Light rain expected today in flooded New Orleans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The National Weather Service says heavy rains have moved out of New Orleans.

Residents in some parts of the flood-prone city are wading through waist-high water after heavy showers dropped more than 8 inches yesterday.

Forecasters say there's a slight chance of light rain today, and that's it.

But a few rivers to the north of a 22-mile-wide lake that forms New Orleans' northern border are brimming. Weather officials say they could spill over into some low-lying areas in St. Tammany Parish and two counties across the state line in Mississippi.

Authorities say all the city's drainage pumps are working but just couldn't keep up with the intense rainfall. They're asking residents to help clean out catch basins so standing water can drain from the streets.

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