NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As New Orleans dried out Monday from torrential rains that flooded areas for the second time in two weeks, the City Council called a special meeting to review the drainage system and warning processes.
Council President Jason Williams said he plans the Tuesday meeting “not to make any presumptions or cast any aspersions, but to really do an autopsy of every single thing that happened between Saturday and Sunday.”
Williams said he wants to learn whether drainage work in other parts of the city is causing backups in areas that typically have not flooded and why messages about flood danger weren’t sent out sooner.
Some people have told him that “if they had gotten word sooner … they could have gotten out and moved their car onto the sidewalk and saved their car,” he said.
Williams and Councilmembers LaToya Cantrell and Susan Guidry said in separate phone interviews that none had a dollar value for damage, but it probably wouldn’t reach the threshold for federal and state disaster aid.
“It doesn’t look hopeful that we’re going to get that,” Williams said.
Cantrell said about 15 businesses flooded for the second time in two weeks.
“The Broad Street Theater had maybe a foot (0.3 meters) of water a couple weeks ago. This time, it was more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) of water,” she said.
Cantrell and Williams said that area has stayed dry in previous storms that were just as bad.
“If we can’t handle that amount of rain, we certainly can’t handle a hurricane,” Williams said. “We’ve got some capacity issues, got some serious preparedness…
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