New Orleans Dodges a Bullet with Barry

City escapes catastrophic storm surges.
July 14, 2019

Communities in Louisiana are taking the first steps toward recovery after Hurricane Barry made landfall in the state as a Category 1 storm Saturday, before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said all state offices would be open Monday, except in three parishes where there are still power outages.

Barry—which weakened to a tropical depression Sunday as it moved slowly north across Louisiana and into Arkansas—had put Louisiana on high alert for much of the weekend with a threat of epic flooding. Much of that threat failed to materialize. New Orleans, in particular, did not see the catastrophic storm surges that had been feared.

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