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Streets and Homes Flooded as Heavy Rainfall Drenches New Orleans

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New Orleans braced for flooding rain on Wednesday as torrential downpours unleashed a "flash flood emergency" across the southeastern Louisiana city.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a stark warning at 7:30 am, sending a ripple of concern through the region.

By early morning, the rainfall had transformed streets into rivers, with floodwaters reported at countless intersections and roadways throughout the city, according to traffic monitoring service Streetwise.

The rising tide overwhelmed drainage systems, leading to the closure of at least five underpasses by 1 pm. These closures included critical thoroughfares on Canal Street, Marconi Drive, Gentilly Boulevard, Franklin Avenue, and Carrollton Avenue.

Buses Suspended

The relentless rain forced the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) to suspend all bus and streetcar service by early Wednesday afternoon, leaving residents stranded and scrambling for alternative transportation.

Residents ventured out across the city to clear clogged storm drains and move their cars to higher ground. Neighborhoods like Mid-City and Gentilly, notorious for recurring floods, saw water levels rising uncomfortably close to homes and businesses by early afternoon.

Rain gauges across New Orleans painted a grim picture by 1 pm, with some registering over 7 inches of accumulated rainfall and the flooding showing no signs of slowing down.

The hardest-hit areas included New Orleans East, the 7th Ward, Mid-City, Gentilly, Uptown, and the Central Business District.



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