New Orleans braces for new flooding as it copes with power outages, failed pumping system

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August 13, 2017

New OrleansHeather Wright is a New Orleans native, so she knows that flooding is a part of life in the city. New Orleans lies up to 10 feet below sea level and is mostly surrounded by water.

“I’ve lived in New Orleans all my life, so water is in my DNA,” Wright said Friday. “I survived Hurricane Katrina and lived through that, but this was the highest I’ve ever seen the water get since that time.”

By “this” she referred to flooding unleashed last Saturday after a heavy rainstorm overwhelmed the city’s compromised pumping system, and with many streets still flooded, city residents are bracing as a new round of heavy rain is expected this weekend.

Officials said this week that at least 14 of 120 drainage pumps located throughout the city were out of service during last weekend’s storm because of power shortages and because of a lack of basic maintenance.

  • Deb Scott

    Right after Katrina, I read and heard many people say that all the debris from Katrina be used to fill in the hole and New Orleans could be rebuilt on top of that debris. Whatever happened to that idea and how many time should the taxpayers be expected to help people who insist on rebuilding in a flood plain?

    • Rodney Steward

      Most debris rots and leads to sinkholes, just look at Florida at all the sinkholes, most everyone were filled in lakes or swamps and mother nature is just claiming back her land! Just like New Orleans, it’s built in a giant hole and will always have problems!!

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