August 5th flood

Travis Lux / WWNO

The flooding of August 5th, 2017 revealed that several pumps, and the generators that power them, were broken.

 

Most of that equipment has now been fixed, but last week, lawyers filed a class-action lawsuit against the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans over damages caused by the flood waters.

 

WWNO’s Travis Lux spoke with New Orleans Advocate reporter Jeff Adelson about the suit, and what comes next.

S&WB Interim Operations Manager Joe Sensebe says the board has made major repairs since Aug. 5, 2017.
Jess Clark / WWNO - New Orleans Public Radio

It’s been almost exactly one year since record-breaking rains flooded much of the city, and the city’s pumping and drainage system couldn’t keep up. Later it was revealed that many of the Sewerage and Water Board pumps and turbines weren’t working. Sewerage and Water Board officials say since then they've made $82 million in repairs, and today, the pumping and drainage system is in much better shape.

Travis Lux / WWNO

 

New Orleans is a city that floods. Even a small storm can leave streets impassable. City officials say they’re working on solutions, but they’re also asking citizens to help out.

All this week we’ve aired stories about how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring — heavier rains, bigger storms, extreme temperatures — and there are some serious doubts. That’s why some people are taking matters into their own hands.