These pages do not begin to cover all the disasters that have
taken place in every state. There is also controversy over
what constitutes and defines a "great" disaster from any other kind.
All disasters are "great" to those directly involved in them.
these pages are a mix of "great" and "not so great" disasters.
The major disasters are all covered in the larger sites I have
linked to as resources and the rest are related items of interest.
For example, you might not find a particular major disaster on
this list, but it may be included in a site such as gendisasters.com, which is one of the resources found here.
This is an excellent place to begin your research. The
links found here lead to an ever widening amount of information.
Good luck in your efforts.
Chenier Caminada Hurricane - October 1, 1893 __ "The unofficial name of this
Louisiana hurricane (also spelled Chenier Caminanda or Cheniere Caminada)
comes from the island-type peninsula, located 54 miles from New Orleans,
that lost 779 people to the storm." - From 1893hurricane.com -
FEMA: Louisiana State Disaster History __ Louisiana Disaster History. Major
Disaster Declarations. Click on the 'disaster #' on the right side of the
list to access detailed information including images and more. - illustrated
- From FEMA -
Great New Orleans Fire (1794) __ "...was a fire that destroyed 212
structures in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 8, 1794, in the area now
known as the French Quarter from Burgundy to Chartres Street, almost to the
riverfront buildings. Another 856 buildings had been destroyed 6 years
earlier, in the Great New Orleans Fire (1788) on March 21, 1788.." An
encyclopedic article with links to related material. - From wikipedia -
Hurricane Katrina __ "Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the
five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. It was the
sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the third-strongest
hurricane on record that made landfall in the United States." an
encyclopedic article - illustrated - From wikipedia -
Louisiana Disasters Floods, Fires, Tornadoes, Mine Explosions and more __
You will find original news stories and more. "...a look back at the events
that touched our ancestor's lives - tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes,
train wrecks, mine explosions, and tragic accidents that became a part of
history and our genealogy." - From gendisasters.com -
Mississippi Hurricane, Aug 1860 __ "Three hurricanes hit the southeastern
coast of Louisiana in 1860. August 8-16, the first hurricane of the season,
number 1, formed in the Gulf of Mexico west of Tampa, Florida. It headed
west and after passing the mouth of the Mississippi River, it made a large U
turn, crossed the Louisiana coast near the Lafourche, St. Charles and
Plaquemines parishes, turned east along the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain, crossed Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia then headed
out into the Atlantic Ocean. This was a category 3 hurricane." Original news
articles and links to related material. - From gendisasters.com -
MV George Prince ferry disaster __ "...The ferry was crossing from
Destrehan, Louisiana on the East Bank to Luling, Louisiana on the West Bank.
Ninety-six passengers and crew were aboard the ferry when it was struck, and
seventy-eight perished." An encyclopedic article with links to related
material. - From wikipedia -
Pan Am Flight 759 __ "About 2,376 feet (724 m) from the end of runway,
Clipper Defiance struck a line of trees at an altitude of about 50 feet (15
m). The aircraft continued descending for another 2,234 feet (681 m),
hitting trees and houses before crashing in a residential area about 4,610
feet (1405 m) from the end of the runway." An encyclopedic article. - From