U.S.A: Residents of New Orleans are witnessing strong thunderstorms and floods
On Wednesday morning there were reports about street flooding in over 100 places throughout New Orleans as well as strong thunderstorms were witnessed by the citizens. The water level was reportedly rising to 3 and 4 feet deep in some parts around 9 a.m.
In New Orleans, the parking restrictions have been lifted as of now. The residents can park their vehicles, as long as they don’t block intersections, bike paths or street car tracks, on neutral grounds and sidewalks.
Around 3 to 5 inches of rain have fallen on Wednesday, stated reports as of 9:55 a.m.
The next couple of hours will be critical for the residents as they will witness several rounds of rainfall.
Flooding is expected in areas of New Orleans, Metairie, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Marrero, Avondale, Harvey, Timberlane, Chalmette, Belle Chasse, Jefferson, Gretna, Harahan, Westwego, Bridge City, Elmwood, River Ridge, Waggaman, Terrytown, Arabi, Ama and St. Rose, according to the National Weather Service.
Storms also put down heavy rains in parts of St. Tammany Parish and water pooling was found on some streets. More than 100 streets were flooded in New Orleans said the city’s online tool for mapping street flooding.
The flooding is throughout the city, including Gentilly, New Orleans East, Uptown, Mid-City, 7th Ward, St. Roch, the CBD, Treme and Algiers Point.
Residents can expect delays on bus and streetcar routes because of the heavy rain and street flooding. They are also advised to not drive through flooded streets. If the lights are flashing at an underpass, it means the road is closed due to flooding.
The west bank, a parish spokeswoman said that Destrehan Road near Lapalco and portions of Terry Parkway and the 1500 block of Farrington Road were affected by the flood as well but the road was passable.