Roundup: New Orleans takes on water / Nominate BR volunteer activist / Hurricane prep 

    Flooding: Severe thunderstorms moved through New Orleans early this morning, causing street flooding from several inches of rain and prompting tornado warnings, reports. Street flooding is being reported throughout the city and City Hall was closed for the day. Read the full weather report. 

    Nominate: Nominations are now open for the 48th annual Baton Rouge Area Volunteer Activist Awards, hosted by The Emerge Center. Nominations can be completed online and are due by Aug. 14. The awards luncheon honors those who give of their time and talents to organizations across the community, above and beyond typical volunteer requirements. 

    Insurance: FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program are urging people to prepare for hurricane season and buy flood insurance. The Hurricane Center said the flood insurance program and FEMA note that an inch of water in an average home can require $25,000 in repairs, and that flood insurance policies need 30 days to take effect. More information is available at

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