By MICHAEL WALTONAssociated PressThe NFL said it would not be willing to let the games continue without safety measures that could allow for a temporary shutdown of the games, which were scheduled to begin Saturday.
The league said it was considering a temporary halt in Sunday’s game in Cincinnati that had been scheduled to end at 3:30 p.m.
(1100 GMT) because of the flooding in the area.
It was the latest development in a year of storms that have ravaged Louisiana, Mississippi and the southeastern United States.
President Donald Trump on Saturday called the storm a “disaster,” while New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city was “in an epic situation.”
There was no immediate word on the status of the storm-ravaged area in Louisiana.
The NFL also announced that players and fans would not return to practice for the remainder of the season until the conditions improved and the weather is under control.
“We are taking every step we can to ensure that we are not playing at capacity in our stadium,” the league said.
“The safety of our players and our fans is paramount to our entire organization and we are going out of our way to do everything we can so that we don’t have to do it again.
We are going after every hole in the dome and we’re going after it right now.”
The league is also canceling a Sunday night game in Tennessee and Monday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings after the storms caused flooding in that area.