Posted: Sep 2, 2013 3:20 PM by Pat Shingleton
Five years ago today, Baton Rouge was engrossed in a massive clean-up, incorporating all of its resources following the worst storm to hit the city. Katrina's winds in Baton Rouge clicked up to 45 mph. Andrew's winds were pegged at 70 on August 28, 1992. Betsy, on September 12, 1965, recorded sustained winds at 58 with gusts to 92. Hurricane Gustav blasted our area with the highest sustained winds of any storm ever in Baton Rouge at 61 m.p.h.and gusts to 91. Additional statistics detailed a storm surge of 13 feet, making it a Category 2 hurricane at landfall. Numerous properties became lumber processing plants as tree removal continued for months. Insurance claims hit $575.6 million. We just passed the halfway mark for Hurricane Season 2013.