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Four-year anniversary of the historic 2016 flood

1 month 1 week 5 days ago Thursday, August 13 2020 Aug 13, 2020 August 13, 2020 2:35 PM August 13, 2020 in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather

Four years ago, much of the Baton Rouge area was pounded by days of torrential rainfall which would lead to the historic 2016 flood.

A slow moving, nearly stationary low pressure system lead to days of excessive rainfall.

When all was said and done, more than 20 inches of rainfall fell across south Louisiana. The highest rainfall accumulation was found over Watson, LA where 31.39 inches fell.

At the Baton Rouge airport, 17.15" fell over a three day period.

Many rivers reached historic levels, particularly the Amite and Comite rivers.

The Amite River at Denham Springs reached its crest on 08/14/16 at 46.20' - five feet above the previous record.

The Comite River at Joor Rd reached its crest on 08/14/16 at 34.22' - nearly four feet above the previous record.

Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Tangipahoa parishes were among the hardest hit.

In Denham Springs, an estimated 90 percent of structures were flooded.

Across south Louisiana, 146,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

13 lives were lost.

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