Barry Williams talks to a friend on his cellphone Saturday in Mandeville, La., as he wades through floodwaters from Lake Pontchartrain. More photos are available at arkansasonline.com/714storm/ NEW ORLEANS — Barry rolled ashore in Louisiana on Saturday, flooding highways, forcing people to scramble to rooftops and dumping large amounts of rain that officials feared would test the levees and pumps that were bolstered after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005. After briefly becoming a Category 1 hurricane, the system weakened to a tropical storm as it made landfall near Intracoastal City, about 160 miles west of New Orleans, with its winds falling to 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. By early evening, New Orleans had been spared the worst effects, receiving only light showers and gusty winds. A National Weather Service forecaster said the city may escape with only 2-4 inches of rain. But officials warned that Barry could still cause disastrous flooding across a wide stretch of the Gulf Coast and drop up to 20 inches of rain through today across other parts of Louisiana. “This is just the beginning,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Saturday. “It’s going to be a long several days for our… Read full this story
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