2011 Hurricane Season

Patricia Skinner, Capello, Jr. Henry T., Wolcott, Maurice C.  |  9/2/2011 5:33:08 PM

T.S. Nate predicted path as of September 9, 4 a.m. Click the image to visit StormPulse.com, the source of this screen shot.

ScreenShot of Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LFMRC) river stage and forecast portal from May 15, 2011 as the Mississippi River was cresting in Arkansas. Click the image to visit LFMRC.

The LSU AgCenter's interactive mapping portals also provide USGS-supplied ground elevations at user-selected points.

September 9: Tropical Storm Nate remains in the Bay of Campeche. The forecast path Friday morning takes it west into Mexico (see image, right, taken as a screenshot from www.StormPulse.com).

Tropical Storm Lee caused minor flooding that was sustained for several days but is now receding. Lee left the state and lost named-stormed status Sunday night, September 4. It caused significant flooding from Mississippi to the Northeast, where remnants were causing record flooding in New York and Pennsylvania on September 8.

This page is a guide to LSU AgCenter online resources that help our residents understand hurricane threats, prepare themselves and their property, recover from the immediate impacts and eventually rebuild their homes and lives.

Visit emergency.la.gov for road closures and state proclamations, press releases and updates.


How high will the water get?

Flooding will arise as a combination of storm surge and rain that falls where you are or upstream of your location. Your best source of  information for how high the flood will be in your area is your parish emergency manager. If that information is provided to the LSU AgCenter with appropriate authorization, we will place it in our online mapping system.


River stage and forecast information is provided by the National Weather Service River Forecast Centers (NWS RFCs).  The RFC responsible for Louisiana is the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center (LMRFC), located in Slidell, Louisiana. It should be noted that these forecasts are not provided in much of southeast Louisiana inside levee systems where there are no rivers and streams.


How high (or low) is your property?

The LSU AgCenter has two mapping services/sites that ANYONE can use to find ground elevation at ANY spot in Louisiana. If you are given a forecast for the flood level "at your place," you can subtract the ground elevation to estimate flood depth. One of these sites also shows the Flood Insurance Rate Maps for your area. These are not historic flooding maps, and they are not flood forecast maps, but they do show you if you are in or near one of the most floodprone areas. 

It is important for people in Louisiana to understand that the flood risk they know from official tools (the effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs), may be understated. FIRMs are used in real estate and insurance transactions once they have been adopted. Newer information is available in the form of preliminary, post-Katrina/Rita FIRMS that have not been adopted for official use.
 
Preliminary FIRMs can be viewed - over effective FIRMs, road maps and satellite images, and with ground elevation data - through www.LSUAgCenter.Com/FloodMaps . Parishes that have map changes pending (preliminary maps) are shown on the state index map as "striped".


Prepare, Prevent Damage, Recover, Rebuild

Preventing Flood Damage  (includes emergency and permanent methods, with videos)
You can protect your building from shallow flooding.     Emergency measures

Are you Ready?  Grabbing your essential documents; stocking up on food, water, medicines; making a family disaster plan; talking to the children; and other steps you take to get ready for evacuating or living primitively at home after the disaster and finding each other if you get separated in the disaster.

Preparedness for Livestock   Fact sheets for beef, dairy, goat, sheep and horse producers, and on horse boarding facilities.
Animal Response Hotline – Small Animals and Horses only.  Help or Volunteer   LVMA/LaSART

Flood Recovery Resources  From staying safe and preventing mold damage to cleaning up, salvaging goods and dealing with stress.  
See also LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery Publications

Rebuilding and Restoration  A guide to making rebuilding and restoration decisions, rebuilding in a building-code environment, reestablishing the lawn and building safer, stronger and smarter.


Agency 2011 Hurricane pages

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers    New Orleans (Southern areas)
State  "Emergency" website:       Single entry point state agencies and emergency messages

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