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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rain chances look highest Sunday [ Local Stories]

Mississippi River at New Orleans is now 16.07 feet. it is forecast to reach 15.5 feet by July 24th. That is the trigger to begin the slow closing of the Spillway. The river is forecast to drop below 15 feet by July 29th! It has been over 15 feet for 158 days.

A weak cold front is forecast to approach the area Tuesday. Rain chances will go up with thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Some potential for some drier air to begin to move into the area Wednesday.



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JPSO on the scene of officer-involved shooting [ Local Stories]

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Metairie.



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People in New Orleans fear canal overtopping [ Local Stories]

People in New Orleans fear canal overtopping



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Heat Index 100-106+ [ Local Stories]

Mississippi River at New Orleans is now 16.12 feet. it is forecast to reach 15.5 feet by July 27th. That is the trigger to begin the slow closing of the Spillway. The river is forecast to drop below 15 feet by July 30th! It has been over 15 feet for 158 days.

A weak cold front is forecast to approach the area Tuesday. Rain chances will go up with thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Some potential for some drier air to begin to move into the area Wednesday.

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Harahan police capture 7-foot rattlesnake [ Local Stories]

Harahan police capture 7-foot rattlesnake



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St. James deputies wrangle alligator in resident's yard [ Local Stories]

Wednesday morning deputies responded to a call in reference to an alligator under a house in Lutcher.



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Sources: 4 officers fired, 2 suspended after investigation into fiery salon crash [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is holding a news conference Wednesday regarding an update to an investigation into a crash and massive fire in Broadmoor.



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NOPD searching for missing Pine Village 15-year-old [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a missing 15-year-old from Pines Village.



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How to prepare your finances for natural disasters [ Local Stories]

CPA Kemberley Washington tells us what you can do right now to have your finances ready in case of an emergency.



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Storm recovery supplies delivered to Lafitte, Grand Isle [ Local Stories]

Statewide crisis cleanup line opens connecting volunteers with people in need



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Gretna Fest lineup released [ Local Stories]

Headliners include Rick Springfield, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.



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LSU student struck, killed by car was St. Charles native [ Local Stories]

A Louisiana State University student who was struck and killed after a traffic accident Tuesday night was a native of St. Charles Parish.



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Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin loses another appeal [ Local Stories]

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has lost the latest appeal of his 2014 corruption conviction.



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Toxicologist: Pledge who chugged liquor 'dead man walking' [ Local Stories]

A toxicologist has testified that a fraternity pledge was a "dead man walking" after chugging liquor during a hazing event.



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Margaret's Weather Picture for July 17, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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WDSU Baby of the Day for July 17, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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Wednesday AM Videocast: Triple-digit feels today, spotty storms [ Local Stories]

Heat index values will top out near 105 for some locations.



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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Few afternoon storms [ Local Stories]

The Full Buck Moon is tonight. Native Americans named the July Full Moon the Full Buck Moon because this is the time the Male Deer began to grow antlers.

The Mississippi River is 16.1 feet. It will hold steady through Friday, and then begin a slow fall. It is forecast to be at 15.5 feet by July 27th. That is the trigger to begin closing the Spillway. The Spillway has now been opened 68 days for the 2nd opening. The first opening was for 44 days. The flood fight for the River at 15 feet or above is now 157 days.

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New Orleans Nightlife OfficeCould Create Harmony - [OffBeat Magazine]


Following the arrest of Little Eugene Grant, we reached out to Jocelyn Kane of RHI (Responsible Hospitality Institute), and formerly with the City of San Francisco, to write a response in our series of arts business guest columns provided by The Ella Project. Kane’s credentials and biography follow at the end of this Guest Blog.

 

Last Monday night, the New Orleans Police Department forcibly subdued and arrested “Little” Eugene Grant, a local musician on Frenchmen St. The arrest was witnessed by many and was also captured on video.  Social media wars and on site protests ensued in the days that followed, centered on the value of New Orleans nightlife and musical culture.

Jan Ramsey of OffBeat Magazine, responded quickly with a piece titled provocatively “Ban Brass Bands on Frenchmen?”  However, it did not conclude the article with this solution. Rather, she recounted a 20-year history of brass bands and retail brick and mortar store vacancies, as well as ill-informed responses by NOPD, to illustrate the ongoing and current conflict. Her conclusion begged for a productive, sustainable solution for the city’s nightlife and culture overall that respects all sides, creates space for compromise, and includes consistent enforcement.  Good on you, Jan. There is a solution.

