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New Orleans FAQs and How to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

What you need to know if you’re planning on visiting New Orleans, and how you can help in regards to the record Louisiana flooding and its continued impact on these communities.

Although New Orleans remains dry with no anticipated peril to our community, a combination of record rain and river levels in southeast Louisiana has inundated several cities and parishes outside of New Orleans, including Baton Rouge, Prairieville, Lafayette, and Denham Springs, LA. We know all too well what our fellow Louisianans are dealing with now and in the coming days, weeks, and months. We also understand that you may have questions (yes, New Orleans is open and ready to welcome visitors).

Keep reading for what you need to know if you’re planning on visiting New Orleans and how you can help in regards to the record flooding and its continued impact on these communities, and please feel free to reach out to us directly on social media (Facebook or Twitter) with any questions. Just as the rest of the state supported us through heartache, we intend to help the victims of this flooding disaster through ardent support and action.

FAQs

What happened?

There has been flooding in many areas of the southern portion of our state. Because New Orleans was not affected by the flooding, we are doing everything we can to help our neighbors in this time of need. For information about donating, visit https://www.gnof.org/nolapayitforward/

How is the weather? Should we reschedule?

New Orleans has not been affected by the recent flooding. We cannot predict what the weather will be like during your stay. However, we do not anticipate that weather conditions will inhibit you from arriving safely and enjoying your time in New Orleans.

Is there flooding anywhere in Greater New Orleans?

There is no flooding in the Greater New Orleans area. As usual when traveling, we encourage you to stay up to date by checking local news sites or national news reports from the Weather Channel.

Can I get safely from the airport to the French Quarter?

Yes. There has not been any flooding in the Greater New Orleans area, and you should be able to easily get transportation via cab or Uber from the airport.

What roads are closed coming into New Orleans?

Because conditions in neighboring cities are changes frequently, we recommend checking the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development’s website for any road closure information before getting on the road. 

Have any flights been affected by weather?

Flights coming to and from New Orleans have not been affected by the flooding. However, we recommend checking flight statuses frequently and checking in with the Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) for any updates.

How to help flood victims

Give monetary donations. 

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Helping Families in Neighboring Parishes allows New Orleanians and anyone interested to provide resources for those impacted by flooding. Make donations online or call (504) 598-4663.

Second Harvest Food Bank is partnering with the CVB to help flood victims in need. You can choose from a pre-selected donation amount or enter any amount you’re able to. Remember, every dollar counts! You can also select whether to make a one-time donation or a monthly donation. Visit Second Harvest Food Bank for more information. 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is asking for both monetary donations and volunteers to assist flooding victims. Donations can be made online or by calling (504) 822-5540.

Donate goods directly to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

Now through Friday, August 19 at 3 p.m., the New Orleans CVB and the entire New Orleans hospitality industry is accepting donations of the following items on our loading dock (2020 St. Charles Ave.) to be transferred to the authorized shelters and distribution channels: 

  • Nonperishable food items. Needed food items include: canned vegetables, fruit, and meats (tuna and chicken), soups and stews, beans and chili. Peanut butter, pasta, rice, breakfast cereal, shelf-stable milk.  Highly nutritious items such as protein bars, Ensure and PediaSure are also needed.
  • Bottled water, preferably in palettes of 24
  • Personal toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Please note we are not currently accepting clothing, furniture, or cash donations

Donate goods. 

In addition to personal toiletries and nonperishable food items, select businesses and organizations are accepting clean clothing donations.

Galatoire’s will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Bank of Covington. Guests joining them for lunch on Friday, Aug. 19 and Friday, Aug. 26 are encouraged to bring as many food items as possible to decorate their tables; Galatoire’s will match all donations. Additionally, the restaurant is awarding two tickets to their Jean-Luc Colombo wine dinner on Aug. 31 to the guest who brings the largest donation.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting clean clothing for flood at its Sheriff’s Office Training Building, 819 South Broad St. All clothing should be bagged or boxed.

Chalmette Movies is letting those interested donate clothes at the theater’s box office from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 

Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ at 401 Andrew Higgins accepts food (nonperishable) and clean clothing donations daily from 11 a.m. until midnight. They are asking specifically for toothbrushes, toiletries, and new, packaged underwear. 

Dudley DeBosier Injury Lawyers accepts donations of food, clothes, and supplies at its New Orleans branch, 1124 St. Charles Ave. 

Purchase local products that give directly to charities assisting with flood recovery.

Artist and teacher Devin De Wulf painted his Louisiana: People Stronger Than Water in the days following the flood. De Wulf has created prints starting at $35, with 100% of proceeds from sales donated to the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. This organization will assist in getting affected kids back to school with the supplies and support they need. The prints are available through Where Y’art.

Lionheart Prints is selling a limited-edition, signed print of its Come Hell or High Water design. At $20 (8×10, unframed) and with 100% of proceeds funding essential items like food and water for flood victims, the print is ideal for gifting or treating yourself while helping others, too.

Dirty Coast and GoodWood Nola teamed up to create this red baton (hint: baton rouge in French) as a symbol of working together as a community. The baton is crafted from red oak, stained a dark walnut tone, and then painted with gold and red. A wax process protects the baton and helps maintain its color. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank Disaster Response.

A graphic designer (and Baton Rouge native) created Cajun Cool as a way to unite Louisiana and pay it forward: all proceeds from his t-shirt designs benefit flood relief and will be available for sale online permanently. Choose from several designs, styles, and colorways here.

Help in other ways. 

You can donate blood, which is in critically low supply at flood-impacted area facilities like The Blood Center. Contact (985) 788-3285 for more information.

Another way to help is to foster an animal from shelters affected by the floods, including Denham Springs Animal Shelter. Animal Rescue New Orleans is facilitating foster applications and placement: visit their website to foster an animal. You can also call Belladoggie Resort Spa for Dogs at (504) 309-9510 to donate, foster, adopt, or volunteer.

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