Mayor LaToya Cantrell and administration officials address the media Tuesday afternoon as Hurricane Delta gathers strength in the Caribbean.
Travis Lux / WWNO

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell says she does not plan to order an evacuation for residents inside the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System ahead of Hurricane Delta given the current track and intensity of Hurricane Delta.

Daniel Rojas / FEMA

Thousands of Louisianans are scattered at shelters and hotels across Louisiana after Hurricane Laura. More than 140,000 residents have applied for disaster recovery help from FEMA so far.

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

Rainstorms seem to be getting more intense. In New Orleans, every time it rains, people worry about flooding. A new study from LSU finds that storms in Louisiana are getting bigger and wetter, dropping more rain over a shorter period of time.

WWNO’s Tegan Wendland talked with state climatologist Barry Keim and LSU research associate, Vinny Brown, who looked at climate data going back to the 1960’s.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans should manage all of the city’s drainage, not just some of it. That’s one of the recommendations in a new report about how to improve drainage in the city.

After major flooding in the summer of 2017, the Louisiana legislature required New Orleans to appoint a special task force to reexamine how drainage is handled in the city. The collection of city officials, deemed the Sewerage and Water Board Task Force, researched options, held public meetings, and typed up a report full of their recommendations. That report was submitted to the state legislature on Monday.

New Orleans Aviation Board

The new Louis Armstrong airport is set to open next year. The $1 billion facility is big, sleek - and only four feet above sea level.

Reporter Jennifer Larino has been covering the new airport for Nola.com/The Times Picayune, and she talked with WWNO’s Tegan Wendland about how prepared it is for the threats of climate change. 

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