Louisiana Flood Reporting
Catastrophic flooding in August of 2016 submerged homes, businesses and schools in south Louisiana. The unnamed storm dumped three times as much rain as Hurricane Katrina — with totals exceeding nearly 2 feet. The Amite and Comite rivers reached record levels. During the aftermath, 30,000 people were rescued from their homes, 11,000 sought temporary housing in shelters, and 20 parishes were designated disaster areas.
The leadership at WWNO quickly recognized that recovery would be a long process, and that the community would need to stay informed. So we launched the Louisiana Public Radio Partnership — a content-sharing platform spreading across South Louisiana, serving WWNO (New Orleans), WRKF (Baton Rouge), and KRVS (Lafayette). Has disaster recovery of this magnitude improved since Hurricane Katrina? Have our government officials and elected leaders learned from the mistakes of the past, or are we making the same mistakes? And what can be done to mitigate damage from future severe weather events? We're examining these questions, and more, in our reporting.