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Flood Costs Keep Clouds in Place Over Louisiana

Aug 23, 2016
Mark Carroll

LSU Economist Dr. Jim Richardson issued an estimate Monday, saying it will be a year before Louisiana recovers and the economic impacts of this flood are fully known.

From Response to Recovery

Aug 22, 2016
Together Baton Rouge/Kevin Frey

In one week, south Louisiana has gone from watching in horror as the rains came down and the waters kept rising to another kind of showers – tears and sweat – as residents salvaged what they could of their personal possessions and volunteers worked to tear out sodden flooring and drywall.

Giving Help For Gutting Flood-Damaged Homes

Aug 19, 2016
Sue Lincoln

Governor John Bel Edwards met with U.S Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Thursday, acknowledging the massive recovery task that lies ahead.

“Housing will certainly be a major issue,” the governor said, with over 40-thousand homes sustaining some level of flood damage.

FEMA

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate is in Baton Rouge this week helping south Louisiana move toward recovery from the record flooding. 


Wallis Watkins

The federal disaster declaration now includes twenty south Louisiana parishes impacted by flooding. 


Flooding Info – Important Contacts

Aug 15, 2016

Websites and phone numbers for assistance.

Louisiana Flooding: "Plenty Bad"

Aug 15, 2016
Sue Lincoln

Hundreds of miles of south Louisiana is under water.

“I don’t want to say it’s worse than a hurricane – it’s just plenty bad,” Governor John Bel Edwards stated Sunday at the Emergency Ops briefing for the media.

The governor, who evacuated from the mansion due to flooding, says despite the rains easing up, this is far from over.

"Record" Flooding Continues Across South Louisiana

Aug 13, 2016
LA National Guard

“This is an ongoing event that is far from over,” Governor John Bel Edwards said of the storm system that is sitting over south Louisiana and spinning slowly westward.

Using phrases like “unprecedented” and “record levels of flooding,” he went on to urge citizens to “Stay home if you are high and dry and safe,” as well as to “Evacuate immediately if you are told to do so.”

Flood Fight

Jan 11, 2016
Frank Barnett

The Mississippi River is still rising and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in what they call a Flood Fight.

During Flood Fight the most important thing to the Corps is monitoring and attending to the well-being of the levees. All measures are taken to ensure its safety and well-being.


Bonnet Carre Spillway Opens

Jan 11, 2016
WRKF, Travis Lux

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the Bonnet Carre Spillway on Sunday. Heavy rain in the Mississippi Valley and rising river water stages prompted the opening.

The spillway was opened to divert water into Lake Pontchartrain to help keep the volume of Mississippi River flows at New Orleans from exceeding 1.25 million cubic feet per second. That amount of water is enough to fill the entire Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a minute and 40 seconds.

The spillway may be open for several weeks. All public access areas within the spillway are closed until further notice.

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