New Orleans is already flooded — and the worst may be yet to come: Forecasters are predicting a hurricane
Louisiana is under a hurricane watch as a tropical storm near the Gulf Coast gains strength. The New Orleans area has already experienced heavy rain.
New Orleans is prepping for a hurricane. The flooding has already hit.
On the same day that a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration report warned Americans of a “floodier” future, some streets in Louisiana’s largest city, including in the famed French Quarter, looked more like rivers.
“There was about 3 to 4 feet of water in the street, pouring onto the sidewalks and at my door,” Burton said. “So, I went to my neighbors to alert them and tell them to move their cars.”
The tides were reminiscent of sudden flooding that took the city by surprise in August 2017. That flood not only required major repair efforts, but also exposed significant problems within the agency overseeing street drainage and lead to personnel changes at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.
Forecasters said that Louisiana could see up to 12 inches of rain by Monday, with some isolated areas receiving as up to 18 inches.