4.5A The Historic 2016 South Louisiana Flood: Wading through Disaster from a Broadcaster's Perspective

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 9:30 AM
Ballroom B (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Rob Perillo, KATC-TV, Lafayette, LA

An unnamed, slow-moving tropical disturbance produced a 500 to 1000 year rainfall over a 3 day period across Southern Louisiana in August of 2016, flooding more than 150,000 homes, including the presenter's. The flood cost the state more than 20 billion dollars in damage and was considered the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The meteorology, model and forecast performance, climate perspective, response to the disaster, and the process of personally wading through the flood water and other "torrents" associated with the natural disaster, through a broadcaster's perspective, will be presented.
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