NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 3: A car passes through minor street flooding in an uptown neighborhood following heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee hit the area September 3, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of heavy rain across southeastern and south-central Louisiana and forcasted that the storm would continue its slow, potentially erratic motion toward the north or northwest over the next day.   (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)

Hunkering down to handle Barry?

When it's actually time to hunker down for Barry (who was NOT invited to our party!), we wanted to put some resources in front of you to stay prepared. 

by Clint Durrett | July 11, 2019

Wednesday was as an awakening to the flooding we can see here in New Orleans. We all can joke on the idea of sticking around during a hurricane and having parties when we get to take a day off of school or work. But when it’s actually time to hunker down and handle Barry (who was NOT invited to our party, thankyouverymuch), we wanted to put some resources in front of you to stay prepared.


No car, no plan, nowhere to go for an evacuation?

We all know someone who relies on ride-sharing services, or their two feet, to get around the city. But what happens when you have to get out of the city? Where do you go? What do you pack? Who do you turn to for the latest information on what’s happening in the city? We’ve got a guide to help you figure things out.


Cleaning out those catch basins

So we can’t control how many pumps are working, but we can work on keeping the catch basins on our streets clean so that water can flow freely into them. If you’re not sure how to clean them, click here for a step-by-step guide.


Stay Informed

Need to stay in the know with all the changing information on Barry or weather emergencies?

Pro tip: Text your zip code to 888777 to receive NOLA Ready emergency text alerts. You can also text “Barry” to that number to get updates from the city about the storm.


Follow these social media accounts

@NOLAReady – the City of New Orleans’ emergency preparedness system
@NWSNewOrleans – National Weather Service New Orleans
@EntergyNOLA – Entergy New Orleans
@SWBNewOrleans – Sewerage and Water Board
@NOPDNews – New Orleans Police Department
@NewOrleansRTA – Regional Transit Authority
@NOLAFireDept – New Orleans Fire Department


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Clint Durrett

Clint Durrett

Hi. I’m Clint.
I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year.
I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home.
I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care about to live your best life here in one of the best cities on the planet.
I love finding things to do here – concerts, food, drinks, nerding out, etc. And I love sharing those things with others.
Contact me via email. Gimme a shout on social. If you see something you think we should know about, hit me up. If you see something that needs fixing on the site, ditto. I want this website to be yours, too. Not just one I manage, but one we as a community and New Orleanians use to help us live our best lives.

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