Tech Harvey hit Louisiana with widespread flooding, but the state escaped the worst of the storm — here's what it looks like on the ground

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Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, but thankfully didn't cause as much damage to New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

Serenity Vanderziel and Shelbee LeJeune walk along the flooded Parish Barn Road in Iowa, La., on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. play

Serenity Vanderziel and Shelbee LeJeune walk along the flooded Parish Barn Road in Iowa, La., on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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While Hurricane Harvey's destruction was most severe in Texas, neighboring Louisiana didn't escape the storm's wrath.

Harvey threatened the state 12 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Thankfully, the tropical storm had lost most of its bluster by the time it crossed the Texas-Louisiana border.

Areas of southwest Louisiana saw up to 22 inches of rain, though, and widespread flooding filled the streets in towns like Iowa and Lake Charles, forcing many residents to evacuate.

Here's what it looks like on the ground in Louisiana:

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, every major storm rekindles fears that New Orleans' levees could break again, plunging the city underwater.

The end of the London Avenue pump station is seen with the New Orleans skyline in the background on August 29, 2017. play

The end of the London Avenue pump station is seen with the New Orleans skyline in the background on August 29, 2017.

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Officials shored up levees and dams to prepare for the storm. Many areas of the city were built stronger after Katrina.

The rebuilt levee wall that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward is seen as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. play

The rebuilt levee wall that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward is seen as New Orleans prepares for flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards briefed the media, met with residents, and visited shelters ahead of the storm to check in on preparations.

Gov. John Bel Edwards (C) talks to Calcasieu Parish President Kevin Guidry (L) and Dick Gremillion, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Calcasieu Parish, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. play

Gov. John Bel Edwards (C) talks to Calcasieu Parish President Kevin Guidry (L) and Dick Gremillion, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for Calcasieu Parish, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017.

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National Weather Service forecasters predicted the storm would dump 5 to 10 inches on the western half of the state, and 3 to 6 inches on the eastern side, with isolated areas getting up to 20 inches.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards talks to residents as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches the area in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. play

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards talks to residents as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches the area in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)


Harvey's highest rainfall total in Louisiana was recorded at the Conway Bayou, with 22.25 inches of rain. New Orleans got 5.88 inches.

Ethan holds his 2-year-old daughter Zella as they walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. play

Ethan holds his 2-year-old daughter Zella as they walk through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)


This map shows the rainfall totals as of Thursday afternoon:



Some of the rains started during Harvey's first landfall in southeastern Texas on Friday or over the weekend, but most came after the storm's second landfall on Wednesday.

Flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey cover a road in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017. play

Flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey cover a road in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, U.S., on August 29, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)


After temporarily moving over the Gulf, Harvey came back on land near Cameron, Louisiana, around 4:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday. By then, it was a tropical storm with maximum wind speeds around 45 mph.

Flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround a power sub-station in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on August 29, 2017. play

Flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey surround a power sub-station in Iowa, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on August 29, 2017.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)


The storm forced some residents to evacuate their homes. About 330 people sought refuge at this civic center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Rebecca Catron holds her husband John at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 29, 2017. The Catrons evacuated Longville, Louisiana after their home took on flood water from Tropical Storm Harvey. play

Rebecca Catron holds her husband John at the Lake Charles Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 29, 2017. The Catrons evacuated Longville, Louisiana after their home took on flood water from Tropical Storm Harvey.

(REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

Source: WDSU



Just 1 inch of floodwater can cause $20,000 of damage to an average sized home, since it can wreck flooring, furniture, drywall, and appliances. This man got several inches of water, and was ripping out his carpet on Wednesday.

Thomas Foreman looks out past the bulldozer he is using to empty the flood-soiled carpeting from his home in the small community of Iowa, La. on Aug. 30, 2017. play

Thomas Foreman looks out past the bulldozer he is using to empty the flood-soiled carpeting from his home in the small community of Iowa, La. on Aug. 30, 2017.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Source: National Storm Damage Center



Floodwaters can also ruin vehicles. Water above a foot usually damages a car's electrical system enough that it needs to be scrapped.

A truck passes through the flooded Parish Barn Road in Iowa, La., Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. play

A truck passes through the flooded Parish Barn Road in Iowa, La., Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Source: Sun Sentinel



This video, shot in Golden Meadow on Wednesday, shows waist-high floodwaters filled with debris and algae. It was even deeper in some areas, sinking trucks and mailboxes.



But Louisiana was prepared.

Cots are set up in the Burton Coliseum as they prepare for evacuees from Tropical Storm Harvey in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 30, 2017. play

Cots are set up in the Burton Coliseum as they prepare for evacuees from Tropical Storm Harvey in Lake Charles, Louisiana, U.S., on August 30, 2017.

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Jack Montoucet, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, echoed many people when he expressed his thanks for the first responders and volunteers who worked tirelessly to rescue people from the floodwaters in his state and in Texas.



Staff at the National Weather Service's New Orleans office even captured a rainbow at sunrise on Thursday. "We're thinking of all in SE TX & SW LA still in distress or recovering from the storm," they wrote.