There is a slow and steady, world-wide movement to create and install “Night Mayors” in cities who value their nightlife and culture. These cities include New York City, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Orlando, Pittsburgh and many more.

A “Night Mayor,” or more simply a single point of contact, most often a municipal employee, is charged with creating open lines of communication between those engaged in nightlife and culture and the city in all its regulatory forms.  In this case, the Night Mayor would be charged with bringing together on behalf of the city the bookstore owner, the brass bands and the NOPD to find the compromise in the short and longer term. Therefore, a Night Mayor needs to speak the language of nightlife operators as well as that of city bureaucracy. Not an easy task, but vital to success.

The brass band conflict is just a symptom of the disease…taking nightlife and culture for granted and believing that it will just “be there” for New Orleans residents and visitors without making plans to protect and enrich it for years to come.  In larger terms, there is a need for more holistic nightlife management. Cities are creating nighttime commissions, offices and alliances with dedicated staffing. These alliances vary in structure and name—Responsible Hospitality Council/Coalition, Entertainment Commission, Hospitality Resource Panels, Commissions, Offices, Departments, Task Forces—but they are united by similar objectives: To preserve and advocate for the social, cultural and economic value of dining and entertainment.

  • To monitor overall trends in the nighttime economy, which may require new resources, education or legislation.
  • To train and educate nightlife stakeholders to operate successful, sustainable businesses.
  • To ensure public safety while minimizing quality of life impacts.
  • To oversee compliance with codes and policies.
  • To liaise between government agencies and the nightlife industry in regard to regulation, policy and procedures.

While creating a new city office or commission might seem like a heavy lift, it’s nothing compared to the economic value of nightlife, or the less easy-to-count cultural value.  In fact, the first step typically in presenting this concept to policymakers and elected officials is finding out the actual economic impact of nightlife through a formal study. This has been done in all the cities mentioned above with Night Mayors, and in most cases, the numbers are staggering. New York City’s most recent study found the city’s nightlife economy accounts for 196,000 direct jobs and $6.2 billion in wages, as well as $1.8 billion in tax revenue for the city and state. More importantly, the study found that the nightlife sector was the only growth area in the city, and accounted for boosting lower unemployment figures and higher wages overall. These undeniable benefits are likely to be similar in a tourist destination like New Orleans. But the numbers must be counted in order to be used as an impetus toward creating a nightlife office or commission.   The concept is not new. OffBeat’s online Mojo Mouth (Ramsey) talked about it almost two years ago:

As Ramsey points out in her recent article, it will take guts for the City of New Orleans to embrace the notion of supporting its nightlife and culture in a sustainable way that treats everyone with respect. Creating a Nightlife Office or Entertainment Commission can do just that.

—Jocelyn Kane

Jocelyn Kane is the former Executive Director of San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission, which is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. Along with daily regulatory concerns, her most current policy work includes the first legislative protections for nightlife businesses from new residential and hotel construction in the US, and ongoing improvements to SF Bay Area late night/early morning transit. In addition, she has improved San Francisco’s sound ordinances over the past 10 years to make them easier to understand and implement citywide. Kane is now working as a Senior Consultant for the Responsible Hospitality Institute (RHI), and independently with cities in the North America on their nightlife policies. In this role, she has worked to improve nightlife in the City of Austin, TX, City of Toronto, ON (CAN), City of Dublin, IR, (EUR) and City of Victoria, BC (CAN).

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The International Space Station Visible Tonight [ Local Stories]

Look up for the International Space Station tonight. It is visible at 8:37 PM for five minutes. Look South low on the Horizon. The shuttle will be moving to the Northeast. Max height is 25 degrees.

The Full Buck Moon is tonight too. Native Americans named the July Full Moon the Full Buck Moon because this is the time the Male Deer began to grow antlers.

The Mississippi River is 16.21 feet. It will hold steady through Friday, and then begin a slow fall. It is forecast to be at 15.5 feet by July 27th. That is the trigger to begin closing the Spillway.

The Spillway has now been opened 68 days for the 2nd opening. The first opening was for 44 days.

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Man arrested in slaying of 75-year-old community activist [ Local Stories]

Police have arrested a man in the slaying of a community leader who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum.



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Woman last seen on Poydras Street reported missing [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a woman who was last seen on Poydras Street.



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Woman at center of Essence Fest scam ordered to pay $94,000 in restitution [ Local Stories]


A woman at the center of an Essence Festival travel scam has been ordered to pay victims $94,313 in restitution.



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Scientist ready to get back to work after case dismissed [ Local Stories]



A prominent coastal scientist says he's ready to get back to work after charges against him on suspicion of stealing trade secrets were abruptly dropped.



