New Orleans Floods as Rain Overcomes Pumps

New Orleans Floods as Rain Overcomes Pumps

Becker said for some areas, lsuch as Lakeview and Mid-City, that are at a lower level, they don't just receive their rain, but also have to deal with the additional runoff floodwater that pools at lower ground. "I continue to tell the people what this system can do".

"The Broad Street Theater had maybe a foot (0.3 meters) of water a couple weeks ago".

"If we can't handle a bad storm, than what will we do when there is a hurricane?" he said. "That's a longer conversation, but it'll certainly start tomorrow".

Heavy downpours caused widespread street flooding in New Orleans Saturday afternoon. In May 1995, floods did more than $3 billion in damage and killed six people in the New Orleans metro area.

"There is no drainage system in the world that can handle that [rate] immediately", Sewerage and Water Board Director Cedric Grant said. "The biggest drainage system in the world can not handle that much rain". At optimal performance, the pumps can displace one inch of rain during the first hour, and 1/2 inch after ever proceeding hour.

However, one pumping station recorded getting 9.4 inches in three hours Saturday, Jackson said.

The water rose amazingly fast, Guidry said. The council meeting, held at City Hall, is open to the public.

Flooded cars were being towed to R&S Auto Service, where several cars flooded Saturday. She said her office flooded about 16 inches deep, with 20 inches in the shop.

The news site reported almost 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell in Mid-City during the afternoon and about 5 inches (13 centimeters) fell elsewhere in the city. But there were three days of rain that year.

Council members questioned whether the city's pumping stations were working correctly.



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