Floods & Hurricanes

FloodSmart in Louisiana is knowing your flood risk and vulnerability, knowing when the waters are rising, knowing how to prevent flood damage, and helping Louisiana’s youth rise to the challenge.

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Get FIRM Flood Zone and BFE, ground elevation, and Basic Wind Speed (BWS), for any point in Louisiana. Understand what flood and wind risk mean for property ownership and development, and how these factors are used in insurance, lending, and building code compliance.

Go to the FloodMaps Portal

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NWS River stages & forecasts

River stages and forecasts for Louisiana come from the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC). Forecasts are not provided in leveed areas that have no streams. The extent to which the forecasts include future rain and surge effects is not known.

NWS River Forecast Center

Using FIRMs in Flood Events

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Preventing flood damage

To prevent flood damage: elevate, stop water in the yard, stop water at the wall, prevent sewer back-flow, use materials that water won’t hurt, and raise appliances and heirlooms to protected levels.

Preventing Flood Damage

NFIP Flood Insurance

LaHouse Flood Recovery Site

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Kids rise to the challenge

Louisiana kids love to experiment with flood protection. Flood Fighter Challenge attracts kids from K-12. Other 4-H programs have engaged middle and high school students in more sophisticated activities. Guides for individual activities in a class, camp or fair setting can be found here.

Activities for Kids

Be aware that the National Flood Insurance Program has both insurance and floodplain development regulatory features that may impact your recovery, and your consideration of how much you should invest in a building that may be seeing significant increases in insurance premiums. Visit this page provided by the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Flood Insurance Program Issues in Recovery


Use these links to access additional LSU AgCenter resources

Disaster Recovery Publications--LA Hurricane Pages--LA Flood & Hurricane News


State and Federal Resources

Innovate . Educate . Improve Lives

The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture

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