Lee brings isolated damage, flooding, outages to Uptown New Orleans

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A passer-by looks at a fallen oak tree Sunday on Maple Street. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Although New Orleans was spared Tropical Storm Lee’s worst rain and winds, Uptown neighborhoods reported isolated damage, street flooding and power outages Saturday and Sunday.

Rain bands from Tropical Storm Lee mostly passed by New Orleans both Saturday (top image via WWLTV.com, captured at noon) and again on Sunday (bottom image via Stormpulse.com at 3 p.m.).

A few large trees were lost, including one that knocked out a transformer in the riverside area around Jefferson Avenue and caused 1,600 power outages on Sunday afternoon, according to Entergy New Orleans. About 1,000 Entergy customers had previously lost power Uptown on Saturday, including 600 in the Broadmoor and Fontainebleau areas and 250 in the University and Hurstville areas, though most of those outages were restored overnight.

Street flooding was also reported Saturday morning in an number of flood-prone areas, including State and Palmer streets near Claiborne, Delachaise and Prytania, and Jefferson and Dryades. Those areas drained off by Sunday, though with more rain expected as Lee continued its slow path through Louisiana, many residents left their cars parked in the neutral ground and other high areas in case the flood waters returned.

State Street near Claiborne Avenue on Sunday morning. (photo by Maya Rodriguez of WWL-TV, via Twitter)

The Sewerage and Water Board began repairs Sunday on a large sinkhole that opened on Broadway Street near Maple. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A large oak tree fell on a building on Maple Street near Fern. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Jefferson Avenue residents park in the neutral ground to prevent their cars from flooding. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A tall road sign and street light were felled on Fontainebleau Drive. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A map of the large power outage caused by a fallen tree on Sunday. (http://viewoutage.entergy.com/nola.aspx)

One thought on “Lee brings isolated damage, flooding, outages to Uptown New Orleans

  1. I am cracking up that people who live on Jefferson Ave near St Charles parked on the neutral ground. I drove down Jefferson and noted that most of the license plates were not local. Jefferson Ave near St Charles is high ground. It does not flood. So people, not that there was no water and stop tearing up the neutral ground. Get a grip!

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