O, the weather outside is frightful: photos of the flash flooding

New Orleans has received well over 5 inches of rain today.

The National Weather Service said the monthly rainfall record for December was broken Saturday.

The last record, set in 1967 and recorded at New Orleans International Airport, was 10.77 inches for the month, said Shawn O'Neil, a weather service meteorologist. By 9 p.m. Saturday, it was measuring 12.72 inches as the rain continued to fall, he said.


The streets around Tulane turned into rivers - with up to two feet of water in places, some of it flowing in waves out over the sidewalks and yards, some of it running in strong currents, such as at the tempestuous intersection of the Rio Freret and Calhoun Creek.

More photos after the break.