May 1953 Flood

A series of rain events produced widespread heavy rainfall across the region with the highest amounts of 14 to 25 inches noted across Central Louisiana. This occurred on top of what was already a wet year. The result was the worst flooding on record at several of the gauging stations in Southwest and Central Louisiana.

Rainfall from the May 1953 Flood Event 

Below is a map of the gauging stations that achieved the top 5 highest readings during the 1953 flood. The number on the marker represents where the crest ranks in the history of that gauge.

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 Historical Crests on the Calcasieu River from AHPS


Below are pictures from the 1953 Flood along the Calcasieu River from Oakdale to Lake Charles:

Lake Charles Flood 1953 by Sara McDowell

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