More than 4,000 homes have been damaged during this week’s historic flooding across areas of Louisiana. State officials said Sunday in an update that number is expected to grow.
As the Tangipahoa River overflowed its banks in many communities in south Louisiana, the Provencher & Company’s National Claim Center (Hammond, LA) faced concerns of being flooded by the rising water. While our building did not flood and was spared any damage, many areas in the parish are severely affected. Numerous roads and major highways are impassable with water still crossing over them, bridges have washed out, hundreds of families are displaced, homes and businesses destroyed with water reaching the roof levels in some spots, and all parish schools remained closed as of today. A section of I-12 westbound near Robert, LA took on water from the Tangipahoa River and had to be shut down for nearly 24-hours on Saturday due to water topping the roadway.
The river nearly reached the record level set back in the 1983 Flood; an event which those who lived through never hoped to experience again. Homeowners sued the state for the 1983 Flood, claiming the I-12 bridge was designed and built in such a way that it disrupted the natural floodplain and swept water into their homes. Few of the homeowners had flood insurance. Unfortunately, the same area has seen the same devastation again and the homeowners are still fighting the 33-year old case. Louisiana still owes most of the judgement.
All staff from the National Claims Center were as fortunate as the office itself. While some team members were flooded into their homes over the weekend, no employee sustained any significant damage to their homes and once able to leave to venture out were able to concentrate their efforts to assisting with evacuation and the clean-up efforts of their community. All of our staff were able to return to work today unscathed and ready to assist further with the needs of our clients.
Thirty miles from the record-setting river levels and rescues that commanded attention in eastern Tangipahoa and western St. Tammany Parish over the past two days, Pearl River residents are preparing for Mother Nature’s next strike. People living along Shingle Mill Road along the West Pearl River and its tributaries are evacuating in advance of the river’s expected crest at its record level Monday night.
When extreme weather occurs, Provencher & Company stands ready to serve with staff in place where needed.
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