2015 Hurricane Floods

Patricia Skinner, Wolcott, Maurice C.

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Your guide to LSU AgCenter online resources that help you recover from the immediate impacts and rebuild your homes and lives.

Names for 2015 Season and beyond - from the National Hurricane Center

Use these links to access these LSU AgCenter resources

Recovery and Rebuilding Information Online 

LSU AgCenter Disaster Recovery Publications  

LaHouse - Showcase Home and Programs 

Prepare and Prevent Damage in future events

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

Your Flood Zone & Ground Elevation
Hurricane Isaac Page

State and Federal Resources 

How high the water?  How low your property?

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. It should be noted, also, that the extent to which the gauge forecasts include surge effects is not known. 

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 http://www.lsuagcenter.com/FloodMaps

Parishes that have map changes pending (preliminary maps) are shown on the state index map as "striped."

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