From August 11-14, 2016, a low-pressure system—described by weather professionals similar to an inland tropical depression—generated over two feet of rain in parts of Louisiana—with over 31 inches recorded in Watson, La. The system also brought as much as 22 inches to parts of Mississippi, 14 inches to parts of Florida, and several inches to several other states from Texas to Michigan. In Louisiana, the rainfall resulted in flooding that caused at least 13 deaths (as of 8/18/16, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune), damaged tens of thousands of homes, and required rescues of tens of thousands of people.
Following are several sources of information on the events, as of August 16, 2016.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-4277),” online at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp.
Louisiana Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, online at http://emergency.louisiana.gov/.
Louisiana Governor’s Office, “Resources for Flood Victims” (8/20/16), online at http://gov.louisiana.gov/news/resources-for-flood-victims.
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center (College Park, Md.), “Storm Summary Number 16 for Mississippi and Ohio Valley to Upper Great Lakes Heavy Rainfall,” 8/16/16, online at http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/discussions/nfdscc2.html.
National Weather Service/Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System, “River Observations” and “River Forecasts,” online at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/.
NBC News, “Louisiana Flooding Far From Over Despite Expected Respite From Rain,” 8/15/16, online at http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-flooding-far-over-despite-expected-respite-rain-n630771.
New Orleans Times-Picayune, “Louisiana Flooding,” online at http://topics.nola.com/tag/louisiana%20flooding/. Links to other newspapers, organized by state, are available online at http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/usstate/usatable.htm.
“News Wrap: Louisiana flooding worsens; crews gain ground on California wildfire,” 8/17/16, online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/news-wrap-louisiana-flooding-worsens-crews-gain-ground-california-wildfire/;
“Obama surveys Louisiana flood damage; for hardest hit, it’s a long road ahead,” 8/23/16, online at http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/obama-surveys-louisiana-flood-damage-hardest-hit-long-road-ahead/.
The Weather Channel:
“Why the Louisiana Flood Happened, and 4 Other Things to Know,” 8/15/16, online at https://weather.com/storms/severe/news/louisiana-flooding-why-it-happened-things-to-know;
“Historic August 2016 Flooding in Louisiana After 2+ Feet of Rain Sends Rivers to Record Levels (RECAP),” online at https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/rain-flood-threat-south-mississippi-ohio-valley.