New Orleans floods raise concerns about city pumping system

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017|4 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS– Some New Orleans officials say they’re not satisfied with the city’s response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city’s pump stations.

Regional news media report Council President Jason Williams says the council will fulfill Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system.

Some communities saw in between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. City officials stated that was excessive for the Sewerage & & Water Board’s 24 pump stations to handle although all were operating.

Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni told reporters the city has no immediate strategies to request an emergency situation statement from the state, however that could alter as the city collects more information on flood damage.

More heavy rain is forecasted for Monday afternoon.

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