Jul 11, 2019

New Orleans flooding caused by sudden rain in what might be 'a taste of what could occur'

New Orleans, LA
USA
by
Staff report
,
NOLA.com
Pedestrians make their way through high water in the CBD after a downpour and flood in New Orleans. Credit: Chris Granger, NOLA
Pedestrians make their way through high water in the CBD after a downpour and flood in New Orleans. Credit: Chris Granger, NOLA

The National Weather Service put the official rainfall in New Orleans at more than 7 inches over the span of six hours Wednesday morning, with some personal weather stations dotting the city registering much higher levels. In the Central Business District, a rain gauge tallied up 11 inches by mid-morning. In some areas, the rain fell at more than 6 inches an hour, which is several times the rate than can be pushed by the city’s pumps into Lake Pontchartrain.