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NOAA: Climate Change Fueled Deadly Louisiana Flooding
Coast Guardsmen use a flat-bottom boat to assist residents during severe flooding around Baton Rouge on Aug. 14.
U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr
Parts of Louisiana received 30 inches of rain in one week, leading to floods that killed 13 people and cost nearly $9 billion in damages.
"We are now actually able to objectively and quantifiably say 'yes, climate change contributed to this event.' It's unequivocal," said Climate Central chief scientist Heidi Cullen, who coordinated with NOAA and others for the study.
Denham Springs, Louisiana before and after the flooding. NOAA
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- Louisiana flooding is the country's 'worst natural disaster' since ... ›
- Louisiana Flooding: At Least Four Dead, 20,000 Rescued - NBC News ›
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