Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Percent of homes affected

Denham Springs in Livingston Parish is one of the suburb cities just down the road from Baton Rouge.  One exit down from me,  actually.  They were hit hard with the flooding.

This is an article from the newspaper about two weeks after the floodwaters receded.  As Carrie reminds me all the time, not all areas flooded.  It just seems that way from my perspective.  I think the last figure I heard agreed with the 110,000 figure.

The article reads:
"The floodwaters that swept through south Louisiana over the past week may have reached 31 percent of the homes in Baton Rouge and the eight surrounding parishes, according to a detailed but preliminary economic analysis of the disaster released Friday.
The report from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber translates that figure into an estimate of roughly 110,000 homes, valued at $20.7 billion, that could have flooded because they were located in neighborhoods where water pooled. The homes included in the analysis are spread across East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The new analysis makes clear that Livingston Parish was the hardest-hit parish, with a whopping 86.6 percent of its homes located in flooded areas. Just 21.7 percent Livingston Parish homes are covered by flood insurance, suggesting that perhaps three-fourths of those who flooded were not covered  by flood insurance."

Many of my neighbors do not have flood insurance.  One told me that as the water was rising, her husband told her he had cancelled their flood insurance just 3 months ago.  (and he is a PhD)  Needless to say, she was not happy.  Fortunately for them, their house was one just down the street that did not flood, a fact that she relishes telling me.   they immediately put up a For Sale sign and within one day had a contract on the house.  She has always hated Louisiana, and made it clear Georgia was singled out by the deities as heaven on Earth.  I guess now she can go back there. 

Good riddance, I say. 


  1. What a horrible neighbor! I guessed she's so relieved that her husband's decision didn't cost them their home ... but she sounds utterly lacking in compassion for others, even after an event like this--which usually brings out compassion in everyone.

  2. I didn't know Georgia was heaven on earth. Yes, good riddance!

  3. Good riddance to bad Rubbish! Georgia might be heaven on earth but Louisiana is Bliss!

  4. I guess her true self came out! How sad.

  5. Hi, just a note. You can't make everyone happy, some just have to grouse. I was feeling bad for you, but in the meantime, last Thursday morning, we were madly moving things as upstream they had 10" of rain in 2 hours. We had our 2nd 500 year flood in 8 years. about 8 ft of water in my basement. We got most stuff out and onto the deck, but the mud was icky. and we lost one of our horses. He was 36, pushed away from the rescurers, once they had gotten the other horse, he just slipped down into the water and was gone. We have one of those picky neighbors, he's caught up in her treeline. And it's still too soupy to get him out. Now, doesn't that make you feel better? No dead horses in your yard!

  6. Nanny-nanny -boo-boo does not really seem an appropriate response to the level of tragedy you are experiencing. I hope she was in some form of shock. Nonetheless - good riddance or as my grade school self would have yelled across the playground - good riddance to bad rubbish.


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