NOTE: This thread was started 5 years ago, for the 30th Anniversary! Thought I would bring it up, for today, the 35th Anniversary!
Ok, I'm giving my age away. I had been married a year, and wife was expecting our first child. I drove for a vending machine company, and was downtown. When the rain didn't stop after pouring for a couple of hours, I headed back to our office in Metairie, Glad I did, because that 10 inches or so in a few hours paralyzed the metro area. It was the first of our several "hundred year floods." LOL Who else remembers?
Last Edit: May 3, 2013 17:30:19 GMT -6 by HarahanTim
I remember that well. It was the first time streets flooded after we moved here. One of the neighbors pulled a shotgun on myself and other teens at the time. We were pushing kids in a small flatboat. Totally uncalled for. Water was 3-4 feet from his domicile. Water was about an inch from coming into our home. Neighborhood has much more efficient drainage now.
I remember that day very well! I lived on the second floor of an apt building on the westbank, the poor family below me (who was not from here) lost everything! They came up stairs and stayed with me until the water went down. I felt so bad for the kids, they wanted their toys but when the Dad went to go down the stairs to see if he could salvage anything saw a snke in the water he freaked out! I think they moved back to where they were from.
I was 11 and we lived in Mid-City. I was a fifth grader at St. Anthony of Padua on Canal Street and always walked home (about 6 blocks) after school. My mom worked downtown and my dad was an electrician working a construction job in Garyville at the time. Both got stuck at work. My brothers and sisters were in high school, got off early and made it home safe. I had to walk through water just below my waist on Banks Street to get home.
Our house was fine because it was a shotgun double raised about 4 feet off the ground, but once I got home I realized that we were stranded and that it would be a while before our folks would make it home.
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The bus driver would not drive down the street so we just starting walking home for the last two blocks. An older guy that lived near the highway, made us put our books in his house and he took each one of us home in a canoe.
Being the smart azz kid I was at the time, we took out the push poles and push poled up and down the street. That was fun, sure hope no one has a picture of that.
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Steph, in 1990-91 we had over 100 inches of rain, but I don't think there was any particular day that had huge flooding. I used to have to check the river gauges as part of my job, and I remember lots of street flooding, a lot of times that year, but no particularly bad incidents.
On the other hand, what you may be thinking of is May 9th in 1995. That was five months after I bought my house. And it flooded. With no insurance. I remember it like it was yesterday. The lightning in that storm was phenomenal. I was pretty unhappy about my own house, till I rode one of the Red Cross ERVs back into a neighborhood west of me a few days later and met people who'd had 7 feet of water and spent the night on their roofs in all that lightning. Didn't feel quite so bad after that. My sis bought her house the day before the flood, and had 4 feet of water in it 12 hours later.
I really do remember the May 3, 1978 flood, though. I was in seventh grade, and school was shut down for a bit because of it. There were two more after that, as well--in November 1982, when I screwed up my back doing sandbagging down by the Pearl River, and in the spring of 1983---April, maybe? I remember the high school being shut down for a while because they were landing helicopters there.
Wasn't it the May 3d flood where there was talking of dynamiting I-12 at Slidell because it was holding the water in and flooding the area north of it? I remember seeing aerial photos of Magnolia Forest near the Pearl River north of Slidell, and seeing nothing but rooftops. And wondering WHY on earth we'd had to move here!!
Post by stephaniebellanger on May 3, 2008 14:10:38 GMT -6
Yeah Kitty, I was in the right Church but the wrong Pew on that one. Had the numerical date, but I was off on the year. Tell you one thing though, if we have more days this year with the obscene amounts of rain that fell last Saturday and what fell last night for those on the N S and this morning for us here on the S S, we may tie or break 1991 for the 100 inches of rain. Last Saturday we here in NW Marrero got 4.25 inches of rain in my immediate locale and this morning we received a little over 3 inches. Like I said too many more days like this and 2008 will give 1991 a run for its money.
