat blown off his head by strong winds.
DA seeks to revoke bond for accused drunk driver
COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A district attorney wants to revoke or raise the bond of a Covington woman accused of causing a fatal accident while driving drunk on a bridge connecting the north and south shores of Lake Pontchartrain.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a possible vehicle in Lake Pontchartrain after a crash involving multiple vehicles on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge.
The Coast Guard said in a statement its crews found no evidence that a vehicle had plunged into the lake after it responded to the scene before dawn Thursday.
The search began after police reported a damaged guardrail on the northbound lanes of the causeway following the crash.
Camellia gardens to open the weekend of Feb. 18.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Camellia gardens will be on display on both shores of Lake Pontchartrain the weekend of Feb. 18.
On Saturday the 18th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds an annual open house at the Lacombe headquarters for its Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex . The site, with 400 varieties of camellias, azaleas and other native plants, once was called "Bayou Gardens."
Man accused of crashing van into lake with landlord inside
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a New Orleans man waited hours before telling authorities he crashed a minivan into a lake with his landlord inside.
News outlets report 25-year-old Miguel McCarty faces vehicular homicide and other charges in 52-year-old Regina Williams' death.
White shrimp season closing Monday in most of Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall white-shrimp season is about to close for most waters in Louisiana.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/2hxI2FX ) the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced most inshore waters will be closed to harvesting white shrimp beginning Monday. The department said recently sampling by its biologists shows the average white shrimp are smaller than the minimum size limit for possession.