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Wednesday marks four years since historic 2016 flood

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Posted at 7:26 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 10:10:17-04

Four years ago much of Louisiana was inundated with torrential rainfall, now known as the historic flood of 2016.

The catastrophic flooding covered over 20 parishes with some seeing as much as thirty inches of rain.

A weak area of low pressure dragged slowly westward with the flooding starting in the Baton Rouge area and then spreading to Acadiana.

The Vermilion River in Lafayette crested at 17.62 feet, the second highest in its recorded history.

Nearly 150,000 homes were damaged and over 10,000 people were forced into shelters.

Damages in Louisiana were estimated to be between $10 billion and $15 billion.

At the time, it was the worst U.S. natural disaster since Super Storm Sandy hit the east coast in 2012.

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