Omg...has it been 30 yrs already...? Wasn't there another May 3 event in 1991...? I remember flooding in Terrebonne Parish my house was surrounded by water...
OMG II! 30 yrs already?!
I surely remember that day.
It was a day after my last college final exam; I was catching up with my sleep. My mother (God rest her soul) kept coming into my room telling me to get up. But I just went back to sleep repeatedly .... Then, shaking a butter knife with lil butter on it in her hand, she said, "You best get up!" Groggily, I got out of bed to appease my mother - I knew it had been raining.
Yes, I lived in Terrytown ("A" section) where our streets usually flood.
Just being curious how far the flood line would stop... usually by the sidewalk... Opened the door looking out for the typical flood line ... looking down from the sidewalk to the porch slowly - :o my eyes grew seeing the water lapping up to the door step....
Slammed the door and I ran to my mother saying the water is up the steps. She calmly remarked, "Why did I try to get you out of bed all morning?" while eating her toast.
Well, we did have 3" of water thru-out the house. It was our first and last time we had water in the house (1964-2001).
Yeah, still remember that flood-first time I could recall so much rain in one day. Got off early from work, because I couldn't make service calls anyway in all that water and snarled traffic. Luckily work was not far from where I lived in Metairie.
Post by marshwarden on May 3, 2008 17:04:18 GMT -6
I'm sorry, but I think this was the May 8th flood with over 25" of rain in Metairie in a 24 Hr period. My brand new 1991 Chevy Suburban was the only vehicle in the Camelot Court Apartments that did not go under. I was living in one of those 2 story townhouse doubles in that flood. I was living upstairs, and had my office, etc. downstairs. We all had 18" of water inside the apartments' first floor. I remember my next-door Korean imigrant neighbors' screams at about 1:00 AM when a nutria was clawing through the screen on their window. I went out with a flashlight and my pistol, and shot it. While standing in the water considering a second "Coup de Grace" follow-up shot, a floating rafted-up pile of red ants came and floated up against my leg and crawled onto me before I knew it. No good deed goes unpunished. They bit the hell out of me. Then there was the months of dealing with strangers/workmen who stole things while they did repairs to the resident's apartments. Yeah boy, I remember that one very well. I was depressed for a year over that one. Luckily, my washer and dryer, and fridge suffered no ill effects whatever. They all still work! My desk, file cabinets, chairs, and shelving units were all steel, so I lost hardly nothing. But I will never forget that event, because I actually had more damages then than I had from Katrina.
coffeecups: I'm still lurking at the coming weather!
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coffeecups: WOW! My patio was dry when I got home.
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coffeecups: Came home to Harvey from Slidell. Had a little rain here and there. There was no rain in Slidell when I left at 3:30pm. While in NO EAST, I saw where it looked like it was storming around Covington going towards Slidell. Wet but no rain when I got home
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coffeecups: I will eat some strawberries on my cruise in early May---just a few of course, as long as I stay away from my better half.
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SKYSUMMIT: Yea, had a good bit of strawberries. Did NOT go to the fest though.
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coffeecups: Sky, did you enjoy the strawberries?
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SKYSUMMIT: yea, we're in a quiet lull right now
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coffeecups: At least with the tropical forecast we have more to go on than fantasy.
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coffeecups: Unfortunately for me, strawberries are a widower maker!
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SKYSUMMIT: Man it's gonna be a nice weekend! If you're looking for something to do, head over to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Fest!
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coffeecups: Are you getting like me?
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wsmith0306: Can't believe I've never noticed this before. I must be getting old or blind. or both!
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coffeecups: It felt cool this morning. Very nice weather!!!
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coffeecups: Mary protected me again.
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coffeecups: I'm hoping that I don't see any 'rare' rain events here.
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coffeecups: ps I guess the memory of that snow is probably the only winter that I will get.
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coffeecups: Somewhere around 1956 and 1958 it snowed so much that I thought I was in a blizzard. Of course I was only a child then, but the memory of that has NOT been met or surpassed.
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