By now we’ve all seen or read about the devastating flooding that’s taken place in Louisiana, most of it centered around the state capital of Baton Rouge.
A stalled weather front dumped anywhere from 22 to 30 inches of rain on the region in less than two days, causing rivers and creeks to crest at levels no one thought was possible.
Eleven people were killed, tens of thousands had to be rescued and anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 homes were impacted by the flood waters causing billions of dollars in damage.
It’s a scene very reminiscent of the destruction done to Louisiana by Hurricane Katrina nearly 11 years ago, a fact that’s even more disturbing right now as we currently have plenty of activity out in the tropics and we’re hitting our region's sweet season for hurricane activity.
Consider This: for us, flooding like they’re experiencing in Baton Rouge is not a matter of if, but when.
As we saw in Baton Rouge, it may not necessarily come from a tropical storm or hurricane, and we may not have the advance warning, but we do know we’re very vulnerable.
So take precautions now. Have a plan for evacuation and stick to it. When you see a flooded street, don’t try and drive through it. And please, don’t assume it can’t happen to you, because if you don’t prepare, again, it’s a matter of when not if.
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