Heavy rains in New Orleans overwhelm pump stations

Heavy rains in New Orleans overwhelm pump stations

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Parts of New Orleans flooded after a heavy weekend rainfall that officials said overwhelmed the city's pump stations.

NOLA.com reports city officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. That was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

WAFB Meteorologist Steve Caparotta said that we are unlikely to see a system in any of our lifetimes that can handle that sort of rain.

Ryan Berni, deputy mayor for external affairs, told reporters the city has no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage.

Aaron Miller, the city's director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, said that with more heavy rain predicted for Monday afternoon, the city's pumping capacity could be overwhelmed again.

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