Scene from pump station 6 in New Orleans on 10-23-07. Photo/AP Alex Brandon
A version of this post appeared in the New Orleans Advocate on Aug 26, 2017 page 4B.
Ever since the flash-flooding on Aug. 5 when a summer rain drenched homes and businesses in New Orleans, I’ve received phone calls every day from distressed callers.
“Should I sell my properties and move away?” they asked. I assured them that the localized drainage crisis is much different from the region-wide levee failure crisis of 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina.
Analyzing the failure of the federal Army Corps of Engineers’ levees took several years and more than a dozen studies to figure out what went wrong and why. But, analyzing the failure of the local Sewerage & Water Board’s pumping and drainage should take weeks, months at most.
H.J. Bosworth Jr is LIVE on WVUE TV Fox8 speaking with John Snell on Friday morning August 25 at 7:00 a.m. Bosworth addresses the growing concern that the S&WB’s pumping capacity may not be enough when New Orleans is drenched with rain from a potential Hurricane Harvey.