Council wants answers on NOLA flood

Chris Miller
August 08, 2017 - 6:28 am

Was New Orleans' drainage system overwhelmed, or was Saturday's flooding worse than it could have been? A special meeting today of the New Orleans City Council is looking for answers.

Council president Jason Williams was not happy with how the city's drainage system worked:

"We can't handle a bad storm, what will we do when there's a hurricane?" Williams asked. 

And the council president expressed irritation at comments from sewerage and water board officials about climate change leading to heavy rainfall.

"Telling New Orleanians who are wet and underwater this is the 'new normal' for the city of New Orleans is completely unacceptable," he said.

Mayor Landrieu said Monday that he thought the climate change comments were "out of context" and "tone deaf." And, he says that he, too, would like some answers. The mayor has ordered an after-action review to look into the rumors that not enough pumps were on.

"Unfortunately, this particular are got flood twice in to weeks which lends to anxiety and all other things," Landrieu said. "My recommendation to everybody is let us do our after action report, It will be fully transparent and we will communicate to the public what if anything needs to be fixed."

The city council meets at 1:00 p.m. at city hall.

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