Pass Christian, Miss., Is Magnet for High Storm Surge:" New Database

"Louisiana has seen two of the top 10 highest hurricane storm surge levels along the Gulf of Mexico coast in modern times, but it’s Pass Christian, Miss., that has experienced the top two surge heights -- 28 feet during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and 24.6 feet during Hurricane Camille in 1969 -- according to a new database developed by researchers at Louisiana State University."

"During a panel on the history of hurricanes in Louisiana on the opening day of the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, LSU researcher and state climatologist Barry Keim warned that a storm surge level of 8.76 feet is possible somewhere along the Gulf Coast every two years, and surge of 16.24 feet occurs every 10 years. Surge heights of 26.9 feet are likely to occur somewhere along the Gulf Coast every 100 years, he said.

According to research by the Army Corps of Engineers in the aftermath of Katrina, Katrina’s surge along the Mississippi coast could be ranked as a 400-year event."

Mark Schleifstein reports for the New Orleans Times-Picayune March 25, 2013.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 03/27/2013