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Pelicans introduce new team members [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Pelicans will hold a news conference to introduce new team members.



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10 historic homes in New Orleans to tour - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


From haunted to spectacular

As William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Nowhere does that feel more true than in his former hometown of New Orleans, where the city’s story is written in its brick-and-beam Creole cottages, bargeboard shotgun homes, and midcentury modern homes by the lakefront. The history of its architecture follows the history of its people, and with this in mind, Curbed New Orleans mapped 10 homes to tour, whether you’re a local or a tourist.


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Ask the vet: flea and tick treatment [ Local Stories]

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Baton Rouge police have wings, jumpsuit ready for man who stole 30 cases of Red Bull [ Local Stories]

The sheriff's office posted on Facebook, "Apparently this guy wanted some wings; and we've got a jumpsuit to go with them. Call us if you know him."



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Margaret's Weather Picture for July 16, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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WDSU Baby of the Day for July 16, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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Deputy adopts kitten found during Barry [ Local Stories]



A Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department deputy's family grew by one during Barry made landfall over the weekend.



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Voltage issue, 'internal issue' caused 2 of 4 pumps at Station Five to fail during flooding event [ Local Stories]



The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board director discussed Wednesday's rain event at a City Council Public Works Committee meeting on Tuesday.



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Wildlife and Fisheries: Do not feed alligators [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is warning the public to not feed alligators.



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Flushing drugs down toilet could lead to ‘meth-gators,' police say [ Local Stories]

The post comes after officers said they found a man trying to flush meth and drug paraphernalia.



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Funeral arrangements set for LSU student killed in helicopter crash [ Local Stories]

Jillian Clark was among seven killed after a helicopter crashed on its way from the Bahamas to Florida.



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Adults only Cool Zoo party planned at Audubon Zoo [ Local Stories]

Parents, leave the kids at home. The Audubon Zoo is hosting a Sip+Dip event at the Cool Zoo and Gator Run lazy river.



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Tuesday AM Videocast: Heat and spotty storms [ Local Stories]

Today, the area will transition back to the typical summertime pattern of heat, humidity, showers and storms.



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St. Roch homicide investigation [ Local Stories]

NOPD says a man was shot and killed in the St. Roch neighborhood



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Monday, July 15, 2019

Keep umbrella handy [ Local Stories]

We are going to get back to a typical Summer pattern. Hot weather is forecast Wednesday through Friday with highs in the low 90s and a few mid 90s possible. Rain chances go down to a 20% chance. Heat index will begin to go up. Rain chances are a little higher this weekend, but no major impacts forecast for your outdoor activities. Just be aware there will be some afternoon Storms.The Mississippi River is at 16.21 feet. This is day 156 for the River 15 feet and above. The Spillway has now been open for the 2nd time for 67 days. A slow closing of the Spillway is possible July 27th when the River is forecast to reach 15.5 feet at New Orleans.



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Mississippi River continues high [ Local Stories]

We are going to get back to a typical Summer pattern. Hot weather is forecast Wednesday through Friday with highs in the low 90s and a few mid 90s possible. Rain chances go down to a 20% chance. Heat index will begin to go up. Rain chances are a little higher this weekend, but no major impacts forecast for your outdoor activities. Just be aware there will be some afternoon Storms.

The Mississippi River is at 16.21 feet. This is day 156 for the River 15 feet and above. The Spillway has now been open for the 2nd time for 67 days. A slow closing of the Spillway is possible July 27th when the River is forecast to reach 15.5 feet at New Orleans.



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Insurance claims could skyrocket after rain event in New Orleans [ Local Stories]

Insurance claims could skyrocket after rain event in New Orleans



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Blood Center urges residents to donate after Barry impacted collection [ Local Stories]

Blood donors are needed after Barry halted blood collections over the last week.



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1 killed in quadruple shooting in New Orleans East [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is on the scene of a deadly shooting in New Orleans East.



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5,000 remain without power in Terrebonne Parish [ Local Stories]

Around 5,000 people are without power after Barry over the weekend.



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Louisiana coroner: Museum founder was suffocated to death [ Local Stories]

A Louisiana coroner has ruled the death of a 75-year-old woman who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum a homicide by suffocation.



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Ironically, the high water impacted a US Army Corps of Engineers Flood Control project which was underway. [ Local Stories]

As residents of Plaquemines Parish deal with the remnants of Barry, water was still standing on Highway 23 Monday morning, forcing traffic to be rerouted until the water is drained.



