Rainfall in New Orleans Overwhelmed City’s Pump Stations

August 8, 2017

Officials in New Orleans, La. say heavy rainfall over the weekend has now overwhelmed the city’s pump stations, contributing to flooding in some areas.

NOLA.com reported city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board’s 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni told reporters the city has no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage.

City homeland security director Aaron Miller says that with more heavy rain predicted for Monday afternoon, the city’s pumping capacity could be overwhelmed again.

Latest Comments

  • August 8, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    LadyLisa says:
    Do you think it is about time to concede the below sea level areas to Mother Nature? Maybe cities shouldn't be built below sea level.
  • August 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Agent says:
    Pretty easy to flood when a city is below sea level. Nowhere for the water to go.
  • August 8, 2017 at 12:18 pm
    Frank Balsinger says:
    You should get your reporting straight. Not all pumps were operating. Landrieu's administration caught in lie. Catch basins the likely real culprit. Local government malfeasan... read more
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