Aug 7, 2017

Officials say pumps working; warn of additional flood threat

New Orleans, LA
USA
by
Mark Schleifstein
,
NOLA.com
Fadi Abuali, owner of Busy Bee Food Store on Orleans Avenue, uses a small fan to dry out his store in New Orleans on Sunday, August 6, 2017 following an unexpectedly heavy rain on Saturday. He said he stayed at his store till 2 am because he couldn't leave due to the flooded streets. Photo: Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Fadi Abuali, owner of Busy Bee Food Store on Orleans Avenue, uses a small fan to dry out his store in New Orleans on Sunday, August 6, 2017 following an unexpectedly heavy rain on Saturday. He said he stayed at his store till 2 am because he couldn't leave due to the flooded streets. Photo: Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

City officials updated the amount of rain falling in various locations on Sunday afternoon:

  • Mid City, 9.43 inches
  • St. Bernard, 5.74 inches
  • St. Roch, 5.62 inches
  • Broadmoor, 5.49 inches
  • City Park, 4.96 inches
  • Lakeview, 4.71 inches
  • Gentilly, 3.94 inches
  • Lower 9th Ward, 3.64 inches
  • Hollygrove, 2.07 inches
  • Lower Coast Algiers, 1.54 inches
  • New Orleans East, 0.74 inches

"Public safety is our top priority, so we are advising residents to continue to monitor weather conditions and stay alert today," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a news release summarizing Saturday's storms and the Sunday recovery plans.

"These no-notice rain and flooding events can be very dangerous, but luckily, there was no loss of life," Landrieu said. "Today, we begin the hard work of assisting those who flooded and getting our streets passable for regular traffic. With additional rain expected today and the rest of this week, I would encourage all of our residents to clean in front of their catch basins."

According to the news release, the 8 to 10 inches of rain that fell in some neighborhoods equated with a rainfall event that has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any year, a so-called 100-year event.