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Man arrested on suspicion of looting in Houma during TS Barry [ Local Stories]

A man was arrested in Houma Saturday on suspicion of looting during Tropical Storm Barry.



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Wildlife and Fisheries warns of displaced wildlife following Barry [ Local Stories]

In the aftermath of Hurricane Barry, wildlife species will seek higher ground and be displaced into habitats they may not be familiar with.



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Voodoo Fest releases daily lineup [ Local Stories]

Voodoo festival organizers have released its day-by-day lineup.



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Shake Shack coming to Metairie [ Local Stories]

Shake Shack is opening another location in the New Orleans area.



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Man dies after being infected with flesh-eating bacteria on Florida beach trip [ Local Stories]

A Tennessee man died this week after being infected with a flesh-eating bacteria during a trip to a Florida beach.



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Barry overwhelms sewage systems on Alabama coast [ Local Stories]

Authorities say rains from Barry overwhelmed sewer systems on Alabama's coasts, causing more than 250,000 gallons in spills.



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State Police investigate after Houma officers shot at while examining storm damage [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana State Police are investigating after two Houma police officers were shot at while assessing storm damage from Tropical Storm Barry.



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VA benefits now include urgent care at 67 Southeast Louisiana locations [ Local Stories]

One of the provisions of the Mission Act law established a new urgent care benefit that allows eligible veterans access to urgent and walk-in care at participating clinics in their communities.



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NOPD investigating fatal hit-and-run in Seventh Ward [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash that happened Sunday.



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WDSU Baby of the Day for July 15, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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Rolling Stones set to perform at Superdome after postponing show during Barry [ Local Stories]

The Rolling Stones are set to rock the Superdome Monday night after initially postponing their show because of Tropical Storm Barry.



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Governor tours Barry impacts in Plaquemines, Terrebonne parishes [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana governor is set to tour Barry-related storm damage in Plaquemines and Terrebonne Parish Monday.



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Monday AM Videocast: Flash Flood Watch until 6pm [ Local Stories]

The Flash Flood Watch has been extended until 6pm for all of southeast Louisiana and coastal Mississippi.



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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Volunteers help feed residents after Barry [ Local Stories]

World Central Kitchen send volunteers across the state to give people meals after the storm.



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Inside Barry: Why our worst fears never materialized [ Local Stories]

Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr breaks down the science around why Barry didn't quite materialize the way it was forecast.



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Water along the lakefront in Mandeville still a problem [ Local Stories]

Strong winds continue to push water from Lake Pontchartrain into Mandeville, flooding the coastline.



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Highway 23 reopens, life begins returning to normal [ Local Stories]

Flood waters have receded and residents are now able to move around on Highway 23 in Plaquemines Parish.



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Pumps didn't necessarily makes things better in some parishes [ Local Stories]

Some complain that the pumps actually made some flooding worse in at least one parish.



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'We were spared;' Mayor Cantrell talks about Barry [ Local Stories]

“We absolutely made it through the storm. Beyond lucky. We were spared,” Cantrell said.



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Mayor on Barry memes: 'They helped me a lot ... I can laugh at myself' [ Local Stories]

“They helped me a lot … just being able to laugh at myself ... and I can take it,” she said.



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Mayor Cantrell gives Barry shout-out to Travers Mackel [ Local Stories]

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell takes a moment to thank WDSU's Travers Mackel for his Barry reporting.



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Thousands of birds fly north over Causeway before Barry [ Local Stories]

Thousands of birds fly north over the Pontchartrain Causeway before Barry, which is churning just south in the Gulf of Mexico.



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Flight board improving after early morning cancellations at Armstrong International [ Local Stories]

Flight board improving after early morning cancellations at Armstrong International



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Barry forecast to weaken to tropical depression soon [ Local Stories]

Barry forecast to weaken to tropical depression soon, but rain will continue across Louisiana on Sunday



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RTA to resume service Sunday afternoon [ Local Stories]

New Orleans Regional Transit Authority officials said bus service will resume early Sunday afternoon.



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VIDEO: Coast Guard helicopter rescues people from floodwaters in Terrebonne Parish [ Local Stories]

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans helicopter aircrews rescued people from floodwaters in Terrebonne Parish on Saturday as Hurricane Barry approached.



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Long lines Sunday morning at MSY following mass cancellations [ Local Stories]

Many travelers are still dealing with canceled flights



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TRACKING BARRY: The latest models and advisories [ Local Stories]

All eyes are on Tropical Storm Barry as it moves toward Louisiana



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Tropical Storm Barry moves north [ Local Stories]

Barry has weakened over Louisiana but the storm the storm still poses a significant flooding threat to many.



