Hurricane Harvey

The WWNO Newsroom is carefully tracking Hurricane Harvey's landfall and potential flooding in New Orleans. Stay tuned for updates from NPR and WWNO over the weekend and throughout the week. 

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Though the weather has warmed up, problems caused by this week’s cold spell are expected to linger through the weekend. Broken pipes and overuse strained the water supply. Boil water advisories continue for Jefferson Parish and the East Bank due to low water pressure.

Jessica Rosgaard

Road conditions are improving as southeast Louisiana continues to thaw from a deep freeze. But problems with the water system have school districts closed and city officials warning residents to be prepared for a few more difficult days ahead.

Freeze Strains New Orleans Utilities

Jan 18, 2018
Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans. This comes after a drop in water pressure this morning, probably caused by residents leaving water running overnight to avoid bursting pipes.

Cold Front Shuts Down New Orleans

Jan 17, 2018
Jess Clark / WWNO

UPDATED 3:57 PM

Governor John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency in response to record low temperatures. Icy conditions have left a frozen mess in New Orleans. The city is basically shutdown. A hard freeze warning is in effect from 5 p.m. Wednesday through 11 a.m. Thursday.

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Evacuations are underway in areas outside of Louisiana's levee system ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Nate is barreling through the Caribbean on a path towards the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say it's likely to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before it slams into the Gulf Coast Saturday night. Residents across New Orleans are making last-minute preparations before the storm hits.

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas is Coast Guard commander for the Gulf.
Jess Clark / WWNO

New Orleans dodged any major damage from Hurricane Harvey. Here, the last few days, the weather has been sunny and clear with big fresh gusts of wind — pretty much as good as it gets this time of year.

But on the 13th floor of the federal building on Poydras street, it might as well be ground zero in Houston. There, a small team of Coast Guard members is working 24-7 to support search and rescue efforts hundreds of miles away.  


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Tropical Storm Harvey has made landfall another time, this time on the Louisiana coast, near Cameron Parish. The state is bracing for up to 10 inches of rain and strong winds.

The National Weather Service is warning of torrential rain and potential tornados.

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Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make yet another landfall tomorrow morning. This time in Southwest Louisiana.

 

Over the last few days, Harvey has dropped more than 20 inches of rain on parts of Southwest Louisiana. Five hundred people were rescued in the Lake Charles area Monday night due to flooding.

 

People march in a previous second line to commemorate Hurricane Katrina. Tropical Storm Harvey forced event organizers to postpone this year's event.
Courtesy of 12th Annual Katrina Second Line Rally

Tuesday marks 12 years since Hurricane Katrina smashed into New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, bringing destruction and taking more than 1,500 lives in Louisiana alone. Communities in the Ninth Ward had planned to mark the day with a second line Tuesday morning, but rain from Tropical Storm Harvey forced them to postpone the event.

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Editor's Note: See the latest news and updates on Harvey.

As Louisiana braces for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey, officials in New Orleans announced that one of the city’s drainage pumps is being repaired — after a motor caught fire Monday.

The announcement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu came after 4 inches of rain earlier in the day caused street flooding in neighborhoods across the city. 

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