Pat Shingleton: The Allison's and...Covered Bridges..."
The well-remembered storms for Louisiana may be Camile, Betsy, Audrey, Andrew, Katrina and Rita but the two Allisons were known for their rain. Both were tropical storms and both hit the state in June. From June 24 through July 7, 1989, Tropical Storm Allison made headlines here with 22.53 inches of rain and showered Winnfield to the tune of 25.67 inches. The storm made it to Indiana, curling back to Arkansas and dissipating on July 7. The other Allison formed on June 4, 2001 and dissipated 14 days later. In Baton Rouge we recorded 19.31 inches of rain, 14.60 in New Orleans and 29.86 inches in Thibodaux. Houston was waterlogged with a total of 36.99 inches in five days. Also of note, we've had a brief break in the sticky weather pattern but heat may send you indoors. Tree shade or building shade can reduce temperatures by eight degrees. As mention many times, I grew-up in Western Pennsylvania and years ago, the Ellwood City Area Historical Society Newsletter devoted an issue to the first covered bridge that connected Ellwood City, PA with Hazel Dell, a smaller village on the north side of town. The length of the bridge was 165 feet with a width of twelve feet eight inches. The width was determined to accommodate the size of buggies and wagons. These covered bridges were constructed to provide shelter for travelers during inclement weather. Also in the newsletter was the use of the spring house that preserved milk and meat from spoiling during the warm summer months in addition to supplying fresh spring water.
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