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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thunderstorms wreak havoc in Belle Chasse [ Local Stories]

Thousands are without power after strong thunderstorms tore through Belle Chasse



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Water pours into Lafitte [ Local Stories]

Residents in Lafitte are hoping the floodwaters recede as fast as they rushed in.



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Slidell roads closed for flooding, poor visibility [ Local Stories]

Police decided to close roads in Slidell for flooding



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Some levees overtop in Terrebonne, but Houma dodges bullet [ Local Stories]

Some levees overtopped in Terrebonne Parish, but Houma dodged a bullet



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Barry continues to move north [ Local Stories]

Barry is expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression Sunday



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St. Charles Park and Rec. director talks about shelter amenities during Barry [ Local Stories]

WDSU's Sherman Desselle talks with St. Charles Parks and Recreation Director Duane Foret about shelter facilities available during Barry.



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All flights cancelled at MSY ahead of TS Barry landfall [ Local Stories]

All morning flights going in and out of The New Orleans International Airport have been canceled.



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Barry impacting businesses along the Alabama Gulf Coast [ Local Stories]

See how people are preparing for Tropical Storm Barry along the Alabama Gulf Coast and how local businesses are being impacted.



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Couple celebrates marriage in French Quarter ahead of TS Barry landfall [ Local Stories]

There's nothing ironic about rain on this wedding day!



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Coast Guard rescue underway in Terrebonne Parish [ Local Stories]

The Coast Guard is working to rescue group of people stranded on remote island in Terrebonne Parish, officials said.



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Tracking Tropical Storm Barry [ Local Stories]

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How to stay safe while using a generator [ Local Stories]

The safe use of a generator is just as important as having one in your home.



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Flood waters approach Mandeville restaurant as Barry inches closer [ Local Stories]

Water is moving onto Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville.



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Tropical Storm Barry nears, thousands lose power [ Local Stories]

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain are hitting Louisiana as the storm crawls toward the coast.



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Thousands without power as Barry lashes Louisiana [ Local Stories]

Thousands of people are without power across southeast Louisiana Saturday morning.



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Sorority donates thousands of meals after Barry cuts convention short [ Local Stories]

The meals will be given to storm shelters and first responders.



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Sluggish Barry to make landfall; Mississippi to crest lower [ Local Stories]

Barry is still expected to make landfall as a hurricane.



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La. National Guard: We've got heavy equipment ready for Barry [ Local Stories]

The Louisiana National Guard has equipment and manpower to handle anything Barry may deliver. La. Nat'l Guard has heavy equipment ready for Barry



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Friday, July 12, 2019

Tips for handling your pets during an emergency [ Local Stories]

Have pets? Here's some advice on how to make emergency plans for them, too.



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Barry's bands bringing rain across region [ Local Stories]

The bands of a very slow moving Barry are starting to dump heavy rain across southern Louisiana.



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Airport still open after some delays, cancellations [ Local Stories]

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is still open, but some passengers were affected by delays and cancellations ahead of Barry.



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St. Charles Parish adding pumps in Montz [ Local Stories]

The parish has brought in extra pumps to help manage water from Barry.



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Thousands of birds fly north over Causeway to escape Barry [ Local Stories]

Thousands of birds fly north over the Pontchartrain Causeway to escape Barry, which is churning just south in the Gulf of Mexico.



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Jefferson Parish officials update Barry preps [ Local Stories]

Jefferson Parish officials give an update on Barry preps



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Barry’s path, strength at landfall still uncertain [ Local Stories]

Where Barry will hit and how strong it will be when it does is still uncertain.



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Images: Barry bears down on Gulf Coast [ Local Stories]

The Gulf Coast started feeling the effects of Barry Friday, ahead of a Saturday morning landfall.



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Coast Guard rescues 5 people by Gulfport ahead of expected hurricane [ Local Stories]

"Boaters should be prepared, stay informed and heed storm warnings," the Coast Guard said.



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Red Cross evacuation centers open ahead of Barry landfall [ Local Stories]

The American Red Cross of Louisiana has opened evacuation centers ahead of tropical storm Barry’s landfall.



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JP officials announce final preparations for Tropical Storm Barry [ Local Stories]

Jefferson Parish officials are announcing their finalized preparations before Tropical Storm Barry's landfall.



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Gov. John Bel Edwards provides update before Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall [ Local Stories]

Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a news conference Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's landfall.



