City seeks to protect drains with "gutter buddies"

Chris Miller
February 19, 2019 - 9:13 am

The city of New Orleans will take steps this Carnival to try and keep beads and other parade throws from clogging up storm drains. 

Not every throw ends up in someone's parade bag, and a lot of beds, cups, toys, and the plastic bags they come in end up going down the drain. 

Ramsey Green, the deputy CAO in charge of infrastructure, says they hope to prevent a lot of that this year.

"For the first time, we're going to have Gutter Buddies, which are sand bags in front of catch basins," said Green, "to prevent the incursion of beads, etc., material into our catch basins."

Green says they'll have them on both the Uptown route, and Canal Street for Endymion.. Green also urges anyone who sees an infrastructure issue, like leaky hydrants or compromised drains to call the Sewerage and Water Board at 52-WATER (529-2837).

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