Schools close, Mayor Landrieu advises residents to stay home Tuesday as Tropical Storm Harvey approaches
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is advising the public to stay home and shelter in place as much as possible Tuesday (Aug. 29) due to forecasted heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Harvey.
Heavy rainfall remains the primary concern for the city over the next week, with stronger storms possible overnight through Wednesday. A total of 5 to 10 inches of rain is expected throughout the week, although rain bands could produce considerably more rain in isolated areas, according to forecasters from the National Weather Service. Higher winds are also anticipated in these rain bands.
A flash flood watch is in effect in the New Orleans area through Thursday, and a tornado watch is effective through Tuesday night.
City Hall, NORD facilities and other city offices will be closed Tuesday due to the threat of flooding. Several schools have already announced closures:
-All Orleans Parish School Board schools
-All Recovery School District schools
-All Archdiocese of New Orleans schools
-All New Beginnings School Foundation schools
-Delgado Community College
-Loyola University of New Orleans
-LSU Health Sciences Center
-University of New Orleans
-Xavier University of Louisiana
Sandbags are available for pickup at the following New Orleans Fire Department stations until further notice:
-Station 13: 987 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
-Station 16: 2000 Martin Luther King Blvd.
-Station 17: 4115 Woodland Ave.
-Station 27: 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
-Station 36: 5403 Read Road
Residents are encouraged to text “HARVEY” to 888-777 to receive updates on Tropical Storm Harvey.
Additionally, residents are advised to look for updates regularly posted on ready.nola.gov, on Twitter @NOLAReady, and on Facebook @NOLAReady.