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S&WB updates the status of New Orleans' pumps ahead of Barry [ Local Stories]

Will the pumps be able to drain water from New Orleans once Barry hits. The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans updates the status of the pumps.



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Rainbow blooms over Grand Isle ahead of Barry [ Local Stories]

A viewer sent us this video of a rainbow over Grand Isle before Barry.



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Tropical Storm Barry closures and cancellations in Orleans Parish - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


Tropical Storm Barry is barreling (well, meandering at a leisurely 5 mile per hour pace) toward Louisiana’s coastline, prompting a slew of cancellations. Here’s a list of closures—and if we missed anything, please drop a comment below. And please make sure you’ve accomplished your hurricane preparedness tasks.

Event cancellations and postponement

Delta Sigma Theta national conference ends today instead of running through the weekend.

Rolling Stones concert postponed to Monday, July 15

Running of the Bulls postponed to Saturday, August 24

City closures

City Hall

All courts and the DA office

All New Orleans Public Libraries

All New Orleans Recreation Development Commission facilities

The Blue Bikes bike share program is offline.

Garbage and recycling pickup is cancelled for Saturday but will proceed normally on Friday.

Park closures

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Headquarters and French Quarter Visitor Center

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Headquarters

City Park

Audubon Nature Institute facilities

Transportation closures

The MSY airport is open

Bus service have replaced the streetcars and Algiers/Canal Street ferry. The Chalmette ferry is closed. View service alerts here.

Megabus has suspended services.

Amtrak has suspended services.

School closures

University of New Orleans

Loyola University

Tulane University

Southern University of New Orleans

University of Holy Cross

Xavier University


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Barry strengthens as it churns toward Louisiana [ Local Stories]

Winds are up to 65 mph and Barry is expected to make landfall as a hurricane.



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Where to Eat In and Around Bayou St. John - [Eater New Orleans - All]


Sweet Soulfood’s mac n’ cheese, okra gumbo, and jerk cauliflower

Here’s the skinny on dining in this sweet ‘hood

Walking along Bayou St. John is a particular pleasure, with its bucolic views, doggies on parade, and residents gathering for wine and conversation as the sun sets. Once the primary portage between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi, the Bayou now accents a hub of dining, recreation and festival-ing, with the annual Bayou Boogaloo a highlight of the summer season. Whether catering to hungry neighbors or intrepid visitors striking out into new territory, the restaurants in and around Bayou St. John step up to the plate.


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WDSU Baby of the Day for July 12, 2019 [ Local Stories]

WDSU Baby of the Day for July 12, 2019



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New Orleans leaders preparing for Tropical Storm Barry landfall [ Local Stories]

The New Orleans mayor and other emergency officials are preparing for Tropical Storm Barry's landfall.



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NOLA immigration raids suspended as Barry inches closer [ Local Stories]

The City of New Orleans will not be participating in this weekend's expected immigration raids due to Tropical Storm Barry.



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‘This storm’s huge’: NHC director gives WDSU update on Barry [ Local Stories]

Even though the storm doesn’t look organized and traditional, there is a lot of moisture moving north.



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Tropical Storm Barry live blog: Watches, warnings, updates [ Local Stories]

Follow WDSU's live coverage to get the latest news and updates on Tropical Storm Barry as it moves toward Louisiana.



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TS Barry approaches Louisiana; Trump declares State of Emergency [ Local Stories]

Tropical Storm Barry's wind and rain are starting to hit Louisiana as New Orleans and coastal communities brace for what's expected to be the first hurricane of the season.



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Gates at Lake Pontchartrain close to stop Barry storm surge [ Local Stories]

The floodgates at Lake Pontchartrain have been closed to help prevent storm surge.



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Barry strengthens, continues to churn in Gulf [ Local Stories]

Barry has strengthened a bit in the latest models as it continues to sit off the Louisiana shore.



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Businesses flooded this week now bracing for Barry [ Local Stories]

Businesses that are cleaning up from flooding earlier in the week are now bracing for Barry.



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French Quarter keeping wary eye on Barry [ Local Stories]

Usually not worried about flooding, the French Quarter is keeping a wary eye on Barry.



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Residents stacking sandbags to protect property [ Local Stories]

Sandbags and portable pumps have been brought in to the more vulnerable areas.



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Residents stream into shelters ahead of Barry [ Local Stories]

Residents and pets are taking shelter ahead of the storm



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Floodgates closing ahead of Barry [ Local Stories]

Some floodgates are closing Thursday night ahead of Barry's landfall.



