NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials updated residents and businesses on activity related to Tropical Storm Cindy. The National Weather Service lifted the Tropical Storm Warning for New Orleans. However, heavy rain with moderate winds will continue to impact New Orleans through Friday morning, with an additional 3 to 6 inches of rain anticipated. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch in New Orleans until 7 p.m. and an Areal Flood Advisory until 2 p.m.
Tropical Storm Cindy is currently impacting the central U.S. Gulf Coast. The storm is approximately 180 miles south of New Orleans and moving northwest at 8 MPH.
“Public safety is our top priority and right now we are monitoring this activity closely,” Mayor Landrieu said. “City of New Orleans Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center remains activated, and will continue to monitor and provide updates as conditions change. It’s critically important that the public listen and heed any orders. We’ve learned many lessons from past storms and paid the ultimate price before. It is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared and have a plan.”
Yesterday, the city experienced up to four inches of rain and localized flooding. Additionally, a rise in tides is impacting Venetian Isles and Lake Catherine communities. The New Orleans Fire Department is positioned to respond should further need arise in the area.
Flooding remains a concern for the New Orleans area. The following streets are closed due to flooding: Highway 11 between Chef Menteur Highway and I-10, Chef Menteur Highway between Highway 11 and Venetian Isles, and Lakeshore Drive between West End Boulevard and Seabrook Bridge.
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 stay home during heavy rainfall unless an emergency makes it absolutely necessary for them to get on the road. The NOPD will ticket motorists who drive faster than 5 mph on streets with standing water.
In conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the City and Sewerage and Water Board are monitoring water levels in canals and 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 public is encouraged to call 311 for general information and to report non-life threatening emergencies such as storm preparation information, sidewalk and road problems or debris. 311 will continue taking calls until 8 p.m. tonight and continue extended hours through tomorrow, June 22 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Calls regarding the Special Needs Registry for individuals who require special assistance during emergencies will be taken overnight.
The City urges all New Orleans residents and businesses to stay prepared and informed as hurricane season continues. The City is committed to ensuring the safety of all residents, and the public is encouraged to help spread the word and make the entire community better prepared.
Develop a plan in advance to ensure that every family member knows what to do, who to call and where to go during an emergency.
- Make a plan to make sure every family member knows what to do, who to call, and where to go during an emergency.
- Gather supplies you’ll need in case tropical weather requires you to shelter in place without power, running water or access to groceries.
- Stay informed by signing up for emergency alerts, watching the news, and following @nolaready on social media. Keep mobile phone near at all times to monitor updates.
- Secure or bring inside all loose outdoor objects, including lawn furniture, signs, trash, and garbage and recycling bins.
- Keep catch basins and storm drains clear of debris and disposing of leaves and other yard waste properly.
- Avoid driving as much as possible. Avoid driving through floodwaters and be careful of low visibility.
- Practice alternate routes out In a disaster roads may be blocked, buses and city transportation shut down or re-routed, or streets impassable. Each family member should know all possible exit routes from you home and your neighborhood.
The City offers multiple ways to stay up-to-the minute on information and get prepared. By visiting ready.nola.gov, residents can sign up for NOLA Ready alerts, which will notify residents of emergency situations including, but not limited to, evacuation information; chemical spills; shelter-in-place alerts; weather advisories; and, infrastructure issues, such as boil water advisories. Residents can tailor the alerts to specific locations, types of alerts and on which devices they will be notified.
Residents may also get accurate, up-to-the-minute information and safety tips during an emergency by following NOLA Ready on Twitter (@NOLAReady ).
Residents may also get more information about how to prepare for emergency situations, such as a suggested disaster supply kit for every household, at ready.nola.gov .
Special Needs Registry
The City is also encouraging individuals who require special assistance during emergencies to enroll in its Special Needs Registry. The registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for and respond to community needs.
The Special Needs Registry includes all individuals, regardless of age, with a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an emergency. These include those who:
- Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
- Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
- Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf;
- Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; and,
- Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.
A family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll an individual on their behalf. Residents may enroll in the Special Needs Registry by calling 3-1-1 or by visiting ready.nola.gov .
New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will continue to provide transit services as weather and road conditions permit. Streetcars will be replaced with buses if winds exceed 35 MPH, line blockages occur or water pools on streetcar tracks. Buses will remain in operation as long as weather and road conditions permit. If water levels reach the front step of vehicles, bus operations will cease.
According to Entergy, 2,500 residents were without power at the peak of rainfall overnight. Entergy has restored power to most residences and the remaining will have power restored by this afternoon. Entergy has activated its emergency response center, pre-staged all equipment and activated mutual assistance agreements with other agencies. Customers are encouraged to go to www.entergy.com to sign up for text messages. Residents may call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report outages or downed power lines.
Customers are encouraged to download the free Entergy app or go to www.entergy.com to sign up for text messages.
All New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission outdoor pools and summer camps will be closed from Wednesday, June 21, 2017 through Thursday, June 22, 2017. NORD’s administrative office (5420 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122) and all Recreation Centers will remain open. Until further notice, City Hall and all other city facilities will remain open for normal business hours today, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. All public meetings will continue as scheduled. The City will provide an update on any changes to future operations as more information becomes available.
The following schools in Orleans Parish have reported closures for Thursday, June 22, 2017:
- Arise at Osborne Elementary
- Homer Plessy: Communities in Schools Summer Camp
- Collegiate Academies
Residents are encouraged to check with their children’s schools, summer camps and daycares for information on closures.
Due to flooding, Metro Disposal is unable to service Venetian Isles and Irish Bayou today, June 21. Metro will resume collection on Saturday, June 24, since heavy rains are anticipated through Friday, June 23. Residents of this area should remove trash containers from the curb and secure them on their properties until Saturday.