City Reminds Residents Of Precautions During Severe Weather
NEW ORLEANS – According to the National Weather Service, the City of New Orleans may experience severe weather and heavy rainfall through Saturday, March 12, 2016.
At this time, New Orleans City Hall, NORDC and all other City facilities will remain open today, Friday, March 11, 2016, with regular business hours.
Due to the potential 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.
The NOPD 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.