Eileen Fleming

News Reporter

Eileen is WWNO’s news reporter. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

Her prior experience includes five years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she freelanced stories for U.S. publications. She also worked as a part-time reporter for the Belfast Telegraph during the Clinton-era peace process.

Eileen grew up in the Boston area, and then moved to California where she worked at newspapers throughout the state. Eileen received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University.

The non-profit formerly known as the St. Bernard Project began after Hurricane Katrina, repairing damaged homes in flooded areas. It’s now called “S-B-P” and has helped non-profits across the country jump-start recoveries after disasters.

Now, its AmeriCorps volunteers are working in flooded areas in the Baton Rouge area.  WWNO’s Eileen Fleming spoke with SBP Co-founder Zack Rosenburg about what’s happening around the state.

With all that floodwater heading south, some may be concerned about the Port of New Orleans. Officials there are not worried.

About 200 people gathered at The Pavilion of the Two Sisters in City Park on Sunday for a memorial to cultural activist Sharon Litwin. 

  Leaders of the groups she helped over the years turned out to honor the British native who embraced New Orleans.

As flooding drenches parts of southern Louisiana, the city of New Orleans is sending help. 

With all the floodwater in Louisiana, some may be worrying about whether the extremely wet conditions could attract mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. A leading expert says that’s not a main concern.

NEW ORLEANS -- Noted New Orleans sportswriter Peter Finney has died.

He passed away Saturday at his home. Finney was 88.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that Finney’s career spanned seven decades. He began with the New Orleans States Item in the summer of 1945, covering American Legion baseball shortly after graduating from Jesuit High School.

The National Weather Service says the rivers in the Baton Rouge area have started to fall, but still remain above flood stage setting record levels over the weekend.

The weather service office in Slidell says the rivers and streams north of Interstate 12 have crested and have started to drop, while those south of the interstate continue to rise.

Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s critical to remain vigilant.

“Obviously this remains a very serious event, historic flooding, and it remains ongoing," he said.

Officials are asking people to stay out of flood areas in south Louisiana while they help people escape unprecedented flooding. 

Tulane University police officers are getting special training this week from on-campus experts in first aid. The sessions are focused on handing an active shooter or something resulting in mass casualties.

New Orleans officials are keeping a close eye on the Zika battle under way in Miami. Officials are ramping up the local response.

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