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New Orleans-area residents urged to prepare for heavy rains

Possibility of flooding rains prompt reminders for citizens in SE Louisiana (FOX 8 Photo) Possibility of flooding rains prompt reminders for citizens in SE Louisiana (FOX 8 Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

The potential for significant street flooding over the next few days has prompted several reminders from parish and city leaders across the New Orleans area.

They warn that drivers could get slapped with hefty fines if they're caught speeding through flooded neighborhoods. Several municipalities have strict laws on the books that aim to get drivers to slow down so the wake from their vehicles does not send floodwater surging into nearby homes and businesses.

The New Orleans Police Department says it will ticket motorists who drive faster than 5 mph on streets with standing water.

The New Orleans Sewerage and Water board says the system can remove 1 inch of water from streets in its first hour of operation, and a half-inch in subsequent hours. 

S&WB officials also say all pumping stations are operational. 

Before the rains move into our area,  officials in Jefferson and Orleans parishes ask residents to help reduce the chance of street flooding by clearing leaves, mud, and other debris from their streets and catch basins.

This should help speed the flow of storm water into drainage canals and pumping stations.    

In anticipation of inclement weather, the Department of Public Works in Saint Charles Parish has prepared sandbagging locations. Residents are advised to bring a shovel in order to make their own bags.

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