By Taylor Donnot
Alongside all the excitement going on with the Olympics in Rio, back on the home front in Louisiana Mother Nature was not hanging out metals and joy. Baton Rouge Area Chamber translates that figure into an estimate of roughly 110,000 homes, valued at $20.7 billion, this is a staggering amount of houses that have been ruined by the water damage and the flooding.
The Louisiana Flood of 2016 was triggered by a complicated, slow-moving low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain on parts of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena parishes in 48 hours. The record two-day rainfall in those areas had a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in any year, the equivalent of a "1,000-year rain"
It seems as if Mother Nature was just building this storm and waiting to wreak havoc on parts of Louisiana. August 5th Florida national Hurricane center noticed low pressure cloud that was looking like a tropical typhoon was moving closer, however it never developed into a hurricane was just a very low pressure weather cloud. Typically the Tropical typhoons form a big cloud and move rather quickly. This storm however was very slow moving; individual thunderstorms kept forming on its south and southwest side and drifted through the Baton Rouge area -- over and over again on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Heavy rains also were falling in waves across the south central and southwest Louisiana coast, causing flooding there, too.
The greatest rain volumes for the three-day period ending Sunday at 7 a.m. were recorded at White Bayou in Zachary, more than 26 inches, and in Livingston, more than 25 1/2 inches. Other stations with more than 20 inches were Norwood, at the Comite River near Baker and on Hooper Road northeast of Baton Rouge.
So while people all over the US were sitting at home comfortably watching to Olympics all day for several days, there where hundreds of thousands of people seeking to be rescued, looking for shelter, trying to save their loved ones, trying to find shelter safety and some dryness.
Total of 13 deaths.