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Margaret Orr's latest Barry update [ Local Stories]

Barry still looks as if it will move ashore early Saturday, but whether it's a tropical storm or a hurricane is still uncertain.



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What you can do to prepare for a power outage [ Local Stories]

Here are things that you can do ahead of time to prepare for a potential power outage.



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Rock on: Rolling Stones show still on for Sunday [ Local Stories]

The Rolling Stones concert scheduled for Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is still on, WDSU has learned.



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Cruise ship bound for NOLA diverted to Mobile [ Local Stories]

Carnival Cruise Lines diverted a ship to Mobile, Alabama Thursday that was bound for New Orleans.



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Company apologizes after truck driver attempts to run over concerned citizen blocking flooded road [ Local Stories]

Company apologizes after truck driver attempts to run over concerned citizen blocking flooded road



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What to do if your car floods [ Local Stories]

If floodwaters submerge your car, even partially, there can be extensive damage. Here's what to do as soon as the water recedes.



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Things to do to protect your home and belongings before a flood [ Local Stories]

Just 1 inch of flooding can cause as much as $25,000 worth of damage in a home. Here are things to do to protect your home and belongings before a flood.



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How to file a flood insurance claim and other questions about flood insurance answered [ Local Stories]

The cost of flooding can be overwhelming. Here's how to file a claim with your insurance company if you experience flooding.



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Here’s a list of all evacuation orders ahead of Barry [ Local Stories]

Thousands of people are under a mandatory evacuations as Tropical Storm Barry heads toward Louisiana.



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MSY operations ‘currently normal’ ahead of Tropical Storm Barry [ Local Stories]

Airport officials said New Orleans International Airport will stay open unless weather conditions become unsafe or infrastructure is damaged.



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Governor addressing expected storm impacts for Louisiana [ Local Stories]

Gov. John Bel Edwards is holding a news conference Thursday regarding Tropical Storm Barry.



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Army Corps: Mississippi River to crest foot lower than expected [ Local Stories]

The Mississippi River is expected to crest a foot lower than projected.



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6 things to do before Barry gets here - [Curbed New Orleans - All]


The slow-moving storm is forecast to make landfall early Saturday morning as a hurricane

As of this morning, the disturbance brewing in the Gulf is officially Tropical Storm Barry—and he’s forecast to make landfall along the Louisiana coast early Saturday morning as a hurricane.

In the wake of yesterday’s flash floods, with the Mississippi River at record-tying levels and Barry on the horizon, many New Orleanians aren’t sure whether to stay in the city or go.

“Be prepared for the impacts. This is the time to help us clear debris. We are monitoring levels of the Mississippi River,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. “It is still too soon to tell what the impact will be, but we believe there will be an impact. It is never too early to prepare.”

With that in mind, here are a few things to do before Barry gets here.

1. Clean your catch basin

Right now, the greatest threat posed by tropical storm or Hurricane Barry is rain. The tropical disturbance could drop as much as 20 inches of rain on New Orleans levee system, which is already taxed from the Mississippi River’s unusually high levels. New Orleanians can’t control how much water falls from the sky, but we can do our best to clear the pathways of elimination for excess water. The catch basins on your block are the first line of defense. Make sure there’s not any debris or garbage obstructing their entrances.

2. Sign up for NOLA Ready emergency alerts and download the street closure app

The National Hurricane Center is a great resource, but when the electricity and internet go out, it’s hard to stay connected to trustworthy information. A battery-powered radio is ideal for this, and cell phone alerts can help as long as towers are still standing. Hurricane Katrina survivors may remember that in the days immediately after the storm, they couldn’t make calls from their cell phones, but they could send and receive text messages.

“Know what is going on ... whether by signing up directly for NOLA Ready’s emergency alert or watching your favorite news station,” said Laura Mellem, public engagement manager in the NOLA office of homeland security and preparedness, “You can sign up at ready.nola.gov or by texting your zip code to 888777.”

You also can download Streetwise, a web application that monitors street flooding and traffic incidents reported to the city.

3. Make a plan

At this point, a mandatory evacuation has not been issued for Orleans Parish, so your own finances and comfort level can dictate whether you hunker down or evacuate. “For a lesser-grade storm, you can evacuate if you don’t want to deal with the power being out for a couple days, or you can create a plan to shelter in place,” Mellem said.

NOLA Ready offers a city-assisted evacuation process in the event of a mandatory evacuation for residents who have no other way to leave. Seventeen pickup locations are marked by large statues that resemble a stick figure with one hand in the air.

