New Orleans floods as downpour overwhelms city pump stations

Claudine Rigal
Août 7, 2017

Cars are stranded on N. Claiborne Avenue after a torrential downpour flooded city streets on August 5, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches of rain over the course of a few hours.

New Orleans area residents are slogging through floodwaters after a day of heavy rainfall.

Stubborn summertime thunderstorms refused to leave the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, including the New Orleans metro area Saturday afternoon, according to weather.com meteorologist Jonathan Belles.

The news site reported almost 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell in Mid-City during the afternoon and about 5 inches (13 centimeters) fell elsewhere in the city.

New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board says the pumps can handle an inch of rain in the first hour and a half-inch of rain per hour in subsequent hours.

Some officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response and say more needs to be done.

A damaged Petsmart sign hangs after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on August 6, 2017.

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