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Damaged drainage system in flooded New Orleans is nearly repaired

Damaged drainage system in flooded New Orleans is nearly repaired
From Reuters - August 11, 2017

(Reuters) - A damaged turbine that contributed to flooding in New Orleans should be working again later on Friday, but more back-up power is needed and dozens of extra generators are being brought in for the rest of the hurricane season, the mayor said on Friday.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke to reporters a day after he declared a state of emergency as workers struggled to clear streets flooded by a storm last Saturday that dumped up to nine inches (23 cm) of rain in just a few hours.

Although this week's flooding paled in comparison to the floods that devastated parts of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the intensity of Saturday's rains caught city officials by surprise.

There were no reports of major injuries, but local media reported that rescue workers had to pull several dozen drivers from their vehicles when the water began to rise rapidly.

The city was bringing in an additional 26 2-megawatt generators for the rest of the hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November, Landrieu said.

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