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SWBNO Reminds Residents of Precautions During Severe Weather

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 4 2019

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), heavy rain and storms, some of which may be severe, will continue to move through New Orleans today. In partnership with the City of New Orleans, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) encourages residents to stay safe during these storms.

The drainage system and SWBNO staff are responding to this rain event and will continue to do so as this weather moves through this area. Currently, there are 115 out of 120 pumps available for service. The five pumps that are out of service for maintenance are located at different pumping stations throughout the city and should not greatly impact the drainage system’s effectiveness. Additionally, there is enough self-generated power to run the available drainage pumps. The number and location of the drainage pumps used today are dependent on where and how much rain falls in different sections of the city.

The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Advisory in effect until 7:00 p.m., including parts of Orleans Parish. An Areal Flood Watch is also in effect for the entire parish until midnight. According to NWS, areal flooding refers to flooding that develops gradually from prolonged and persistent moderate to heavy rainfall.

Residents are encouraged to use caution around areas prone to significant street flooding, such as streets under bridges and overpasses. Due to the potentially severe danger that could result from high water, residents should call 9-1-1 to report street flooding or life-threatening emergencies. Reports of street flooding are shown in real time at streetwise.nola.gov.

Stay up to date by following SWBNO on Twitter @SWBNewOrleans, signing up for NOLA Ready emergency alerts or by following NOLA Ready on Twitter @nolaready.

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