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 Post subject: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: August 17th, 2016, 1:27 pm 
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The weather event that began last week has changed our communities forever. State and local officials and meteorologists are using adjectives like "unprecedented", "horrendous", "catastrophic".

Major flooding has occurred in several parishes including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Tangipahoa and St. James. To my knowledge at least five BRAS members have gotten water in their homes; these situations range from "need new carpet" to "almost complete loss". At least two of those members also lost vehicles.

Some current road closures include:
Blackwater-Gurney intersection
Lovett-Prairie intersection
Carney Road bridge
Maribel Drive bridge
Milldale Road bridge
East Garfield Street bridge
East Chimes Street bridge
Antioch-Tiger Bend intersection
Pecue over Ward Creek
Coursey-Windsor Village intersection
Innovation Park-Lila intersection
McHugh Road (from Jefferson to Groom)
Joor over Comite

A more updated list is at...
http://www.brgov.com/dept/dpw/traffic/closures.asp

The Governor's Office says approximately 40,000 homes have been affected by the flooding.

More information:
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/aug16/louisiana-flooding.html

State of Louisiana Executive Department Proclamation 111 JBE 2016:
http://gohsep.la.gov/Portals/0/News/Proclamation_111JBE_2016.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: August 22nd, 2016, 3:35 pm 
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The following links were working as of this posting...
FEMA, "Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding": http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4277?utm_source=hp_promo&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=femagov_hp
LSU: http://www.lsu.edu/floodrelief/
Southern University: http://www.sus.edu/PressRoom/PressRoomDisplay.asp?p1=34420&p2=Y&E=N
Baton Rouge Community College: http://www.mybrcc.edu/mediaroom/flooding_2016.php
BREC: http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/2798
East Baton Rouge Parish: http://www.brgov.com/emergency/
EBRP Library Disaster Recovery Lib Guide: http://ebrpl.libguides.com/disaster
EBR School System Flood Recovery Information: http://www.ebrschools.org/east-baton-rouge-parish-school-system-emergency-flood-recovery-information/
Baker: http://cityofbakerla.com/flooding.html
Central Debris Removal: http://central-la.gov/assets/News/2016/DOC081916-08192016145013.pdf
Statement from Livingston Parish President: http://www.livingstonparishla.gov/about-us/
DHH Post-Flood Home Clean-Up Guide: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/EmergencyPrep/flood/seet/CreatingAHlthyHme_2013.pdf
Ascension Parish Public Schools Flood Recovery Fund: http://www.apsb.org/news/flood-recovery-fund-established-for-ascension-public-schools
St. James Parish "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" Campaign: http://www.stjamesla.com/Files/Press/NEIGHBORSHELPINGNEIGHBORSCAMPAIGN2.pdf


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 Post subject: Re: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: September 1st, 2016, 2:42 pm 
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After this horrendous weather event there may be many in the local area who either want to part with astronomical equipment, or who need assistance repairing damaged equipment. There is a For-Sale section of the BRAS Forum. Of course, this is a local webpage. There may be national sites that may increase the chance of a “hit” but since I don’t buy on the internet I can’t make recommendations.

Opportunities for repair assistance are a little more involved. If the equipment is non-electronic the owner can bring it to HRPO on a Friday from 5pm to 7pm, a Saturday from 6pm to 7:30pm or during a BRAS meeting (second Mondays of the month from 6pm to 9pm). If the equipment is electronic the owner should arrive only during the BRAS meetings. In either case the owner should call HRPO at 768-9948 to alert personnel of a visit. If the above times do not work for the owner personnel might be able to set up an alternate appointment but I can’t guarantee anything.


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 Post subject: Re: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: September 28th, 2016, 3:40 pm 
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Very few of us did not have a family member, friend or property directly affected by this devastating event. WAFB Chief Meteorologist Jay Grymes will speak at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Friday 21 October at 7:30pm. He will summarize the flood stage and rain amount estimates and explain whether we should be wary of another such event in the near future. The talk has free admission and is aimed at a general adult audience.

About Jay Grymes:
http://www.wafb.com/story/469794/jay-grymes


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 Post subject: Re: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: October 20th, 2016, 6:54 pm 
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Don't forget the presentation "The August Flood--How Rare is Rare?" tomorrow at 7:30pm. After the talk there will be sky viewing. Below is the current NOAA forecast for 9pm Friday...
precipitation potential, 0%
sky cover, 0%
relative humidity, 60%
temperature, 15˚C
surface wind, N 13 km/h


Resource for the talk:
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/aug16/louisiana-flooding.html


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 Post subject: Re: Great Flood of 2016
PostPosted: August 8th, 2017, 10:35 am 
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Tonight at 7pm CDT Greg Meriwether will host "Louisiana Rising: One Year Later", an overview of the Great Flood and its aftermath. The special will air on WAFB and will feature multiple reports.

More information:
http://www.wafb.com/story/35995925/wafb-primetime-flood-special-to-air-aug-8


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