Making Sense Of The Louisiana Flooding: How Bad Is It?

Making Sense Of The Louisiana Flooding: How Bad Is It?

The National Memo published an appeal from meteorologist Eric Holthaus in our morning newsletter today calling upon President Obama to respond more forcefully to the flooding in Louisiana. Holthaus argued that the flooding, the result of an unnamed storm, has received significantly less attention from politicians and the media than a named storm of comparable damage would have.

And he’s right. The Red Cross has already called the flooding the worst natural disaster on American soil since Hurricane Sandy, four years ago. The scope of the flooding is difficult to grasp.

 

6.9 Trillion

gallons of rainfall in one week across Louisiana, per meteorologist Ryan Maue and as reported by CNN. In one parish, Watson, 31 inches of rain fell between 6am and 9pm last Tuesday.

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CNN

 

60,000-110,000

homes damaged by flooding (this is a range of reported damage and homes within flooded areas). 106,000 households have registered with FEMA to receive aid.

Debris is seen floating in flood water in front of a damaged home in St. Amant, Louisiana, U.S., August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

 

30,000 residents

rescued from flooded areas.

Jason LeBlanc tries to salvage a flood damaged motor outside of his house in Sorrento, Louisiana, U.S., August 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

 

22

school districts forced to close, some indefinitely. The Washington Post reports as many as 4,000 teachers have been displaced by flooding.

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

 

20

parishes have been declared disaster areas by FEMA. And Gov. John Bell Edwards expects 10 more parishes to be declared disasters areas soon, out of a total of 64 in the state.

Wikimedia Commons/Williamcasey

Wikimedia Commons/Williamcasey

 

13

deaths across the state.

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Top Photo: A man throws flood damaged material into a pile of debris in St. Amant, Louisiana, U.S., August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

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