Baton Rouge

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…)


Awash with emotions: A Narrative by Shelly McDonald

The town of Denham Springs is like a ghost town with only a few residents left.  Debris lines the roads in Denham Springs and Baton Rouge.  It is a huge task for the waste management companies to pick up the debris near tens of thousands of homes and businesses.  Flooded vehicles remain in home and business parking lots if the water did not wash them elsewhere.  Mud caked water lines lets passersby view how high the water got in any area.  The scene is otherworldly. (more…)

“When You Pass Through the Waters…”: A Narrative by Shelly McDonald

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you…” Is. 43:2

Our current home has never flooded nor has been threatened by water at any time.  When we purchased our home in Baton Rouge, LA, our first question was, “Has it ever flooded?”  Our realtor assured us that the home was not in a flood zone and that we did not have to purchase flood insurance.  But this would change August 13, 2016. (more…)