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Crews repair broken water pipeline that caused major flooding in Carrollton neighborhood



New Orleans -- Crews work as fast as they can in the 7800 block of Cohn Street, fixing a broken water main that crippled the Carrollton area for days. 

"Yesterday we had no water, we couldn't flush toilets or wash anything," said David Zemmels "It's been surprisingly hard. We're getting half the pressure we usually do, enough to do dishes but not really shower."

Joe Becker, General Superintendent of the Sewerage and Water Board was on site for the monster project. Flashback two days ago, when the same street was underwater. Alan Dalton's car was too. 

"Other than my car falling in a hole, I've been unaffected, but other than that our water pressure is good," said Dalton. "We weren't even under the boil water advisory."

His house is just steps from the mess, but Dalton doesn't get his water from the 30-inch main, but was ready for repairs to end. 

This was more than just a repair for crews here, it was sort of like going back in time, and that brought on complications. 

"Last night we had a problem with the coupling," said Becker. "What we had was round, but the host pipe we installed in 1920 wasn't perfectly round. We had three guys in the machine shop over night in the repair, coupling to meet the shape of the host pipe." 

"It seems a shame we're going to have to pay now for 80 years of low maintenance on the system," said Zemmels.  

Becker says there are steps being taken to safeguard against more headaches. 

"Early 2014 and 2015, there is going to be an aggressive program funded by FEMA," said Becker. "At the same time, FEMA is funding some street replacement work that the department of public works is doing." 

But for now, one patch in a network of historic pipe, may satisfy some homeowners for a while. 


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