Hurricanes

Hurricane Betsy
(Source: New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Report on Hurricane Betsy, September 8–11, 1965)

Hurricanes and Stormy Weather

Mother Nature has had a significant effect on the citizens of St. Charles Parish throughout its history. As early as 1722, one of Mississippi’s most respected historians, Charles Sullivan, wrote in Hurricanes of the Mississippi Gulf Coast that this area had been impacted to varying degrees by hurricanes over the years.

Recorded data chronicles the arrival of these storms classified as “Fatal Storms:”
1856 Unnamed
1893 Unnamed
1965 Betsy
1969 Camille
2005 Katrina

The most intense Atlantic hurricanes on record:
1915 “Great West Indian Hurricane”
1992 Andrew
2005 Rita


Major Hurricanes Passing Within 75 Miles of St. Charles Parish Since 1960

Date:
09/14/1960
09/28/1964
08/27/1965
08/14/l969
09/05/1971
08/29/1974
08/16/1992
09/15/1998
09/14/2002
09/21/2002
08/23/2005
Name:
Ethel
Hilda
Betsy
Camille
Edith
Frederic
Andrew
Georges
Isidore
Lili
Katrina
Highest Attained Strength:
Category 5
Category 4
Category 4
Category 5
Category 5
Category 4
Category 4
Category 4
Category 4
Category 4
Category 5

Chart by the Department of Emergency Preparedness of St. Charles Parish.

Hurricane Betsy
(Source: New Orleans District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Report on Hurricane Betsy, September 8–11, 1965)
Hurricane Betsy
Path of the “Great West Indian Hurricane of 1915.” This hurricane made landfall at Grand Isle as a Category 4 storm. It brushed St. Charles Parish as a Category 2 hurricane, but the small settlements of Frenier and Ruddock along Lake Pontchartrain in St. John Parish were washed away by the wind and water. Many lives were lost. Twelve miles of Illinois Central double tracks were destroyed. Six thousand men were put to work to restore rail services. (Source: Frenier Beach Hurricane Storm Surge Revisited by Samuel P. Landry, Jr. P.E.)

This text is copyright © material by Marilyn Richoux, Joan Becnel and Suzanne Friloux, from St. Charles Parish, Louisiana: A Pictorial History, 2010.

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