The city of Kenner is urging residents to clear out the drains on their streets in anticipation of heavy rains expected to begin rolling through the metro area Thursday afternoon and evening.

Kenner is under a flash flood watch through Saturday evening and could receive between 5 and 10 inches of rain, with isolated spots seeing even higher totals, officials said late Thursday morning.

Officials said residents should be ready for water to pool on streets and for potential power outages. The approaching storm system has caused significant flooding in northern Louisiana, the city noted.

“I know we’ve been talking about the rain threat for a couple of days, but now is not the time to relax,” Acting Kenner Mayor Michael Sigur said in Thursday’s statement. “It is headed this way, and while we are hoping for the best, we need to be prepared.”

Between 2 to 4 inches of rain could fall by Thursday night, and the chance for flash flooding is higher on Friday, the city said.

Officials added that the city’s emergency preparedness coordinator, Doug Dodt, has been in touch with Jefferson Parish emergency management officials as well as with weather forecasters since earlier in the week.

The city asked any residents having drainage issues on their block to call the Public Works Department at 504.468.7515.