Saint Tammany Parish Floods Of May 2020 – Under Water – Why Did This Happen?

Madisonville Subdivisions Under Water – WHY?

Big Time flooding along HWY 22 between Madisonville and Robert. Subdivisions under water! Why and How did this happen?

More information about the flooding that is often called the 100 years flood. Why does the 100 year flood happen every 5 to 10 years. If it was called the 5 year flood nobody in their right mind would buy a house in that area. I was looking for a house to purchase in many of these same subdivisions. Prices ranged from $275,000 to $350,000 and more. This flood just put an end to these high prices. It’s ashame that these areas got flooded out. I feel sorry for all the people that purchased houses in this area.

House prices drop when flooding like this happens. Many areas were in no flood zones and people did not have to have flood insurance. Hopefully water did not get into these houses that I saw drone pictures of.

Real estate sales that are hot in these areas just got a wake up call. I know that I will no longer be looking in these areas for a house for sale. My guess is – The subdivisions that did not get water in them just went up in value and the ones that did get water in them just went down in price. This is only a guess and time will tell.

Flooding is horrible! It tears families apart and can ruin peoples lives. You have got to feel sorry for anybody that has been flooded. It’s a life changing experience usually for the worst.

Warning people about areas that flood is like a double edge knife. You help some people but then you also hurt others. Nobody wins, only losses.

Can The Flooding Problem Be Fixed?

More on the Great Flood Of May 2020 coming.

Why did areas flood that were considered no flood zones?
What is the extent of the flooding?
How many houses go flood water that were not required to have flood insurance?
The people of this area deserve answers from their public officials.

Saint Tammany Parish LA is one of the fastest growing Parishes in the state of Louisiana and also a major hub for tourists and travelers. Generally referred to as “Northshore” or “North Shore”, it is located next to the scenic Lake Pontchartrain. St Tammany Parish falls in a highly affluent demographic and is also famous for its checkered history. Interstate 12 runs the length of the Parish from Madisonville to Slidell LA. This is a great area to stay if visiting New Orleans and its French Quarter. There are plenty of hotels and campgrounds to accommodate all in the cities along Interstate 12 which runs the length of St Tammany. Looking for the “taste of New Orleans” you can find it here at our many fine seafood restaurants like Rips On The Lake and Orlandos Seafood Restaurant. Make sure you bring your children to the Global Wildlife Center pictured below where they can feed and pet many different wild animals.

Saint Tammany Parish History Dates Back To The 17th Century

Saint Tammany Parish Battle Of Lake Ponchartrain

History Of Saint Tammany Parish And The Battle Of Lake Pontchartrain

17th Century
The French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville was the first European to visit present day Saint Tammany Parish in 1699. He described in his journals that the lakes that surround the area were among the finest and one of the prettiest places he had seen, with level ground and beautiful lakes. Prior to this, there had been colonies of Indians here with the tribes of Colapissas, Bayou Golas, Chickasaw and Biloxi being the prominent ones. However, there is very little documented history of this period. Among European settlers, the first people here were the French. They started businesses and industries that revolved around products obtained from the forests.


18th Century
The 18th century saw the onset of the French and Indian War which led to the West Florida becoming a part of the British Empire. The period after the American Revolutionary War saw a number of British loyalists settling down here to escape persecution in the 13 colonies. By the end of the 18th century, the area had been annexed by American forces and became a part of the United States of America.

19th Century
President James Madison claimed West Florida as a part of Louisiana in 1810 and created the present St Tammany Parish. It was named after an American Indian leader, Tamanend, who had concluded peace talks with William Penn and was generally respected by American diplomats. It is the only parish in Louisiana that is not named after a Roman Catholic Saint.

In the early years of the parish, there were only notable towns: Covington (the present day parish seat) and Madisonville (a shipbuilding town). The 1830’s saw the creation of the town of Mandeville, which was initially a recreational spot for wealthy New Orlenians. Many people believed that ozone was emitted by a number of trees in the area, and that it had miraculous curative properties. The influx of visitors due to this led to a regular ferry service being founded on the Lake Pontchartrain. Many new resorts started coming up in the region and the Town of Abita Springs was founded around this period. Construction of a railroad in the 1880’s connected all the towns to each other and fueled further development.

