City Suspends Parking Restrictions, Urges Residents to Prepare for Severe Weather Sunday
Heavy rain and storms, some of which may be severe, are forecast to move through the New Orleans area beginning in the evening Sunday, April 7 through Monday, April 8. The City of New Orleans urges residents to prepare for inclement weather and stay alert to weather conditions.
The metro area is under a slight risk of severe weather and heavy rainfall beginning late Sunday afternoon, with the highest risk in the overnight hours, according to the National Weather Service. The main threats associated with severe storms will be high winds, hail, and possible tornadoes. Additionally, rainfall of two to four inches— with the potential for locally higher amounts—is possible Sunday through Monday afternoon. The heaviest rain is currently expected overnight Sunday. Locally heavy rainfall could lead to ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage, as well as isolated flash flooding.
The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is in close communication with the National Weather Service and is monitoring severe weather. The Sewerage and Water Board and the Department of Public Works are making rain preparations, and vacuum trucks and crews are clearing catch basins. Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report clogged drains.
Parking restrictions on neutral grounds and sidewalks will be suspended beginning at 12:00 p.m. Sunday and will remain suspended through 6:00 p.m. Monday. Residents are reminded not to block intersections or streetcar tracks.
During heavy rain, use caution around areas prone to significant street flooding, like streets under bridges and overpasses. The New Orleans Police Department will ticket motorists who drive faster than 5 mph on streets with standing water. Due to the potentially severe danger that could result from high water, residents should call 9-1-1 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies. Reports of street flooding are shown in real time at streetwise.nola.gov.
Residents Encouraged to Review Storm Safety, Make Preparations, and Stay Weather Aware
Review storm safety tips to ensure your family knows what to do during severe weather.
- During severe thunderstorms, seek shelter from wind and lightning.
- In the case of a tornado warning, go to an interior room on the lowest level. Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.
- Never drive through flooded areas. Call 9-1-1 to report major street flooding.
Preparing your home and neighborhood before a storm can help reduce potential damage.
- Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Clear debris from in front of catch basins. Don’t lift a catch basin lid.
- Prune trees and shrubs.
- Bring outdoor furniture and decorations inside.
- Secure or bring garbage bins inside.
Stay up to date by signing up for NOLA Ready emergency alerts or by following us on Twitter @nolaready.