VIDEO: City of New Orleans updates COVID-19; preparations for Hurricane Delta

City of New Orleans weekly media briefing - Oct 6

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) -The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is monitoring Hurricane Delta, which is now a Category 4 storm and will make landfall along the northern Gulf of Mexico late this week.

There is growing confidence in the forecast track, which includes the New Orleans Metro area. Sustained tropical storm force winds (more than 35 mph), storm surge outside of the levee system, and heavy rain are possible with this system.

In preparation, residents are encouraged to prepare their properties and gather emergency supplies, including food, water, and medications, for at least three days.

Those who might need extra help during a storm due to age, ability, or medical needs should sign up for the City’s Special Needs Registry. To register, call 3-1-1 or go to specialneeds.nola.gov.

The City will also provide text updates to residents. To sign up, text DELTA to 888777 (subscribers who received texts for Beta, Sally, Laura, Marco, or Cristobal will automatically be subscribed).

Public Safety Preparations

The City’s Emergency Operations Center, which has been continuously activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will now transition into a tropical storm response with liaisons from public safety, infrastructure, transportation, and human service agencies, as well as State and Federal partners.

The New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Fire Department, and Emergency Medical Services have emergency personnel ready to respond as necessary. High water vehicles, boats, and barricades are being strategically deployed in areas prone to flooding. The Orleans Parish Communication District is prepared to meet the emergency communications needs of New Orleans residents during this tropical weather event.

Service Impacts

City Hall, NORD, and the New Orleans Public Library are monitoring the storm and will announce any impacts to services as warranted.

NOLA Public Schools continues to monitor Tropical Storm Delta, and schools are taking actions to prepare their organizations and facilities for potential impacts.

Infrastructure Preparations

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans has all 99 drainage pumps available for service. One constant duty pump, located at Drainage Pump Station 7 near City Park, is out of service. But these are smaller units used to regulate groundwater in canals and are not large enough to be critical during a flood fight. Turbines 1, 4 and 6 are available for service, as well as all five Electro-Motive Diesel generators and all five frequency changers. Turbine 3 is out of service pending a repair. Additionally, a new feeder from Turbine 6 to the Carrollton Frequency Changer Facility is now in place and operational, giving the system added power reliability.

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