Rain from Tropical Storm Nicholas has arrived in New Orleans and has started flooding streets, with officials saying at least two underpasses were closed as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Parking restrictions have been lifted in the city until noon Thursday, officials said. Residents can park on the neutral ground but they should not block intersections, streetcar tracks, sidewalks or bike paths
The system is forecast to creep east “hugging the I-10 corridor over the next few days.”
A flash flood warning is in effect until 2:45 p.m. for New Orleans, Metairie and parts of the west bank, the National Weather Service said.
A flash flood watch is in effect for New Orleans until Thursday morning. Officials warned that debris from Hurricane Ida could block storm drains, so flooding could occur more easily than usual.
Residents should check and clear their catch basins and gutters, officials said, and stay off the roads when a round of heavy rainfall is moving through.
List of closures
The city of New Orleans reports street flooding on Streetwise, its online tool. Here’s the closure list as of 11:20 a.m.:
- Press Underpass (the city listed as closed, but open as of 12:40 p.m. Tuesday)
- Downman Underpass (the city listed as closed, but open as of 12:40 p.m. Tuesday)
- St. Charles Ave/Washington Ave
- Chippewa St./3rd St.
- 5900 block of Tullis Dr.
- 1400 block of Washington Ave.
- Curran Blvd/Vincent Rd.
- 1028 Constantinople St.
- Dauphine Street/Iberville Street
- Skyview Drive/Ransom Street
- Paris Avenue/Gentilly Boulevard