Scenes along the Louisiana Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall

Like many storms that have struck the U.S. in recent years, Barry’s biggest threat comes in the form of torrential rain and flooding. Rainfall totals could reach 10 to 20 inches in southern Louisiana. Storm surge is expected to reach three to six feet on top of normal tides. The Mississippi River is expected to rise precariously close to the maximum height of some of the levees that protect New Orleans. Even if the levees aren’t overtopped by floodwater, their failure could inundate parts of the city.

July 13: Clouds cover the New Orleans sky ahead of the hurricane.

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July 13: People walk along Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

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July 13: Maria Hernandez and daughter, Cindi Hernandez, walk near the Mississippi in Baton Rouge.

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JULY 13: National Guard members line up at one of the only fast food places open downtown in New Orleans.

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July 13: The largest pumping station in the world, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway West Closure Complex, in Belle Chasse, La.

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July 13: People watch waves break against a floodwall in a park along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, La.

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JULY 13: Members of the United Cajun Navy and other volunteers wait in a parking garage in Baton Rouge.

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July 13: People canoe down Lakeshore Drive along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain after it was flooded in Mandeville, La.

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July 13: The Mississippi River washes up on the Algiers Point Landing in Algiers Point, La.

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July 13: A woman stands along flooded road near Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville.

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July 13: People float down Lakeshore Drive which is covered by water from Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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July 13: A levee near the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.

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July 13: Collen Schiller and Wesley Vinson wade through storm surge in Mandeville.

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July 13: Robyn Iacona-Hilbert walks through her flooded business in Mandeville.

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July 13: Chris Nguyen and his father look at moving water that breached over a levee in Plaquemines Parish.

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July 13: Tyler Holland guides his bike through the water from Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville.

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July 13: A parking lot is flooded as Barry makes landfall in Berwick, Louisiana.

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July 13: A horse stands in a flooded field in Plaquemines Parish.

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July 13: Residents remove a downed tree from a road in Morgan City.

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July 13: A couple strolls down Lakeshore Drive along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain flooded in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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