Bob Jacobsen, P.E.
Bob Jacobsen, P.E., LLC
Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Extreme three-day regional rainfall resulted in catastrophic flooding across several south-central Louisiana parishes. Flood damages have been estimated to be among the top five worst in the nation’s history. The Baton Rouge metropolitan area—which lies in the Amite River Basin—was especially hard hit. In addition to some quick facts about the August 2016 Flood, the history of flood risk management in the Amite River Basin will be briefly reviewed. The challenges of regional flood risk mitigation will then be discussed. A key challenge is assisting the public in a fuller appreciation of their flood risk than typically supported under the National Flood Insurance Program. Finally, key steps toward meeting these challenges will be outlined.

Bob Jacobsen, P.E.
Bob Jacobsen is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience addressing complex water resource challenges in south Louisiana. He received a master’s degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University in 1996 and has completed additional coursework towards a doctorate. For the last 15 years, he has specialized in applying High Performance Computing/High-Resolution hydrodynamic modeling to Louisiana hydrologic challenges, including the use of these techniques to support deeper appreciation for flood risks, flood risk mitigation, and the treatment of flood risk uncertainty. He has given numerous presentations at professional meetings and has provided expertise to many media organizations. He recently served as President of the Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He enjoys surf-fishing along Louisiana’s coast and running marathons.


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