American Disasters - Great Louisiana Disasters

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Great American Disasters State by State

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These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have taken place in every state.  There is also controversy over what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.  All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.

So these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.  The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.

For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on this list, but it may be included in a site such as, which is one of the resources found here.

This is an excellent place to begin your research.  The links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.  Good luck in your efforts.

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Chenier Caminada Hurricane - October 1, 1893 __ "The unofficial name of this Louisiana hurricane (also spelled Chenier Caminanda or Cheniere Caminada) comes from the island-type peninsula, located 54 miles from New Orleans, that lost 779 people to the storm." - From -

FEMA: Louisiana Hurricane Katrina __ A lot of information including how to apply for relief and a slide show of photos. - illustrated - From FEMA -

FEMA: Louisiana State Disaster History __ Louisiana Disaster History. Major Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated - From FEMA -

Great New Orleans Fire (1794) __ "...was a fire that destroyed 212 structures in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 8, 1794, in the area now known as the French Quarter from Burgundy to Chartres Street, almost to the riverfront buildings. Another 856 buildings had been destroyed 6 years earlier, in the Great New Orleans Fire (1788) on March 21, 1788.." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

Historic Disasters: Louisiana Disasters __ You will find a list of Louuisiana disasters. Each list entry is a live link to additional information. - From -

Hurricane Katrina __ "Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.[1] It was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States." an encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -

Louisiana Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __ You will find original news stories and more. "...a look back at the events that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes, train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of history and our genealogy." - From -
Louisiana Earthquake Information __ An overview and history of Louisiana earthquakes. - From -


Louisiana hurricanes __ Index of articles about Louisiana hurricanes found in wikipedia. - From wikipedia -

Louisiana Tornadoes __ Louisiana tornadoes from 1950 to 1995, listed by county. - From -

Mississippi Hurricane, Aug 1860 __ "Three hurricanes hit the southeastern coast of Louisiana in 1860. August 8-16, the first hurricane of the season, number 1, formed in the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Florida. It headed west and after passing the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made a large U turn, crossed the Louisiana coast near the Lafourche, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes, turned east along the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, crossed Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia then headed out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was a category 3 hurricane." Original news articles and links to related material. - From -

MV George Prince ferry disaster __ "...The ferry was crossing from Destrehan, Louisiana on the East Bank to Luling, Louisiana on the West Bank. Ninety-six passengers and crew were aboard the ferry when it was struck, and seventy-eight perished." An encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -

Natural disasters in Louisiana __ An index of wikipedia articles about natural disasters in Louisiana. - From wikipedia - 

New Orleans, LA Cocktail Lounge Fire, June 1973 __ "The 29 charred bodies of victims killed in a coctail lounge fire were stacked in the city morgue today, and officials said identification was difficult because most of the bodies were burned beyond recognition." You will find original news accounts and more. - From Stu Beitler/ -,-la-cocktail-lounge-fire,-june-1973

Pan Am Flight 759 __ "About 2,376 feet (724 m) from the end of runway, Clipper Defiance struck a line of trees at an altitude of about 50 feet (15 m). The aircraft continued descending for another 2,234 feet (681 m), hitting trees and houses before crashing in a residential area about 4,610 feet (1405 m) from the end of the runway." An encyclopedic article. - From wikipedia -

Ropeline, LA Bridge Fire & Train Wreck, Feb 1892 __ "A Train Destroyed and the Two Engineers Killed." Original news account and links to related material - From Stu Beitler/ -,-la-bridge-fire-%2526amp;-train-wreck,-feb-1892 

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