Flooding in New Orleans Leaves Residents on Edge After Water-Pumping System Failure and More Possible Rain to Come
Residents of New Orleans are left struggling to manage flood waters following the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and to make matters worse, there is a chance of more heavy rain on the horizon.
In response to the flooding, Thursday the Governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency for the area, however, the city is still scrambling to repair the damaged water-pumping system before additional rain falls.
Speaking on the matter, Hurricane Katrina survivor Tammy Butler told media “I am angry, and I am sick of it,” adding “If people keep getting floods, I’m just going to have to leave the city.”
Another resident, Jamie Hill told media that she was doing what she can to clear mud and debris from her property, but “not that it will really matter if the pumps aren’t working.”
Responding to resident concerns, Gov. John Bel Edwards told the community during a City Hall press conference that the state of emergency was a precautionary measure and that while “Obviously this is a serious situation… it’s not something to be panicked about.”
Following Katrina, the federal government designated billions for repairs and upgrades of the city’s flood control systems, however, the problems have not yet been resolved over 11 years later.
Schools closed for the week, and the mayor of New Orleans urged residents to park their cars on high ground. It’s a familiar routine for the city during hurricane season, but this time the threat wasn’t churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the city’s pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods.
The city hadn’t finished cleaning up from the last round of flooding before it faced the possibility of another. Mounds of debris from last weekend’s flash flood remained piled up on sidewalks and street medians, some taller than passing cars.
Streets are pockmarked with potholes and sinkholes. The city’s water system has been plagued by leaks from broken pipes and power outages leading to boil water advisories.
New Orleans’ municipal pumping system is supposed to move water out of the low-lying city. Having the system crippled in August could not come at a worse time for New Orleans, since the Gulf Coast is in the middle of hurricane season.
But officials feared that even a common thunderstorm would test the system’s reduced capacity.
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