Heavy rains dump at least four inches, bring street flooding

Heavy downpours cause flooding throughout NOLA

(WVUE) - Storms bringing heavy rains rolled through metro New Orleans Thursday morning causing street flooding.

Storms dumped up to four inches of rain in some areas. Water was high enough at one point to reach the middle of the door of a minivan under the Lake Pontchartrain Expressway.

Traffic around the CBD was slow moving. There was some standing water in some areas.

Earlier in the morning, water was pouring down the Magazine Street on ramp heading over to the Westbank.  A taxicab driver said he was trying to get to the Westbank when he saw the floodwaters but it wasn't deep when he attempted to drive up the ramp.

But with water pouring down the ramp and filling the street below, the flow pushed his cab sideways and water began pouring into the vehicle.

Fox 8 viewers called to report heavy rains and hail from the Helenburg Road area of Covington to street flooding in the New Orleans CBD and Westwego.

Flooding was also reported in areas of Oak Harbor.

At least one waterspout was spotted on Lake Pontchartrain.

Weather restrictions remain in place on the causeway. No motorcycles, RVs, or glass trucks are allowed on the bridge.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time for travel around the area.

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