Heavy rains in New Or­leans over­whelm city’s pump sta­tions

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NEW OR­LEANS | Of­fi­cials in New Or­leans say heavy rain­fall over­whelmed the city’s pump sta­tions, con­tribut­ing to flood­ing in some ar­eas.

NOLA.com re­ported that city of­fi­cials said Sun­day that some neigh­bor­hoods saw be­tween 8 and 10 inches 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.

Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni 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.

City home­land se­cu­rity di­rec­tor Aaron Miller says that with more heavy rain pre­dicted for Monday af­ter­noon, the city’s pump­ing ca­pac­ity could be over­whelmed again.

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