Flood Stories in the Media

The Advocate on the 1983 Flood

An April 8, 2013 article from Baton Rouge’s The Advocate has been making its rounds on Facebook. The article is titled “Hell and High Water: The Devastating Flood of Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes in 1983” (by Bob Anderson and Bret McCormick) and marked the 30th anniversary of the devastating flood.

I was young when the ’83 Flood occurred; I don’t recall much of the actual event. What I do recall is seeing water up to the old TG&Y on Range Ave., and drawing a picture of the flood for class. According to the Anderson and McCormick article, it appears that the events of the flood are eerily similar to the 2016 Flood: (more…)

56-hour Loop Shows Why the Storm Without a Name Flooded Louisiana

Stu Ostro, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel, created this video of the storm that dumped between 20-30 inches of rain in southeast Louisiana over two days. The loop consists of the weather radar from August 12-14. Click here for the original video:

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The Emotional Toll of the Flood: NOLA.com

The storm without a name exists now only in our memory. The deluge of rain has long since subsided, and the flood waters have receded (for the most part) back into the bayous, rivers, and tributaries of forever-changed southeast Louisiana. Unlike the waters that always return to pre-flood levels, cities, neighborhoods, and families face a new reality – unable to return to their own pre-flood reality. The waters have left, leaving Louisianans to wade through the long-lasting repercussions.

The flood’s most significant impact in southeast Louisiana is the emotional toll citizens have taken. From the adrenaline-fueled evacuations in the midst of the flood to the gut-wrenching sorrow and anxiety after the flood, flood-impacted Louisianans are, in a sense, still experiencing the impact of a storm long-gone. (more…)