City Updates Residents on Widespread Street Flooding Wednesday Morning

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July 10, 2019 

Contact: LaTonya Norton

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City Updates Residents on Widespread

Street Flooding Wednesday Morning

NEW ORLEANS — Today, the City of New Orleans released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Wednesday morning.

Some parts of the city got more than eight inches of rain within three hours. Additionally, Flash Flood, Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued. Residents are asked to stay off of the roads until water recedes. As of 11 a.m., standing water remained on many roads throughout the city and the National Weather Service extended a Flash Flood Warning through 1:45 p.m.

Public Safety

Public safety agencies including New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department and New Orleans Emergency Medical Services responded to more than 250 emergency calls related to flooding. The Regional Transit Authority temporarily suspended service in flooded areas. Isolated outages of power were reported throughout the city, with just over 10,000 remaining as of 11 a.m.

Service Impacts

City Hall, New Orleans Libraries, and New Orleans Recreation Development facilities are closed today, Wednesday, July 10. The City of New Orleans lifted parking restrictions on neutral grounds and sidewalks this morning. Residents can move their vehicles to higher ground but are asked not to block intersections or streetcar tracks.

Cleaning Up After Flooding

Residents are encouraged to clear debris from in front of catch basins and around their property that may have occurred as a result of flooding. Secure trash and recycling receptacles. Community organizations are available to assist residents with flood damage. See a list of organizations here.

Filing Damage Claims

Residents are encouraged to document any damage to homes or vehicles with photos. More information about filing damage claims with flood insurance or auto insurance is available here. The City will keep residents updated through alerts and the @NOLAReady Twitter account.

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