Friday, September 2, 2011

Louisiana state of emergency over fears of another Katrina as New Orleans faces 20 INCHES of rain in 24 hours - 2nd Sept 2011

New Orleans residents have been ordered to prepare for devastating flash flooding of the kind that ravaged the city following Hurricane Katrina six years ago.

Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency last night amid fears that a storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico could dump up to 20in of rain in coastal areas.

Southern parts of Mississippi and Alabama were also on alert as the depression was today expected to become Tropical Storm Lee, the 12th named of the season.

Forecasters predict 60mph winds will hit the Gulf Coast by 1pm on Saturday, with its eye hitting Morgan City, 80 miles west of New Orleans.

The Louisiana state of emergency comes in the wake of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s calls to evacuate Manhattan ahead of Hurricane Irene.

Mr Jindal yesterday rejected claims that he is overreacting by saying: ‘We know from experience that it's best to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

‘And since we're at the height of the hurricane season, now is a good time for Louisianians to make sure they have a game plan to protect themselves and their families if a major storm approaches our coast.’ Read More