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Failed pumps at Corps pumping station could increase Mid-City flooding risk | The lens


With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on New Orleans, one of three key Army Corps of Engineers pumping stations that help drain the city during a storm is only at partial capacity – far less than what is needed to keep the Orleans Avenue Canal from filling.
Photo by Danielle Bell
The city’s Sewerage & Water Board pumping station serving Mid-City and the City Park area can put significantly more water in that canal than the Corps could empty if the flood gates at Lake Pontchartrain have to be closed. Isaac is expected to be a Category 1 or 2 hurricane when it makes landfall in the New Orleans area Tuesday night..


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