City Reminds Residents of Precautions During Severe Weather
According to the National Weather Service, the City of New Orleans may continue to experience severe weather and heavy rainfall today, August 5, 2017. Public safety is our top priority, so we are advising residents to monitor weather conditions and stay alert. New Orleans is under a Flash Flood Warning until 8 p.m. on August 5, 2017, and a Flood Advisory until 8 p.m. August 5, 2017.
Residents are advised to use caution around areas prone to significant street flooding during severe weather such as streets under bridges and overpasses. Due to the potentially severe danger that could result from high water, residents should call 911 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies.
Over 40 street flooding incidents along major roadways have been reported. The Sewerage and Water Board is continuing to monitor as rainfall continues. Most major underpasses are impassable.
Major flooding has been reported at:
- Robert E Lee and Fleur de Lis
- West End and Harrison
- Large portions of Canal Blvd from City Park to Robert E Lee
- Underpasses at I-10 and Carrollton on all sides
- Multiple sections of Tulane, Banks, Canal, Orleans in Mid City
- Multiple sections of Broad from Tulane to St. Bernard
- Multiple sections of Esplanade from Claiborne to Broad
- Claiborne between Orleans and St. Bernard
- Multiple sections of Almonaster between Florida and St. Claude
- Paris Ave between Gentilly and Robert E Lee
- St. Roch between Gentilly and Leon C Simon
- Multiple sections of Bourbon St.
Residents are advised to remain indoors during heavy rainfall unless an emergency makes it absolutely necessary for them to get on the road. The New Orleans Police Department will ticket motorists who drive faster than 5 mph on streets with standing water.
In conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City and the Sewerage and Water Board are monitoring water levels in the outfall canals and in Lake Pontchartrain. The City’s drainage system can remove one inch of water from streets in its first hour of operation and a half-inch in subsequent hours. All pumping stations are operational.
The City’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring weather conditions and flooded streets. The City will keep residents updated through email alerts and the @NOLAReady Twitter account.