20th Century
High speed road connections led to the growth of the entire parish and urban communities started springing up. The city of Slidell, on the eastern side of the parish, is one of the first examples of suburban sprawls in the region. The western towns started seeing fast development in the 1950’s. The late 1950’s period saw more urbanization, though the parish continued to be mainly rural.

21st Century
By the early 2000’s the population of St Tammany Parish had grown to a sizable 2,00,000. It was also one of the worst affected areas in the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005. Many towns were flooded and there was major destruction of infrastructure during the floods that followed. As of 2014 though, the region is back on its feet, with business and communities prospering better than ever before.

UPDATE: 2017 things are booming!! We boast the best hospitals, public schools, new housing and major shopping centers make this a great family friendly place to live and retire in. Tight restrictions in Mandeville, Madisonville and Covington makes this area of Saint Tammany Parish worth the cream of the crop.

Saint Tammany Parish Has A Bright Future

St Tammany Parish is also known as the North Shore as in the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. This area is connected to the Greater New Orleans area by the 24 mile long Lake Pontchartrain Bridge plus the twin-span on the east side going from New Orleans to Slidell. The Lake Pontchartrain Bridge is a nice scenic ride on a clear day. At the 12 mile point you can see both shorelines of the north and south. The whole area of the I-12 or Interstate 12 corridor is booming with an explosion of building of commercial shopping centers that are of the latest design. The history of Saint Tammany Parish has made it what it is today, a wonderful place to visit and live. Several new hotels have been built in 2018 along with car dealerships.

Saint Tammany Parish State Parks, Historic Down Town Areas And Things To Do

Fontainebleau State Park stretches over 2,800 acres of ground, is located just east of Mandeville on Hwy 22. The park has a beautiful setting along the northern banks of Lake Pontchartrain. Newly renovated cabins overlook the lake. Fish and crab steps from your cabin. Water is only 1 to 3 ft deep by the cabins making it great to swim and canoe.

Fairview Riverside State Park has nearly 100 peaceful acres of land along side the Tchefuncta River where you can fish, conoe and go boating. There is a free boat launch at the park. Watch the skiers go by as you sit and fish. Great place for a canoe. This park has definitely earned its name due to its beautifully maintained grounds and its prized location on the lazily twisting Tchefuncta River just east of Madisonville on Hwy 22. Tour the Otis House and the olde sawmill.

Tammany Trace Bike And Hike The Historic Areas
Visit the historic old down-towns of all the cities and towns in St Tammany Parish. All the old downtown areas have been renovated and turned into a tourist destination. You will find antique shops, quaint places to eat and renovated historic homes. If you like to ride a bike then take a tour of the areas of Mandeville, Abita Springs Covington, Lacombe and Slidell by bicycle. This is the Tammany Trace which was originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, now its a hike and bike trail that spans more then 40 miles.

Pictures Of Houses On Lake Shore Drive – Mandeville Lakefront
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Mandeville La Lakeshore Drive House

Lakeshore Drive Mandeville Louisiana
Lakeshore Drive House

Mandeville Lakefront

Mandeville Louisiana Lakefront Lake Pontchartrain – 2 mile long Lake Shore Drive is a very scenic place and pet friendly.

Sunset Point Fishing Pier - St Tammany Parish Fishing Pier

St Tammany Parish Fishing Pier

Sunset Park And Fishing Pier At The Mandeville Lakefront

Sunset Point Fishing Pier with the 24 mile long Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge behind it.

Sunset Point Fishing Pier with the 24 mile long Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge behind it.

Global Wildlife Center Safari Wagon Tour – Fun For The Whole Family!
Global Wildlife Center
Global Wildlife Center Wagon Trains

Global Wildlife Center Safari Wagon Tour

Interstate 12 runs through the whole Parish. Come visit Saint Tammany Parish and have a great time.