NEW ORLEANS – According to the National Weather Service, the City of New Orleans may experience severe weather and heavy rainfall Friday, May 12, 2017. Public safety is our top priority, so we are advising residents to monitor weather conditions and stay alert. New Orleans is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 12:15 p.m. on May 12, 2017, a Flood Advisory until 12:15 p.m. May 12, 2017, and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 4 p.m. May 12, 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.
To reduce flooding risk, the City asks that residents clean or clear gutters and catch basins near their homes and businesses.
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.
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