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


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 of rain – two inches more than Los Angeles has received in over three years’ time.

Unlike many other national disasters, flooding (rising water) isn’t covered by homeowner’s insurance. Unless the homeowner had special flood insurance, the folks devastated by the flooding will suffer their loss without insurance reimbursement. Thirty parishes (counties) have been designated as disaster areas so FEMA assistance will be available, but that doesn’t rebuild homes or replace contents.

So, the losses sustained by many residents, some of whom have lost their home, furniture and all of its contents will be borne by themselves alone. Authorities estimate that over 40,000 homes and businesses were impacted by the flooding. And that doesn’t mention cars and trucks. While they may be covered by automobile policies, most will be total losses accompanied by lack of transportation until replacements can be acquired. Especially on low income people for whom the loss of a home and all it contained may be catastrophic, the impact can be life-changing.

That is the tragedy. Many of those suffering losses will find it difficult or impossible to recover and rebuild. What will happen to them?

Criticism of the national media is growing for the relative lack of attention it is paying to the catastrophic flooding in south Louisiana. “This is a sprawling human tragedy,” writes Salon political writer Sean Illing. “And it’s happening right now, just beyond the view of a media more interested in Justin Bieber’s Instagram status than in the sufferings of flyover country.”

Though network news and major daily papers have given some coverage to the devastation, the story hasn’t dominated media outlets in the way that Superstorm Sandy or Hurricane Katrina did. Nor have cable news anchors flocked to the area as they did last month to cover the protests over Alton Sterling’s death and the ambush killing of three law enforcement officers.

This hits close to home for me as I was born and raised in Baton Rouge and still have family members living there. My son operates a business in Baton Rouge [a shameless plug: I ♥ Absinthe is his website] and when I spoke to him on Monday, his home was OK, but his office and warehouse was at serious risk of rising water. My brother wasn’t as lucky as he had almost a foot of water in his house already.

Fortunately, on Tuesday I learned that my son’s business was spared and water didn’t get into the facility, but his business was interrupted for two days when he couldn’t ship products. Thankfully, all of my family members are OK and only my brother suffered a major loss.

My son did send me a Facebook video that was interesting. It was done by a black rapper, called “Jiggy Down Tomysocks” who called out Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers for their conspicuous absence.

He got it right. Both my brother and my son told me that people were helping each other without regard to race – blacks helping whites, whites helping blacks – maybe it takes a disaster to bring the races together. It damn sure doesn’t take Black Lives Matter or the Black Panthers since all they bring is discord, hate, and violence.

And here is a video showing a woman and her dog being rescued from a submerged car. The point to note here is that the car is “on end” and completely disappears at one point – graphically showing the depth of the water at that location.



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13 replies

  1. Here’s a link to a page I found on the Weather Channel that lists some charities who are taking donations for flood victims. It turns out that Red Cross isn’t as bad as I thought and the United Way keeps most of our donations at the local level.

    “The do-gooders at the American Red Cross do a good job of spending your money when you donate. They manage to keep administrative expenses at less than 5% of their total overhead, and they spend 92.1% of their income on actual programs that benefit the community. Whether it’s teacher CPR, or managing crisis during the aftermath of a disaster, the Red Cross puts your money to good use.”




  2. Those poor people. I can’t imagine what they must be going through. If anyone knows of a reputable agency to donate to, please let me know. I see that United Way has a donation link dedicated to that area for the flood victims and I’ll give something to them if I don’t get another recommendation. I want the money to be spent for the victims, not red tape and bureaucrats.

    When I went to look for a donation conduit I saw that Taylor Swift has pledged to donate $1 million. Apparently black lives matter to her. Where’s the pledge from Kanye West? Barack Obama (from his PERSONAL fortune, not the U.S. treasurey)? Oprah? Beyonce? Jay Z? Samuel L. Jackson? We’re about to find out if anything but their own fame matters to them.

    Love that man’s rant. I hope he doesn’t waste too much time looking for BLM. Helping flood victims won’t advance the anti-cop agenda.

    Thanks for helping to spread the awareness, Garnet. The media picks and chooses its pet disasters.


    • CW, steer clear of United Way and Red Cross – from what I remember they’re both top heavy in management and not much of your money actually reaches the victims. We learned that after we donated to Katrina victims. There have also been some phony Go Fund Me pages that have popped up – seems everybody has a new con.

      I want to help too and if I find a better way, I’ll post the info, or maybe someone else knows…??


  3. Where’s Obama? Where are the Democrats? Even though rain and flooding are colorblind, just like Katrina, there are Black lives and homes being affected and destroyed… Barack Obama hates Black People!


    • Baton Rouge is over 50% black – Barack’s people – but does he care – not one whit. How dare you imply that he should cut his golf short just to do president stuff – it can wait ’till January when Hillary takes over.


  4. I have a friend here that’s from Louisiana and she’s been keeping me updated with videos and updates. Most all the roads are closed and the bayous are overflowing. Gators and snakes are everywhere and the authorities as well as volunteers are busy rescuing people 24/7. Yet we see helicopter videos of people still trying to drive down flooded roads.

    This smacks of Katrina, except that it just keeps coming and coming. Many of these people will be forced to relocate and start their lives all over again just as they did after the hurricane. I’m sharing the video in hopes that it spreads and shames the BLM into rethinking their priorities, although it’s doubtful. Our soulless jerk of a president is doing what he usually does whenever there’s a crisis. Yep, playing golf and can’t be bothered with such matters. To my knowledge he hasn’t said a word or sent one warm body to help these people.


    • Surely you jest! Barack Obama interrupting his vacation and his golf? If California had “the big one” and fell into the Pacific or if the Yellowstone super volcano erupted, then maybe, just maybe, he’d cut a golf round short and do something presidential. But for Louisiana, no way – not enough campaign money or Hollywood stars in Baton Rouge.


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