Louisiana’s 1,000-year flood: Eleven dead and over 40,000 homes and businesses affected

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Flooding in Hammond

By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the flooding in Louisiana. But since Louisiana isn’t as “hip” as New York or California, you probably haven’t seen a lot of coverage in the national media – a story here, a story there – nothing serious; after all, it’s only Louisiana.

But this isn’t what might be called an “ordinary” flood; this flood has been designated as a 1000-year flood. Yes, that’s right; NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has designated the rains that caused this massive flooding as an event estimated to occur once every 1,000 years. Other areas, less hard hit, were designated as 500-year events and 100-year events.

La Ann Exceed Prob AEPs worst case map

To put this episode in perspective, since the start of 2012, Los Angeles has seen a total of 29.18 inches of rain. In just a few days’ time, Watson, Louisiana (18 miles Northeast of Baton Rouge), picked up 31.39 inches…

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