Heavy rainfall began Friday, August 12, 2016 in Louisiana, with areas reaching almost 3 feet of rain water, causing local rivers to reach historic flood levels. Thousands were forced to evacuate, there are at least 13 dead, and many reported missing. Areas in South Louisiana in and around Lafayette and Baton Rouge were affected most.

Twenty parishes in Louisiana—Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Avoyelles, Evangeline, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, and Vermillion—were declared major federal disaster areas.

Watson, LA—about 20 miles northeast of Baton Rouge—experienced 31.39 inches of rain, White Bayou, LA saw 26.14 inches. Livingston ended up with 25.52 inches. Baton Rouge received over 19 inches.

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PDFs of satellite imagery and maps created from International Charter Data by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Regional Application Center Team:

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Related News and Resources:

Flood Proxy Map (FPM) covering an area of 50-by-90 miles, including Lafayette, Louisiana, derived from post-event Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) amplitude images acquired by the RADARSAT-2 satellite on 16 August 2016 – Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team at JPL/Catech

Deluge in Louisiana – NASA

NASA analyses deadly Louisiana flooding – NASA

Floods in the State of Louisiana – DMCii

Before and after: Louisiana flooding – BBC News

August 2016: Louisiana flooding – NOAA

To view maps, satellite imagery of affected areas of flooding and statistical data on the floods follow the links below:

http://floodobservatory.colorado.edu/Events/2016USA4388/2016USA4388.html

Geospatial Information and Remotely Sensed Imagery: 201608_Flood_US_Data_Sources26August2016

Louisiana swipe map http://disasterresponse.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StorytellingSwipe/index.html?appid=2e499ec7eb784237bd70fb16ae0f5dcf