POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 7:04pm
Baton Rouge (NBC 33) — In Orleans Parish, a federal appeals court has reversed its decision about who is liable for property damage caused by flooding from Hurricane Katrina. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for billions of dollars in property damage. The same three judge panel had sided with plaintiffs earlier this year.
Property owners say excavation work weakened the New Orleans floodwalls, causing them to breach during the 2005 storm. The panel's new opinion says the corps is completely insulated from liability by a provision of the federal tort claims act called the discretionary-function exception.
In East Baton Rouge Parish, the Capital Area YMCA has announced it’s ready to build a new facility in Zachary. It’ll be built to include tennis courts, a fitness center, a community meeting room and an outdoor pool. The multi-million dollar project will be built on Liberty Way in Zachary. The YMCA says it plans to use tax credits to get the place built, though there’s been no word on when it's set to open.
In St. Landry Parish, local business man, Bob Giles has once again challenged the local sportsmen clean out their freezers. Every year, Giles encourages other sportsmen to clean donate leftover frozen fish and game from last year’s hunting season to help the less fortunate. Collection sites were set up yesterday in eight locations to collect the donations. They’ll be given to the Opelousas Lighthouse Mission.