Damage and economic loss caused by Tropical Storm Barry will run as high as $10 billion, AccuWeather estimates, based on an analysis of damages expected from flooding caused by very heavy rainfall over several states and storm surge.
The estimate includes damage to homes and businesses, as well as their contents and cars, along with job and wage losses, farm and crop losses, contamination of drinking water wells, infrastructure damage, auxiliary business losses and the long-term impact from flooding, in addition to the lingering health effects resulting from flooding and the disease caused by standing water.
“The rain will be the overwhelming cause of damage and discomfort and threats to life and property,” says AccuWeather founder and CEO Joel N. Myers, adding that Barry is expected to bring 10 to 18 inches of rain over a large area of south Louisiana this weekend. The National Weather Service reports Baton Rouge could see up to 25 inches of rainfall this weekend.
“It’s going to be a slow-moving storm and will still dump very heavy rains to the north over southeast Arkansas, northwest Mississippi, western Tennessee, southeastern Missouri and western Kentucky where there will be maybe 4 to 8 inches of rain and flooding Monday through Wednesday of next week in those areas,” Myers says.
In related news, the Baton Rouge area foundation has announced that community foundations in South Louisiana have opened charitable accounts to help residents and neighbors recover from expected flooding. BRAF says any donations to the community foundations will be used to grants to nonprofits that are providing immediate relief, especially sheltering and feeding people until they can return to their homes. The foundations open for online donations include: BRAF, Northshore Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana and Greater New Orleans Foundation.