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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN WILLIAMS -- As floodwaters rose in April 1983, these Comite Hills Estate residents took a tour in a boat. The floods caused millions of dollars in damage in a number of southeast Louisiana parishes.

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  • Advocate file photo -- A family fights to keep water out of a house near the Amite River during flooding in April 1983, one of the worst floods on record in the area.

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  • Advocate file photo -- Denham Springs' proximity to the Amite River was not beneficial during the 1983 flood.

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  • Advocate file photo by JOHN WILLIAMS -- Livestock search for higher ground off South Tiger Bend Road on April 8, 1983, after the area was flooded from heavy rains. Tiger Bend and Hoo Shoo Too roads became a series of canals from the floodwaters.

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  • Advocate file photo by MELINDA SHELTON -- Workers fill sandbags in the Galvez area in Ascension Parish during the 1983 flood.

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  • Advocate file photo by TIM TALLEY -- The wet look was in at this hair salon in the Ascension Parish community of Galvez during the 1983 flood.

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  • Advocate file photo by CHARLES GERALD -- Cars at a shopping center at Greenwell Springs Road and Monterrey Boulevard were submerged during the 1983 flood.

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  • Advocate file photo by KAREN DIDIER MARTIN -- Redwood Creek flooding along Plank Road north of Zachary nearly put this barn and fence under water during the 1983 flood.

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  • Advocate file photo -- After moving a flower nursery's plants to the roof of a garage, Sandy Summers, of Denham Springs, climbed a ladder to get out of the Amite River floodwaters, whose current threatened to sweep her away on Aug. 7, 1983.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Carole and Butch Cason, from left, sit next to a table that was nearly covered by flood water at their home in Winchester Subdivision in 1983.

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  • Photo provided by BUTCH and CAROLE CASON -- Butch Cason took this photo of the floodwaters that surrounded his house in 1983.

  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- A Don's Seafood Restaurant plaque indicates the high water mark at the restaurant from the flood of 1983.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Duke Landry, owner of Don's Seafood Restaurant, poses with the 1983 high water mark at the restaurant.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- When the Amite River put almost 4 feet of water in Butch Porche's home in 1983, it was one of 10 times his home has flooded. So, Porche changed locations -- upwards. He tore down his house and built it 6 feet higher.

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  • The front page of the April 8, 1983 edition of the Morning Advocate showed photos of some of the flooding, including that of Don's Seafood on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge and the Winchester Subdivision in Central.

  • Rainfall in Amite River Watershed, April 5-9 1983