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Impacts from Winter Weather Updates

Jan 21
4:46 PM
Impacts from Winter Weather

Water pressure improves, City Hall and schools open Monday

Today, Mayor Landrieu provided an update on the winter weather event that impacted the city and region. Both Boil Water Advisories have been lifted and Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) crews continue to work around the clock to find and repair leaks throughout New Orleans to strengthen the City’s water pressure.

Last week, an arctic cold front came over the region and the City experienced multiple days of freezing temperatures. These temperatures lead to City facility, road, and school closures. Tomorrow, all City facilities will reopen.

Throughout these events, the City provided information to residents through a variety of means, including text, email, and phone alerts; social media; and press releases and conferences. The City also worked closely with special interest groups to ensure the awareness and safety of all New Orleanians and visitors during these events. Those stakeholders include residents with special medical needs, neighborhood and faith leaders, schools and universities, and members of the hospitality industry.


At this time, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) are advising schools to be on a normal schedule for Monday. Schools citywide will be OPEN on Monday. 

However, some individual campuses are still experiencing issues with water pressure or other vital equipment. For this reason, Joseph A. Craig Charter School (1423 St Phillip St.) will be closed Monday. Additional campus specific closures may also be announced this evening and early Monday morning. Please follow media for updates.

Sewerage and Water Board

Thanks to the hard work of S&WB employees, residents and business owners during this unique prolonged weather event, water pressures across the city have improved. Due to everyone’s efforts to reduce and conserve water, water pressure continues to rise across the city, but still remains lower than normal. In the coming days, residents and businesses may continue to experience occasional fluctuations in water pressure as the system continues to stabilize.

Special thanks to the hardworking employees of the S&WB who in addition to locating and fixing broken lines on public property, worked with private property and business owners to troubleshoot problems they were experiencing and help to ensure businesses remained open and scheduled events continued.

Residents are reminded to sign up for NOLA Ready alerts to receive emergency information directly from the City of New Orleans. To sign up for alerts, text your zip code to 888777 or register online. Additionally, the City maintains a special needs registry of community members who might need extra help during an emergency. Community members with special medical needs, such as physical disabilities, chronic health conditions, or mental health disabilities should sign up for the special needs registry by calling 311 or registering online