East Baton Rouge is currently experiencing one of the most devastating weather events that Louisiana can experience outside of a full-blown hurricane: historic flooding.
The past few days have already been dubbed the Louisiana Flood of 2016. There are many complex factors that led to this situation, but most simply, a slow moving low pressure weather system carrying massive amounts of rain clouds ultimately dumped more than two feed of rain throughout many parts of Louisiana.
Over the past two days, cities and communities throughout the state have been completely flooded out. Houses have been ruined and possessions have been lost. No city has been hit harder, however, than Baton Rouge.
Statistically, the amount that has fallen has been said to be “1,000 years worth of rain” throughout the entire state.
Due to frequent hurricanes and the floods that often accompany it, Louisiana officials and Baton Rouge residents initially felt as though they’d be able to handle the incoming storm when it first arrived Saturday morning at a.m. Unfortunately, they were wrong as rain continued to fall for the next 48 hours.
As usual, the atmospheric troubles that are currently plaguing Baton Rouge and New Orleans have been attributed to the weather effects throughout the Gulf. Similar situations can be seen throughout the Florida Gulf Coast, yet none to this point have been nearly as devastating as the flooding of Louisiana.
Do not be fooled, however, this storm that is currently over Baton Rouge and surrounding cities is more than just a rainstorm.
While there are characteristics missing preventing it from being classified as a tropical storm or hurricane, such as the iconic core cyclone of warmer temperature, there are still many more dangerous aspects to this storm. High winds are also damaging the surrounding areas and homes making it very dangerous for individuals to travel during particularly stormy hours.
In addition to rainfall, there has been flooding along the coast as the storm excites the gulf. Waves have been crashing along the coast line, causing flooding in the residential towns and cities along the area. Combined, these problems have caused a record level of flooding and damage to the area.
Such flooding is rarely seen and the potential monetary damage is similar to Katrina.