March 22, 1997 |
Private rooms. Private baths. Free food. Sounds more like a spa than an emergency shelter to some residents of not-so-flooded areas around Catahoula Parish, La. More than 20 people have been asked to leave the refuge, which opened in an empty nursing home last week. Operators say the shelter can't afford to take care of those whose homes aren't flooded. About 60 people have come to the shelter, and parish officials are trying to make sure all of them have been forced out by flood waters.
May 11, 1995 |
A second day of torrential rain in the New Orleans area flooded thousands of homes Wednesday in this suburb, forcing some people to swim out their windows to safety. The death toll rose to six when New Orleans city workers found the body of a child in water flowing to drainage pumps. Boats, dump trucks and National Guard trucks carried people to drier ground, cruising Slidell streets filled with rushing, murky water that lapped at window ledges.
May 10, 1995 |
A storm of Amazon rain-forest proportions dumped up to 18 inches of rain in only six hours, leaving five people dead and hundreds of homes and businesses flooded in New Orleans and eight surrounding parishes. Gov. Edwin W. Edwards declared an emergency and sent National Guard troops to help in some areas. More rain was forecast, even though normal rainfall for all of May is only about five inches. "I did some research in the Amazon. . . .
June 12, 1991 |
A second day of heavy rain Tuesday flooded streets and homes, interrupted bus and streetcar service and closed City Hall. Two children were missing and feared drowned in rain-swollen ditches. Some areas received more than 12 inches of rain over two days. The deluge, which started during the evening rush hour Monday, caught New Orleans by surprise. The downpour abated overnight, then resumed Tuesday morning.
April 30, 1991 |
Flooding caused by up to 10 inches of rain forced evacuations Monday in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana, with so many roads closed that Monroe, La., officials ran out of barricades and Ouachita Parish ran out of sandbags. "In north Louisiana . . . you can't get there unless you have a boat," State Police Capt. Ronnie Jones said, adding that at least 65 roads were closed in the region.
May 18, 1990 |
Floodwaters gushed from a rain-swollen lake into the Trinity River in Texas at a record rate Thursday, but despite warnings to evacuate many residents downstream stayed home to guard against looters, authorities said. Floodwaters from Lake Livingston, about 75 miles northeast of Houston, are expected to inundate more than 200 square miles along the Trinity. At the dam, operators increased the flow through a dozen floodgates to a record 100,800 cubic feet per second by midday Thursday.