NEW ORLEANS ON EDGE AS CITY SCRAMBLES TO FIX PUMPING SYSTEM

hosted.ap.org | 8/11/2017 | Staff
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- 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.

Louisiana's governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city's malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding.

City - Equipment - Power - Plant - Drainage

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.

Tammy - Butler - Hurricane - Katrina - Stress

Tammy Butler went through Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was reliving the stress this week. Butler says she can't afford to rebuild her home and life a second time.

"I am angry, and I am sick of it," Butler said. "If people keep getting floods, I'm just going to have to leave the city."

Gov - John - Bel - Edwards - Emergency

Gov. John Bel Edwards described his emergency declaration as a precautionary measure. He and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tried to calm the jangled nerves of residents still angry about the city's response to last weekend's flooding.

"Obviously this is a serious situation, but it's not something to be panicked about," Edwards said at a City Hall news conference.

Jamie - Hill - Resident - Mid-City - Neighborhood

Jamie Hill, a resident of the Mid-City neighborhood that has flooded twice in the past month, was clearing mud, sand, grass and other debris from the storm drain near her home. Her car flooded in an earlier downpour a few weeks ago....
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