Mayor Cantrell asks residents and businesses to prepare for Alberto

Mayor Cantrell asks residents and businesses to prepare for Alberto

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mayor Latoya Cantrell and the City of New Orleans is encouraging residents and businesses to be prepared for the potential of heavy rains and flash flooding over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Officials say one of their main concerns is heavy rains that could lead to localized flooding. They are also worried about the potential for strong winds and storm surge for areas outside of the levee protection system such as Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou.

Orleans Parish is currently under a Flash Flood Watch until Tuesday, May 29. The parish is also under a Tropical Storm Watch and Storm Surge Watch until further notice.

The City and the Department of Public Works has suspended parking on the neutral ground until further notice so that residents can move their vehicles to higher ground to avoid flooding. Residents are still not allowed to park on the streetcar tracks.

Mayor Cantrell released a statement saying,

"Public safety is our top priority and we are monitoring Subtropical Storm Alberto closely. While it isn't expected to impact us until Sunday night, there is the potential for inclement weather beginning this afternoon. I strongly encourage everyone to be safe and stay informed."

For more information on what the city is doing to prepare for Subtropical Storm Alberto, visit ready.nola.gov.

Copyright 2018 WVUE. All rights reserved.