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The City of New Orleans

Plan for Emergencies



In New Orleans flooding can happen anytime, but June, July & August are our rainiest months. When there's a flood risk, the National Weather Service issues alerts.

Flash Flood Watch: flash flooding is possible

Flash Flood Warning: flash flooding is happening or is about to happen

Coastal Flood Watch: moderate to major coastal flooding is possible (areas outside levees)

Coastal Flood Warning: moderate to major coastal flooding is happening or is about to happen (areas outside levees)

Prepare your home and neighborhood for a storm

Preparing your home and neighborhood before a storm can help reduce potential damage. 

Understand your flood risk

Climate and topography make flooding a reality in New Orleans. And certain parts of the city are more likely to flood. Learn about your flood risk with our interactive tool: 

Ready for Rain

Additional flood risk information can be found at:

Insure your property

Floods are the most common and costly natural disaster, so it’s important to have the right coverage. Homeowners and renters insurance usually don’t cover flood damage. Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so now’s the time to buy. 

Clean your property and street

  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear debris from catch basins. Report clogged catch basins to 311. Check out our adopt-a-catch-basin app!
  • Prune trees and shrubs.
  • Bring outdoor furniture and decorations inside.
  • Secure or bring garbage bins inside.
  • Move possessions to your highest floor.
  • Photograph your property for insurance purposes.

During a flood

Avoid flood waters

  • Move to higher ground.
  • Don’t walk or drive through flood waters. 
  • If water rises around your car, abandon the car immediately.

Report flooding

  • Call 911 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies.
  • View reports of street flooding at

Avoid contact with electricity

  • Don’t touch electrical equipment. Every source of electricity can be dangerous during or after a flood.

Move vehicles to higher ground

During major street flooding, the City of New Orleans may suspend parking restrictions on neutral grounds and sidewalks to allow residents to move vehicles to higher ground. Unless otherwise communicated, parking restrictions will go back into effect two hours after flooding has ended.

  • Don't block intersections or streetcar tracks.
  • Don't park on top of tree roots or under branches, for your safety and the safety of our trees.
  • When moving your car from the neutral ground, drive slowly so you don't make tracks in the ground.

After a flood

  • Don't return home until authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters can erode roads and walkways.
  • Stay away from standing water. It might be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

Build to avoid flood damage