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It's Wet, And More Rain Is On The Way

It’s been a record-breaking wet March in New Orleans, and more rain is on the way Wednesday night.

National Weather Service forecasters say about 5.5 inches fell at the airport Tuesday night, with some areas getting up to 8 inches of rain. That makes March 2021 the wettest on record in Louisiana since 1946.

There were some local reports of street flooding, but overall little damage.

With the ground already saturated from storms and another 1-3 inches expected Thursday and Friday, more flooding is likely.

Rivers are rising across south Louisiana and flash flooding is possible. The Tangipohoa and Pearl rivers are already flooding in some areas.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for most of the region. There’s also a wind advisory in effect Thursday for much of the central and coastal parishes, with thunderstorms expected to bring gusts of up to 40 miles an hour.

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and local listeners.

Tegan has reported on the coast for WWNO since 2015. In this role she has covered a wide range of issues and subjects related to coastal land loss, coastal restoration, and the culture and economy of Louisiana’s coastal zone, with a focus on solutions and the human dimensions of climate change. Her reporting has been aired nationally on Planet Money, Reveal, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, BBC, CBC and other outlets. She’s a recipient of the Pulitzer Connected Coastlines grant, CUNY Resilience Fellowship, Metcalf Fellowship, and countless national and regional awards.

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