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Old 08-07-2017, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro Area (OTP North)
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I'm an admitted and avid conspiracy theorist and I don't think all of them were on. Don't get me wrong...I haven't lived in New Orleans since July 2016 so I have no firsthand knowledge, but I still have family and other associates there who are all saying the exact same thing - the pumps on Broad in Mid City were not operating.

People keep saying that the pumps were overwhelmed by so much rain at once. Heavy rain isn't new in New Orleans...neither is the low sea level and concave topography of the city. Water pumps and levees were measures put in place to remit these issues from occurring to such an extent. Flooding will still happen of course, but 3+ feet of flooding? C'mon son...

This all may sound crazy, but give me your thoughts. Ciao
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:09 AM
 
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According to Cedric Grant this is because of "Climate Change". It's funny how "Climate Change" seemed to stop at the Jefferson Parish line and had little effect on the Westbank and NO East as well.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro Area (OTP North)
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According to Cedric Grant this is because of "Climate Change". It's funny how "Climate Change" seemed to stop at the Jefferson Parish line and had little effect on the Westbank and NO East as well.
LOL right...pisses me off. The citizens deserve answers and the negligent officials deserve to be held accountable.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:15 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Up to 10 inches of rain fell in under 3 hours, a 100 year rain event. That is going to cause flooding no matter what, even in any American city. Adding to that is the rain waters drain quicker in the higher parts of the city and accumulates in the lower lying areas, causing multiple feet of water. The pumps cannot handle that amount of rain in that amount of time, thus causing severe flooding. We haven't seen rain like that in a few decades but it does happen, May 8th, 1995 being the other prime example.

Are the pumps on are the bizarre comments that people like to make when they feel the city should be blamed for everything, as if the city themselves caused the rain to fall from the sky. You get ten inches of rain in an area that is below sea-level that relies on pumps for drainage and there is going to be severe flooding. Just be happy our New Orleans forefathers were smart enough to build all the houses a few feet of the ground, knowing that stuff like this happens, or else things could have been much worse.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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No conspiracy, just incompetence.
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The night of the flooding, with a substantial portion of the city underwater, the Mitchtator threw his Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant and NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison in front of the press. On Saturday night, Grant claimed all pump stations were operating, contrary to claims from citizens.

Sunday morning, Mitch tossed his six figure Deputy Mayor Berni out front. Berni explained that the outfall pumps were not operating, a technicality that they are for storm surges. Too bad the S&WB Executive Director, who runs the Sewerage & Water Board, who controls all of the pump stations, was unaware of this fact Saturday night when specifically questioned about the 17th Pump Station not operating–and he said it was.



Read more: BATISTE: The Mitchtator Missing In Action As*New Orleans Flooded
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro Area (OTP North)
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No conspiracy, just incompetence.
Thank you...good information
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Old 08-07-2017, 01:49 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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The pumps in the outfall canals (17th street, London Avenue, etc.) are for hurricanes and storm surge. They specifically just pump water out of the canal to avoid over-topping and too much pressure on the levee walls which is what caused the levees to break and flooding in Katrina, the giant new flood gates on the lake at the mouths of the canals are also closed in such a scenario. They would do very little with reducing rainfall flooding in the streets, they would really only be useful if the excessive rainfall was putting pressure on the Canal levees. It's really not that hard to understand unless you are talking about some other pumps. The Advocate had a very informative article about it today.
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Atlanta Metro Area (OTP North)
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NEW ORLEANS -- Seven of the city’s 121 pumps were not working during Saturday’s flood, a Sewerage & Water Board’s official said Monday....

wwltv.com | Seven pumps not working during Saturday flood, S&WB official says
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:35 PM
 
Location: nola
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NEW ORLEANS -- Seven of the city’s 121 pumps were not working during Saturday’s flood, a Sewerage & Water Board’s official said Monday....

wwltv.com | Seven pumps not working during Saturday flood, S&WB official says
Sounds like they had several down for maintenance. Common sense would tell me to do that when it's not hurricane season, but what do I know?
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Old 08-08-2017, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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New Orleans Mayor Landrieu plans to fire top officials over flooding | NOLA.com

Mitch oughtta fire the President of the Sewerage and Water Board.
Oh wait...
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