Sudden downpour submerges New Orleans streets

Chris Miller
July 20, 2019 - 6:14 pm

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A powerful thunderstorm developed over New Orleans Saturday afternoon and before too long, streets in the CBD and other areas had gone under water.

The flash flood led to many to question whether Sewerage and Water Board drainage pumps were operating.

But unofficial measuerments indicate the rainfall fell with an intensity that the drainage system could not keep up with.

City officials in New Orleans notified residents via its text alert system and social media that parking restrictions were lifted for people to move their cars to higher ground.

By early evening, chances for heavy rain had diminished.

SATURDAY NIGHT:
Cloudy and mild with a 20% chance for isolated showers or thunderstorms. Lows around 77. Wind SE 3-8 mph.

SUNDAY:
Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 60% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Heavy rain possible. Highs around 89. Wind SE 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY NIGHT:
Partly cloudy and mild with a 20% chance for isolated showers or thunderstorms. Lows around 77. Wind SE 2-5 mph.

MONDAY:
Partly to mostly cloudy, hot and humid with a 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs around 90 feeling like 100. Wind SW 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:
Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 70% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Heavy rain possible. Lows around 76. Highs around 87.

WEDNESDAY:
Mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 74. Highs around 88.

THURSDAY:
Partly to mostly cloudy, warm and humid with a 40% chance for a few scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 73. Highs around 88.

FRIDAY:
Partly cloudy, warm and humid with a 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 74. Highs around 88.

SATURDAY:
Partly cloudy, warm and humid with a 50% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows around 74. Highs around 88.

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