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Epic Louisiana Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate

Epic Louisiana Floods Force Thousands to Evacuate

“Landicaine” being used to describe historic deluge.

While Milwaukee burned during race-based violence, thousands in Louisiana were forced to evacuate in the wake of historic rains that led to flooding.

More than 7,000 people have been rescued from their homes after massive floods swept across the state, and officials warned Sunday that even though the rain had subsided, dangers loomed.

“It’s not over,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Sunday. “The water’s going to rise in many areas. It’s no time to let the guard down.”

… Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards — who declared a state of emergency —called the floods “unprecedented” and “historic.”

The heavy rain began on Friday, with between 6 and 10 inches of rain falling on parts of southeast Louisiana. Several more inches fell Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

In a 24-hour period, Baton Rouge had as much as 11 inches, according to The Associated Press.

About 1,000 vehicles are trapped on Interstate 12.

The entire interstate is closed from Airline Highway in Baton Rouge to U.S. 190 in the Covington area because of flooding. State police are having a difficult time getting the people off the highway because flooding is too severe for rescue vehicles to reach them. But the water also isn’t widespread enough that rescue boats can be used to reach these people.

“You have deep pockets of water. Then you have land,” said Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. “They have to move the boats through the water. Then, they have to pick them up to carry them across the land. It can be several hundred yards. So that’s what we are dealing with.”

In fact, the weather pattern associated with the deluge is so unique that it inspired the creation of a new term: “Landicaine“.

Yesterday on Twitter, Chip Knappenberger coined the term “landicane” to describe the low pressure center that has been gyrating over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico for days has now dropped very heavy precipitation over southeastern Louisiana.

Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. has added in the exchange that his previous research points out that wet and marshy area (of which much of Louisiana Bayou is) can sustain tropical development. The only thing missing from this system is well defined rotation and an eye. Otherwise it might actually pass for a tropical storm.

The 3-D imagery gives you a sense of the epic scale of the storm.

Perhaps one of the most compelling videos from this natural disaster is a woman and her dog being rescued.

“Get my dog, get my dog,” she said, her frantic voice, choked with water. “Get my dog, now. I’ll go down.”

“I can’t get the dog,” he said, as he felt inside the submerged convertible.

He ducked under the water to reach into the car.

“Maybe she’s gone,” said one of the men in the boat.

“No — she better not be,” the woman said, her voice strained.

The rescuer reemerged and exhorted: “I got your dog.”

He held up the small, white, terrier-looking creature, turned to the victim and in a calmer, more exhausted but happy voice said: “Swim for the boat.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Louisiana and Milwaukee, that they recover from both the man-made and natural disasters they are facing.


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Clearly, this is Bush’s fault.

Obama hates Cajun people.

Damned air conditioners…!!! You know how people use those things in Louisiana (or as I call it, “Deep French-speaking East Texas). This had to happen.

“Climate change done it.

Now, let me jet off in my corporate Falcon Hydrocarbon Burner 2000 private jet to an air-conditioned climate change conference to fix this.”

– Al Gore

Absolutely, it is the air conditioners fault. In dry west Texas we run our air conditioners for that very purpose and I am happy to report we have gotten a little rain as a result. Same thing with the sprinkler system….turn it on and BAM! rain! Obviously in a wet climate like lower Louisiana they shouldn’t run their AC and sprinklers at the same time.

Milwaukee burns,
Louisiana floods,
Obama golfs,
His heir apparent takes the weekend off ;
Where’s the Katrina press?
Still stuck on stupid.

    Ragspierre in reply to secondwind. | August 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Could the Great God Cheeto rebuke the waters?

    Could he quell the flames?

    I haven’t heard his command on either score.

    When was the last time you had a consistent thought? Local and state authorities have this. POTUS can only grandstand and get in the way.

      Old0311 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      I’m from FEMA and I’m here to help! Hopefully our eastern French speaking part of Texas will enjoy dry feet and enough gumbo to put an enjoy on themselves.

      murkyv in reply to Ragspierre. | August 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      When has grandstanding ever gotten in Obama’s way?

      Raggsdale I. M. A.. Dumbass Esq.
      You infer Trump could handle it.
      Then you state it’s a state & local issue.
      Trump is neither a Louisiana state or local official.
      As usual, your logic is crap

No, this amount of rain isn’t anywhere NEAR ‘unprecedented’ in Louisiana.

Here is a link to a report from a group that runs a network of rainfall data collection sites. They refer to Louisiana as the wettest state in the US and note the record for a 24 hour period is twice what they’ve experienced currently.

I’m to the point where I just about want to start smashing lying mouths over this climate alarmism bullshit. Louisiana is wet. It’s largely swamp land and bayou. It fucking floods.

    Dathurtz in reply to Paul. | August 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Yep. This year seems to be a bit worse than most with the flooding, but the bad flooding is pretty localized. Earlier in the year, it was the northern parts of LA that flooded, now the southern. There is some pretty neat footage of I-55 washing away if you can find it.

    As our population grows we are having a lot of people move into areas nobody should live. Those houses are going to get washed out periodically. I don’t know if this is the case down south, but it was largely the case in the north last spring.

There has been many the times that I’ve looked at the weather radar and wished that storm brewing about Houston and extending into Louisiana could be diverted to my lovely patch of the upper Mexican desert. But no.

They still try cloud seeding around the Concho Valley. I thought I was an optimist until I heard that.

    Ragspierre in reply to Old0311. | August 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hey, on one of our foggy days here ’bouts, you can see the baby clouds springing up from the ground. Thanks for that seeding!

      Old0311 in reply to Ragspierre. | August 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      If I set you a couple of cases of empty Shiner bottles would you fill’em up water and send’em back? My prickly pear is dying.

Yesterday on Twitter, Chip Knappenberger coined the term “landicane”…

Oh good grief. Come on.