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View All Floodwaters have finally crested across most of southern Louisiana after a harrowing weekend of record-high water that left at least six people dead, pushed at least 10,000 people into shelters, and prompted the rescues of more than 20,000 people.
It is currently anticipated that the August 2016 event will approach and possibly exceed this cost once all damage incurred to homes, businesses, public facilities, vehicles, infrastructure, and agriculture is taken into account.Ã¢Â€ÂFigure 1.
In this aerial photo over Hammond, La., flooded homes are seen off of LA-1064 after heavy rains inundated the region, Saturday, Aug. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)Multi-day rainfall of 10Ã¢Â€Â to 20Ã¢Â€Â, produced by a very slow-moving low pressure center, covered a large swath of south-central and southeast Louisiana (see Figure 2 below).
Bands of heavy rain also extended northeastward as far as Ohio along a preexisting frontal boundary, as moisture was funneled northward from the Gulf Coast low. Louis area received 4Ã¢Â€Â to 6Ã¢Â€Â of rain on Sunday night.) The storm system carried near-record amounts of atmospheric moisture, drawn from the Gulf of Mexico and northwest Atlantic, where sea-surface temperatures are well above average.
Climate change has already been shown to increase the amounts of rain falling in the most intense events across many parts of the world, and extreme rainfall events like this week's Louisiana storm are expected go grow increasingly common in the coming years. Rainfall amounts analyzed by data from multiple sensors for the week extending from 12Z ( am) Monday, August 8, 2016, to 12Z Monday, August 15.
When Your Patio Can Turn Your First Floor into a Basement Frequent readers of our blog know there are many quirks and pitfalls in the National Flood Insurance Program of which policyholders must be aware.
Here in the Garden State, many have seen their flood claims drastically reduced because of the basement exclusion.
The Standard Flood Insurance Policy defines a basement as “[a]ny area of the building, including any sunken room or sunken portion of a room, having its floor below ground level (subgrade) on all sides.” Pursuant to the recent 1st Circuit opinion in The Road to ALE, from Loss to Being Incurred, Part 2 - "Uninhabitable Conditions" During the 15 to 30 seconds that my home rolled and shook on Sunday from the 3.5 earthquake centered in Baldwin Hills, California, I was prompted to think about the habitability or rather “uninhabitable conditions” I may encounter if the shaking got any worse or continued.
Earthquakes are rather commonplace in California and thankfully this earthquake, which was centered within 10 miles of my home, ceased and I was able to continue on without damage or loss.
Most of the rain in Louisiana has fallen since Thursday, August 11.
Image credit: NOAA/NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service. Some parts of Louisiana recorded more than 20" of rain in 48 hours, which qualifies as a 1-in-1,000 year rainfall event.
In other words, an event of this magnitude has a 0.1 percent chance of occurring at a particular location in any given year.