New Orleans floods as downpour overwhelms city pump stations

By  | 

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Parts of New Orleans flooded after a heavy weekend rainfall that officials said overwhelmed the city's pump stations.

City officials said Sunday that some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) 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.

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

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.