Flooding in New Orleans
In New Orleans, flooding can occur anytime of the year.
What to Do Before a Rain Storm or Flood
- Remove debris from gutters.
- Sweep debris from storm drains to help prevent street flooding.
- Report clogged storm drains to 311.
- Relocate possessions to highest floor.
- Install green infrastructure, like a rain garden, to slow down and absorb rainwater.
- Consider purchasing flood insurance.
- Consider elevating your home.
- Dry-proof your building (commercial Structures only) to the base flood elevation with wall coatings to make the building walls and floor watertight.
What to Do During a Rain Storm or Flood
- Stay alert to rapidly changing weather and to news of changing flood conditions.
- Use caution around areas prone to street flooding during severe weather, such as streets under bridges and overpasses.
- Call 911 to report street flooding and life-threatening emergencies.
- Avoid driving as much as possible. Do not drive through flooded waters. If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as possible.
- If officials tell you to evacuate or leave your home, go immediately to a safe shelter, hotel, relative or friend’s home. Turn off all utilities at the main switch, if time permits.
- Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area. Every source of electricity can be dangerous during or after flooding.
- If you are caught in a building or in suddenly rising water, move to the second floor or the roof. Take drinking water, flashlights and a portable radio with you. Wait for help.
- Playing in or near flood water is life threatening. Drainage ditches and canals carry fast moving flood water and are extremely dangerous. Explain this to your children.