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New Orleans swamped as 5 inches of rain falls

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NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans-area residents are slogging through floodwaters after a day of heavy rainfall.
  
WWL-TV reports flash flood warnings were in effect Saturday evening in Jefferson and Orleans parishes. Flooding was expected in New Orleans and its suburbs.
  

Nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell in Mid-City during the afternoon and about 5 inches (13 centimeters) fell elsewhere in the city. Water was knee-deep in many parts of New Orleans at mid-evening.
  

The Sewerage and Water Board told the news site water was at the top of the Peoples Avenue Canal, but there were no breaches.
WWL-TV reported 3,400 buildings without power in New Orleans, largely in the Lower Garden District.

The National Weather Service forecast scattered showers and thunderstorms continuing Saturday night.

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