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Some streets in New Orleans are flooding as Harvey reemerges in Gulf

As Tropical Storm Harvey reemerges into the Gulf of Mexico Monday, New Orleans is getting more rain, causing some streets to flood.
As Tropical Storm Harvey reemerges into the Gulf of Mexico Monday, New Orleans is getting more rain, causing some streets to flood. Courtesy the New Orleans Advocate

As Tropical Storm Harvey began reemerging into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, New Orleans experienced its first wave of heavy rainfall, with some areas getting more than three inches of rain in just a little more than an hour.

Areas in Lakeview saw the worst of the sudden weather Monday afternoon, with up to 3.5 inches of rain falling between 1 and 2 p.m.

Several other Weather Underground gauges showed between 2 and 2.5 inches of rain fell in Elmwood and River Ridge in less than two hours, and the map showed a precipitation rate of about 2 inches fell within an hour in parts of Gentilly.

By 3 p.m. Monday, more than 50 locations had experienced street flooding in clusters of Mid-City, Lakeview, Gentilly and New Orleans East, according to Streetwise, an online tool residents can use to see flooding and traffic incidents in real time in their areas.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents to remain home Tuesday.

The updates are based on calls for service made to 911.

At least one school announced weather-related changes as flood water started to pool. University of New Orleans officials cancelled classes on Monday afternoon due to "heavy rain and street flooding on and around campus," according to Adam Norris, the chief communications officer for UNO.

Norris "strongly" encouraged students who were already on campus to remain at the school until street flooding receded, and for those who were off campus to stay away until conditions improved.

"PLEASE heed this advice; streets are flooded and it is not safe to be maneuvering on campus," he wrote in a release.

More rainfall was expected in following days as the slow-moving system was expected to turn toward the northeast Tuesday and Wednesday night. Its center was slated to be just offshore of the middle and upper Texas coasts through Tuesday night.

Officials said over the weekend that rainfall of 5-to-10 inches was expected in southeast Louisiana, where a flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday.

In New Orleans, 4-to-10 inches of rain was expected throughSunday. Judging by Monday's downpour, however, it seemed that some areas would experience much higher amounts before the system was done making its way through the city.

The heaviest rains are due Monday night and Tuesday, with rain lessening on Wednesday and during the latter half of the week, the National Weather Service said.

For the rest of this story, visit the New Orleans Advocate’s website.

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