New Orleans Prepares For An Ancient Infrastructure Breakdown With Storms Heading To The City

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 It almost seems unfathomable that Americans allow its infrastructure to crumble no matter where the city is or town.  But we care more about partisanship than our own well-being.  And I am thankful to be Clown-proof, that means this buffoon in the White House is not someone that I need to depend on, but many Americans, most actually are dependent on the government and the government, local; state and federal are all failing them.   New Orleans is heading into the weekend as the underdog in its battle against impending rain as it continues to recover from last weekend’s storms.neworleans-1
While the city has 24 pumping stations to manage excess rainfall, six of the city’s most powerful pumps were offline for routine maintenance or mechanical issues when several inches of rain fell on certain neighborhoods Saturday, Ryan Berni, the deputy mayor of external affairs, told CNN. Six smaller “constant duty” pumps also were out, general superintendent Joseph Becker said Tuesday. With the system’s draining capacity in the affected areas thus cut nearly in half, hundreds of homes and businesses found water seeping through their doors, with about 15 businesses flooding for the second time in two weeks.
“If we can’t handle that amount of rain, we certainly can’t handle a hurricane,” City Council President Jason Williams said Monday. “We’ve got some capacity issues, got some serious preparedness issues.”
And, even if all of the city’s 24 pumps were operating at full capacity, they would only be able to move out an inch of rain in the first hour and 1/2 inch each hour after that. Six to 10 inches of rain have fallen throughout the city in the past week, and, on Saturday, one pumping station saw 9.4 inches pour down within three hours.
Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for New Orleans every day from Thursday through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. This week’s floods further point out the city’s weak infrastructure, the result of limited federal funding and a tight city budget.
“It’s a system that was broken before [Hurricane Katrina] and that was more broken after,”Landrieu said to CNN.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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