Severe Weather, March 2016: Rapid Event Summary

Posted on March 11, 2016 By

Flash flooding across most of Louisiana along with parts of Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. I-10 at Louisiana-Texas state line reopens after 60 hour closure.   6 fatalities reported and 2 people missing  Over 5,000 people rescued from flood waters including swift water rescues Estimated 18,000 homes suffer some degree of flood damage, consisting of 11,000 in Louisiana,…


Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward?

Posted on August 29, 2015 By

My last blog addressed a question that I’ve gotten the most over the last decade: how many people died because of Hurricane Katrina impacts in Louisiana? This blog post deals with the next most common question that I get: Why did so many people die in the Lower Ninth Ward? Typically, the person asking, whether…


Making Sense of Hurricane Katrina’s Death Toll

Posted on August 28, 2015 By

  How many people died because of the Hurricane Katrina? I’ve gotten that question a lot over the last few days, with reporters being specifically interested in Louisiana and New Orleans. It is a question that I spent 7 years focused on, which culminated in my dissertation in 2011 which was published as a scientific…