Governor: Latest forecast looks better than before

Chris Miller
July 11, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Governor John Bel Edwards met with New Orleans metro leaders this evening at New Orleans City Hall to talk about storm preparations. Edwards said the 4:00 p.m. forecast didn't change a whole lot, but he was happy to see the storm would only become a hurricane for a bare minimum of time, if at all.

"We did notice that the intensity of the storm, on terms of wind speed, at landfall, is not predicted now to be a hurricane," said the governor. "It will still be a rain event, and the rain event is every bit as likely to be as severe no as it was before the 4:00 p.m. update."

St. Bernard Parish President Guy McInnis said it's good to hear river levees are not expected to be overtopped. 

"Nowhere along the Mississippi River, is it predicted that they will have overtopping of the levee," said McInnis. "That's a very important prediction by the Corps and by the National Weather Service."

Plaquemines Parish president Kirk Lepine echoed that thought, although he did raise one concern.

"The problem that we anticipate in Plaquemines parish," Lepine noted, "it has been 270 days that the water has sat on our levees They are saturated."

Nevertheless, Lepine said they appear to be in good shape, and the most recent news has lowered the worry level somewhat.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni urged residents to clean catch basins if they can, to keep pumps working at their best efficiency. 

Referencing Wednesday's rainfall, Yenni said the pumps can do a lot of work, but they need clear street drains to do it properly.

"At 99.3 percent capacity, we basically pumped all of our water, if you imagine an Olympic-sized swimming pool, we could have filled up that pool in under two seconds," said Yenni.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell thanked the governor and other parish leaders, and praised the cooperative spirit as the bad weather threatened.

"This is a coordinated effort," said Cantrell, "and the city of New Orleans is in no way in this by themselves or by ourselves."

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