City Officials Provide Updates
on Tropical Storm
Morning Briefing with City Officials on Preparations
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, along with City Officials, provided an update on
Tropical Storm Nate.Today, Nate was upgraded to a tropical storm
and has taken a significant westward shift, making probable landfall in
Southeast Louisiana over the weekend. The chance for tropical storm-force
winds has increased. Heavy wind is currently the primary concern for New
Orleans through the weekend.
At this time, a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for New
Orleans until noon on Sunday, Oct. 8. Coastal flooding is expected as
tides are up to two ft. above normal tide levels. Potential storm surge
flooding is probable through Saturday and Sunday. There is also potential
for minor flooding of low-lying roadways outside of the flood protection
system, near the Lakefront and in the Venetian Isles area.
As always during Hurricane Season, residents are reminded to
make a plan and to have at least three days’ worth of supplies, including
water, food, and medications on hand.To see tips on how to make a
plan, visit https://ready.nola.gov/plan/hurricane/#prepare.
City Working with Local, State and Federal Partners on
Throughout this event, the City is working with local,
federal and state partners such as Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
(GOHSEP), Louisiana National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers to
understand the risks, vulnerabilities, and how the City can keep
residents safe, which is our top priority.
Additionally, Mayor Landrieu led a tabletop briefing this
morning with the National Weather Service and City officials on Tropical
The City currently has nearly 40 boats and over 20
high-water vehicles along with other rescue supplies staged at various
fire and police stations, as well as four high-water vehicles and two
boats stationed at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) headquarters.
Additionally, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD)
pre-staged 146 brand new barricades in flood-prone areas to prevent
drivers from going into areas with high water. These barricades are
designed for highvisibility and auto traffic. Barricades and
equipment are positioned and ready to be put in place at: Downman Road
& Haynes Blvd., Gentilly Blvd. & Peoples Ave., Franklin Ave.
& I-610 East and West, Gentilly Blvd. & Paris Ave. (Popeyes),
Paris Ave. & Gentilly Blvd. (Parisite Skate Park), St. Bernard Ave
& I-610 Exit, N. Broad St. & A.P. Turead Ave., Marconi
Drive & Roosevelt Mall St., Canal Blvd. & Navarre Ave., Tulane
Ave. & S. Carrollton Ave., Metairie Road & Pontchartrain Blvd.,
Gen. De Gaulle Drive & Hwy. 90, Gen. De Gaulle Drive & Woodland
Drive, Press Drive & L. C. Simon Drive, and the I-10 Carrollton
The City urges all New Orleans residents and businesses to
stay prepared and informed as hurricane season continues. The City is
committed to ensuring the safety of all residents, and the public is
encouraged to help spread the word and make the entire community better
Develop a plan in advance to ensure that every family member
knows what to do, who to call and where to go during an emergency. For
more preparedness tips, visit https://ready.nola.gov/plan/hurricane/.
Out of an abundance of caution, the City’s emergency and
operational departments are conducting preparation measures. Any changes
in storm track and intensity could change the impacts for our area, so
residents are advised to stay tuned to NOLA Ready and the National
Weather Service for updates.
Sandbags will be available at the following New Orleans Fire
Department stations from 7 24 hours a day, starting Friday, Oct. 6:
Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Martin Luther King Blvd.
Elysian Fields Ave.
Update on Drainage System
The Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) is working closely
with New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
and the Mayor's office to monitor Tropical Storm Nate. S&WB and its
contractors continue to work around the clock to repair all power and
pumps to stabilize and strengthen the City's drainage system. Since
August, S&WB has repaired six drainage pumps and two turbines. Today,
108 of 120 drainage pumps are fully operational. Turbines 1, 3 and 6 are
available for service with additional power being provided by 26 backup
generators which were mobilized under emergency declaration.
Additionally, S&WB is in the process of installing five
Electro-Motive Diesel Generators at the Carrollton Water Plant and are
scheduled to be available for service in the coming weeks.
Updates on pump availability can be found at www.swbno.org.
Extended Hours for Catch Basin Cleanings
The Department of Public Works (DPW) increased its manpower
to clean and unclog catch basins and flush drain lines 7 a.m.-7 p.m., six
days a week. Fourteen vacuum trucks are in service currently, including
DPW and its contractors. Since the beginning of 2017, a total of 6,456
catch basins have been cleaned in New Orleans, including 3,516 since
In advance of heavy rainfall, remove leaves, grass and other
visible debris in front of catch basin openings and nearby, and place
lawn clippings in garbage cans and never blow or sweep them down a catch
basin. To reduce risk of street flooding, do not park in front of or on a
catch basin and do not dispose of anything in a catch basin. Call 311 to
report catch basins that are not fully functioning. Avoid lifting a catch
basin lid or inserting anything into a catch basin.
Three simple steps to improve drainage:
1. Remove leaves, grass and other visible debris in front of
the catch basin opening and nearby area, especially before a rain storm.
2. Place lawn clippings in garbage cans, and never blow, or
sweep them down the catch basin.
3. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.
Read the Just Rain Down the Drain guide.
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is
monitoring Tropical Storm Nate. If you are traveling in the coming days,
please check your airline’s website for any possible delays or cancellations
prior to coming to the Airport.
NORD Recreation Centers and Facilities
All New Orleans Recreation Development (NORD) Commission
recreation centers and facilities will be closed starting Saturday, Oct.
7 until further notice.
Regular garbage and recycling service will continue as
scheduled until further notice.Residents are reminded to secure all
garbage and recycling carts, on their property, after collections.
Normal Hours for 311
Residents are encouraged to call 311 for general information
and to report non-life threatening emergencies. 311 will be open today
until 5 p.m., tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and24 hours starting
7 a.m. Saturday.
Sign up for Special Needs Registry
The City is also encouraging individuals who require special
assistance during emergencies to enroll in its Special Needs Registry.
The registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders
to appropriately plan for, prepare for and respond to community needs.
The Special Needs Registry includes all individuals,
regardless of age, with a chronic condition, disability, special
healthcare need, or who may require additional assistance during an
emergency. These include those who:
life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator,
dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane,
or other mobility device;
visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or deaf;
speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; and,
assistive animals or a prosthesis.
A family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can
enroll an individual on their behalf. Residents may enroll in the Special
Needs Registry by calling 311.
Residents are encouraged to text "NATE” to 888-777 to
receive updates from the City of New Orleans on Tropical Storm Nate.
Additionally, residents are advised to look for updates
regularly posted onready.nola.gov, on
Twitter@NOLAReady, and on Facebook@NOLAReady. Sgin up
forNOLA Ready alerts, which will notify residents of emergency
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