New Orleans Exploring Early Warning Flood System Following Weekend of Unexpected Heavy Rain

Bobby Roth Jr., owner of The Steak Knife on Harrison Avenue in New Orleans, stands in a doorway near a dining room where wet carpet was removed on Sunday, August 6, 2017 following an unexpectedly heavy rain on Saturday. (Photo by Chris Granger, | The Times-Picayune)

New Orleans officials are exploring whether to invest in an early-warning system that could notify residents and businesses when floodwaters are rising, Deputy Mayor Jeff Hebert said Thursday (July 10).

The system could include a “real-time forecasting system on floods” and would be aimed at providing “neighborhood-based, street-based” warnings when localized flooding occurs, he said. The city’s exploration of such a system is in the early stages, but officials are looking at a system the state has considered after the catastrophic floods in the Baton Rouge area a year ago.

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SOURCE: NOLA – Kevin Litten