Jefferson Parish officials warn of potential street flooding this weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of southeast Louisiana until early Sunday morning, with storms expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain to the area.

The storm has prompted Jefferson Parish officials to warn residents of the potential for street flooding.

Residents should prepare for the storm by removing debris from streets and storm drains, allowing runoff to flow back into the drainage system, according to a news release the parish sent out Friday.

Flooding in streets, bayous and canals is possible due to heavy rainfall produced by the slow-moving storm system, which will be exacerbated by tropical moisture, according to the weather service.

Crews will be manning Jefferson Parish’s drainage pump stations and working in the field to minimize the flooding.

In addition, the parish issued a reminder that ordinances prohibit motorists from driving on flooded streets, which can push water onto nearby properties. Similar restrictions are in place in other parishes in the metropolitan area.

The flood watch will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.