Last Saturday the city of New Orleans flooded again.Not really news right?It is a city basically built in the bottom of what would be a lake if it were not surrounded by levees and bailed out by massive banks of pumps.
But no,this isn’t so much a story about a flood as it is the massive stupidity that allowed the pumps to not be pumping as the rain fell.
First some history for those of you not familiar.New Orleans proper is surrounded by a protection system of storm barriers,levees and flood walls.The city is also crisscrossed with a canal network and at the ends of these canals are some massive pump stations designed to remove rain water at 1/2 inch (13mm) per hour.That is assuming the pumps are turned on.
Last Saturday a storm system moved through the area which produced some massive rain storms one of which hit the city and left in it’s wake 6 inches (150mm) of rain water in less than 2 hours.A lot of rainfall,but not even half of the record high.In times past when the system was ran by competent folks,those people knew that when a large storm was spotted heading in on radar the thing to do was turn the pumps on and pump down the water in the canal system giving them extra storage capacity and a cushion that would allow the system to stay ahead of the rain fall and keep the city from flooding.
This,time though none of that happened.The pumps didn’t come on,the rain fell and a whole bunch of people had their homes and cars flooded.People asked why weren’t the pumps running?The official lie was yes they were running,they just couldn’t keep up.Problem is many of the residents are smarter than that and know how the system works and since nearly every cellphone has a video camera on board there was positive proof within minutes that this was a lie.It’s hard to hide these pumps and their inlets from view after all.
So,next came the blame storming,the mayor was out of town at the time.This is (D)Mitch Landrieu brother of former (D) senator Mary Landrieu (ya that one).He was out of town at the time,Vail Colorado IIRC which is a vacation resort,but he wasn’t on vacation,righhhttt .Never fear he tweeted at about 9:00 PM that night for everyone to “stay off the roads”which wasn’t hard to do since most people’s cars and trucks in the affected area were drowned.
Then as the questions piled on came the head of the SWB,the sewage and water board who’s responsibility it is to man and operate the pumps.The head said on local TV that “well,uh,hmm,…oh! Climate change!-Next!
So today we hear a variety of theories ranging from Martians to Climate change to somebody’s cat was to blame and finally the last excuse,lack of money,which is probably spot on.Keep in mind this is the same city and mayor that spent money they didn’t have removing “symbols of racism and oppression” i.e. statues of dead white men from the public view,no doubt to be replaced with some liberal “art” installations,at a hefty cost to the taxpayers,what few there are left, in the city that has been ran into the ground by democrats since LBJ was president.
So there are IIRC 24 pumping stations around the city,all within 10 minutes driving distance,but the mayor announced there would be an investigation and a panel formed to find out why the pumps weren’t running.This instead of just getting in his car,driving to each one and just asking why the f–k weren’t they running????
Oh,wait,my bad,I forgot he’s an Obama worshiper,so obviously he is leading from behind,or maybe he’s just the ass that’s responsible?
Any rate,at least the people are doing what they are known for,meeting adversity with humor.One guy called in on a local radio show and said-“The reason the pumps weren’t running was Mitch Landrieu found out the pumps were painted white and had them taken down and stashed them with the Confederate monuments”