4. Gather supplies

You’ll need a go bag in the event of a mandatory evacuation and a home kit if you shelter in place. A list of essentials for both is available at NOLA Ready’s website.

For the home kit: “It should be enable you to be on your own for at least three days: nonperishable food for everyone, including pets, three gallons of water per person, medications, a radio, flashlight, books, and games,” Mellen said.

For the go bag: “Include food, water, medical supplies, IDs, cash, a list of emergency contacts and important documents (birth certificate, deeds, insurance policies, marriage certificates)—anything you might need to file paperwork in the case that you are gone from home for a long time,” Mellen said.

5. Bring in or secure outside furniture

You don’t want your patio umbrella or grill to become projectiles. Of course, make sure your and your neighbors’ pets are safe and secure inside their homes.

6. Fill your car up with gas, charge your appliances, fill your bathtub with drinking water, and have cash on hand.

Tarps, flashlights, playing cards, battery-powered candles, and your favorite nonperishable comfort foods all come in handy, too, in the event of a power outage.

Here’s hoping everyone stays safe and dry this weekend.


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New Orleans officials continue storm preparations [ Local Stories]

The city of New Orleans is providing an update on storm preparation ahead of tropical weather.



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Jefferson Parish officials provide update on storm preparations [ Local Stories]

Jefferson Parish Emergency officials are holding a news conference Thursday to address storm preparations.



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St. Bernard Parish provides update on storm preparations [ Local Stories]

The St. Bernard Parish emergency officials are holding a news conference on storm preparations in the parish.



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WDSU Baby of the Day for July 11, 2019 [ Local Stories]

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See the latest models on where the storm is tracking [ Local Stories]

All eyes are on Tropical Cyclone Two as it strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico and threatens to strike land as a Category 1 hurricane.



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Mandatory evacuation ordered for portions of Jefferson Parish [ Local Stories]

Mandatory evacuation ordered for portions of Jefferson Parish



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NHC Director: Water will be biggest impact for New Orleans [ Local Stories]

The National Hurricane Center director joined meteorologist Kweilyn Murphy to provide information on Potential Tropical Cyclone Two.



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Plaquemines mandatory evacuations underway [ Local Stories]

Plaquemines mandatory evacuations ahead of tropical weather began Thursday at 6 a.m.



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Terrebonne Parish provides pump update [ Local Stories]

Terrebonne Officials say that 193 of the 194 drainage pumps are fully operational ahead of tropical storm impacts expected for the area.



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RTA announces limited service update [ Local Stories]

New Orleans RTA announced limited services were continuing for city transportation.



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Voluntary evacuations ordered for Lafourche Parish [ Local Stories]

A voluntary evacuation order is in place for portions of LaFourche Parish.



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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mississippi River forecast to rise 4 feet Saturday [ Local Stories]

Potential tropical cyclone 2 is now 120 miles SE of the Mouth of the Mississippi River. Max winds 30 mph. Moving WSW 9 mph. Forecast to move onshore Saturday near Marsh Island with winds of 75 mph. Remember the cone shows you where the center will move two out of three times. One out of three times it's actually outside of the cone. The major impacts of the storm or hurricane can be well outside of the cone.

We have concerns for the Mississippi River. Right now it is just over 16 feet. It is forecast to rise 4 feet Saturday to 20 feet. Levees protect the Metro. Those levees are 20 to 25 feet high. Some areas are higher in bends in the river when the water is pushed up against the levee, which causes a slight rise that that location. The forecast rise could drop, or go up. There will be wind as well, so that will cause waves. There is the potential that waves could splash over the levee. The integrity of the levees is considered good.

The heaviest rain looks to be Saturday into Sunday morning. Flash flood watch is posted into Saturday morning for the potential for an additions 6-12 inches of rain. We had plenty of rain in the Metro this morning! There is more to come.

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Devastating flooding in Freret neighborhood [ Local Stories]

Aubry Killion surveys extensive flooding in the Freret neighborhood.



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Waterspout seen from interstate in New Orleans East [ Local Stories]

A viewer submitted video shows a waterspout near Gentilly. This video was taken on I-10 in New Orleans East. Source: Vida Memmezzwatty



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Make sure your pets are prepared for Hurricane Season with this checklist [ Local Stories]

Pets are family, and should also be considered in your emergency plan during Hurricane season.



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From watch to warning, know your hurricane terms [ Local Stories]

It is important to know the difference between the severity of storms during Hurricane Season.



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Incredible video shows possible tornado near UNO campus [ Local Stories]

Darren Darby sent WDSU this incredible video of the tornado near UNO campus in Gentilly.



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