NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - In a little more than a week Hurricane Season will begin, and the city is testing its evacuation skills.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell said despite Friday's flooding, the city will be ready for whatever happens
Volunteers will gather Wednesday morning in Mid City to run through a drill of the city-assisted evacuation plan.
The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and other agencies will oversee the exercise.
Those volunteers will role-play as evacuees from the evacuation pickup at the senior center.
The volunteers will then make their way to union passenger terminal downtown, and then to the Louis Armstrong International Airport to simulate air evacuations.
They will later return to the senior center for a debrief with Cantrell.
At a press conference Tuesday, Cantrell said Friday's rainfall taught some valuable lessons and modifications are already being made.
"What we did learn is that we have to do and we will do and are in the midst of is doing a better job of educating our police officers as to exactly where those barricades are positioned," Cantrell said. "That was one of the reasons we didn't see barricades on the overpass at Carrollton, but we did have the vehicles blocking and we did have a resident kind of go around one of the vehicles and officer frank had to immediately just pull forward and rescue one of our residents."
Cantrell said she's also working with FEMA to free up more than a billion dollars in funding so investments can be made in new infrastructure to help prevent flooding.