• Taylor Faircloth and Madison Campbell

Historical Flooding in Louisiana

The flood that has consumed southern Louisiana is being heard around the world. The flood is somewhat similar to a tropical depression. More than 60,000 homes have been reportedly destroyed by the flood's wrath.

Between, August 8 – 14, 2016, about 6.9 trillion gallons of rainfall fell in one week. According to weather.com, “Officials have reported five in East Baton Rouge Parish, three in Tangipahoa Parish, two in St. Helena Parish, two in Livingston Parish, and one in Rapides Parish.” The estimated cost of repair from the flooding so far is averaged around 30 million dollars.

Watson, Louisiana has received more rainfall within three days than Los Angeles, California received within four years. According to cnn.com, “The US Coast Guard, National Guard, local emergency responders and even neighbors have helped rescue more than 30,000 residents and 1,400 pets.”

The disaster is the worst to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The flood still has about 2 feet of rain on some areas, but it seems that it will clear up soon.

The American Red Cross is currently accepting donations to help flood victims. Click the link below if to make an easy, one-time donation to help these desperate families.


Research for this article was taken from usatoday.com, weather.com, and cnn.com