- Harvey has been downgraded after it made land fall in TX and continues to slowly move over land.
- the current forecast for New Orleans is rain and potentially some rain bands overnight Sunday continuing through Wednesday and possible Friday. Don’t focus on the eye of Harvey. Rain bands may be hundreds of miles away. High winds are also possible danger.
- 4 to 8 inches over the course of the week is currently expected.
- Local, state, and federal governments have been preparing for Harvey for over a week.
Asking residents to prepare in the following areas:
- Stay informed. Sign up for alerts at ready.nola.gov, or text HARVEY to 888-7777 to receive city updates on the storm. Residents should prepare to shelter in place if heavy rains, planning for 3 days’ worth of emergency supplies. 311 will be open 7am – 7pm this weekend if needed.
- Gather supplies. Nonperishable food, water, flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, prescription refills.
- Prepare for power outage. Set fridge to lowest temperature and charge all devices. Stay away from low hanging or downed power lines. If life threatening situation, call 911. First responders will be fully staffed.75% of fatalities in tropical systems involve water and cars. If water covering the road, don’t drive.
- During heavy rainfall, residents will be allowed to park on the neutral ground and sidewalks, as long as vehicles do not block intersections or streetcar tracks.
- If power outage, do not put generators near openings or inside home due to risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Place generator 10+ feet from home so exhaust doesn’t start fire.
- Contractors brought in to work 24/7 to prepare all power and pumps for storms. All stations will be manned 24/7 if needed early next week.
- Since August 5 flood, have 1 turbine back online, repaired 3 major pumps, and prepared to mobilize 26 backup generators.
- 106 out of 120 pumps are working, including large and constant duty pumps. 5 of those out of service are constant duty (very small) pumps.
- Though drainage capacity increased, City remains in state of decreased drainage capacity, especially on east bank west of Industrial Canal, until more turbines and pumps restored.
- Staff working around the clock to clean catch basins. 900 cleaned since 8/6, and over 1000 feet of drain lines.
- Asking residents to remove all debris from catch basins before and after the storm.
- To further work, hoping to make a decision today on cleaning bid that came back Wednesday. The target for now is to clean 15,000 catch basins out of 65,000 total.
In anticipation of inclement weather, sandbags are available for pickup at the following New Orleans Fire Department stations until further notice:
- Station 13: 987 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
- Station 16: 2000 Martin Luther King Blvd.
- Station 17: 4115 Woodland Ave.
- Station 27: 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
- Station 36: 5403 Read Road
New website for traffic accidents and reported flooding:
Resources for August 5 flood:
Pump station logs from July 22nd and August 5th and the present condition of the power and pumps:
Please sign up for e-mail and text alerts at https://www.nola.gov/ready/.