Heavy rains and widespread flash flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi have left at least seven dead and thousands displaced. According to the National Weather Service, more than 20 inches of rain fell within 48 hours near Baton Rouge, making this a 1-in-1000-year rainfall event. An early estimate from Aon Benfield suggests that economic losses could equal or exceed the $1.5 billion caused by the March 2016 flooding in Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas.

Our staff of experienced forensic structural engineers and architects are prepared to assist in evaluating property damage to affected buildings, and our mechanical and electrical engineers assess damage to equipment and machinery. We also have strong working relationships with environmental consultants, who can assess mold growth and other forms of contamination, and GIS specialists, who can create interactive tools for collecting, aggregating, and mapping relevant data. As licensed engineers, we can also work closely with restoration contractors to rapidly develop and complete scopes of repair to minimize post-event disruption. Operating from Dallas, Austin, Fort Lauderdale and 36 other offices worldwide, we offer a full range of engineering investigation services as well as design and construction support in response to this event.

Image credit: US National Weather Service Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center

For assistance, contact one of our senior practice leaders:

Dallas
Nick Saenz, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.
M+ 1.214.846.4056
NSaenz@ThorntonTomasetti.com

Fort Lauderdale
Matthew Olender, P.E.
M+ 1.917.617.8012
MOlender@ThorntonTomasetti.com

Mechanical & Electrical Engineering
John T. Boyer, Sr., P.E., P.Eng.,
EXWsm
M+ 1.814.935.4785
JBoyer@ThorntonTomasetti.com

London Market Representative
Lenny Alexander
M+ 44.7525.628.043
LAlexander@ThorntonTomasetti.com