Here is an update on Tropical Storm Barry from Joseph I. Giarrusso, New Orleans City Councilmember, District A, as of July 11th, 2019:
1. The track is moving closer east. The current expectation – subject to change – is 10-15 inches of rain.
2. Trash that was not picked up yesterday should be picked up today. There may come a point when the City will notify citizens that trash will not be collecting trash this weekend. If that happens, please secure your cans.
3. If people see catch basins blocked with debris, please remove the obstructions. DPW has trucks on the streets now.
4. SWBNO says 118/120 pumps are available, all pumping stations will have operators on duty through the event, and turbines are available.
5. If your car stalls in water, do not start the ignition again. In the first case, it may only be a $500 repair. Equipment Department reports trying to restart it would be $15,000.
6. All streetcars have been replaced with bus service. Depending on weather's progression, cut backs on RTA service will begin 1-2 hours prior to landfall, as needed.
7. River crest projection has fallen by one foot (from projected 20' to projected 19'). USACE stands by integrity of levees and says overtopping should not cause flooding into neighborhoods subject to proper pumping. This is the same as reported yesterday.
8. High river is a concern. The general threshold for mandatory evacuation is being in the cone of a Category 3 hurricane.
9. People are encouraged to voluntarily evacuate if they desire. Otherwise, please shelter in place.
10. In Orleans, the remaining IHNC and MRL floodgates will be closed.
11. Please sign up for updates from NOLA Ready: https://ready.nola.gov/stay-connected/emergency-alerts.
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