It's out! Sewerage & Water Board removes car from Lafitte canal

Mazda 626 had Mardi Gras beads dangling from trunk, 2007 brake tag

Chris Miller
August 22, 2019 - 3:01 pm

An hours-long effort to remove a car found lodged in an underground drainage canal has finally come to an end. The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board successfully dragged the car out of the Lafitte canal around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

As the crane hoisted the vehicle up near where the Lafitte Greenway meets North Jefferson Davis Parkway, Mardi Gras beads could be seen dangling out from underneath the trunk lid, with the Mazda 626 label still plainly legible on it.

Officials aren't sure how long the car was in there, but S&WB director Ghassan Korban suspects it could have been in there up to "a dozen years." The brake tag reportedly had a visible expiration date of 2007, but there's no telling if the tag was current or expired on the day the car went into the canal.

Sewerage & Water Board workers found the car earlier this week while doing a video inspection of the Lafitte Canal. The canal is exposed as it runs from N. Broad to N. Jeff. Davis, then goes underground as it makes its way toward Drainage Pumping Station 7 in City Park at the Orleans Ave. Canal.

The inspection came as a result of the July 10 flood, caused by a brief but intense downpour that morning. The Lafitte Canal "experienced minor overtopping" leading to the Sewerage and Water Board's decision to look for unseen issues.

Sewerage and Water Board says the underground inspection of Lafitte Canal will continue all the way through to the pumping station at a cost of over $100,000.


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