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Frequently Asked Questions
2016 Louisiana Flood

 Read below for questions regarding the 2016 flood, flood statistics and current status of the recovery efforts. If you can't find your answer here, please submit your question at the bottom of the page, and we'll do our very best to answer it.  You can also get recovery updates here on our Recovery Status Updates page!

When did the flood occur?

Rain began on Thursday, August 11, 2016 and continued for 3 days, dumping 7.2 trillion gallons of water into 22 Louisiana parishes. Flooding began on Saturday, August 13th and continued in more and more communities over the next week as 10 rivers overflowed at record levels.

How many people were affected by the flood?

With over 140,000 homes damaged, the number is difficult to calculate. Nearly 153,000 individuals registered with FEMA, but these numbers do not account for children and individuals who did not register.

How many homes were damaged?

Official estimates of the number of homes damaged range between 140,000 and 150,000.

How many people died in the flood?

There were 13 reported flood-related deaths in the aftermath of the 2016 flooding. There is no estimate of how many died due to in-direct effects of the flood (i.e., heart-attacks, suicide, lack of medical access, etc.).
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