Council member wants answers about poor drainage

City Council asking for answers about drainage

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans City Council committee was expected to discuss the backlog of broken and missing catch basins across the city Wednesday.

The meeting comes four days after the city saw 4 inches of rain cause flooding in some areas. Some believe faulty catch basins are to blame.

Council Member-at-Large Stacy Head said the repair and replacement of broken or missing catch basins is one of her highest priorities.

According to | The Times-Picayune, Head said she has pushed for catch basin repairs for years and wanted funding for fixing them to be a top priority during budget hearings last year.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu listed a $3 million expenditure in this year's budget to eliminate the drainage point repair backlog, but Head said she has not seen any evidence the repairs have been started. She has since been told the money hasn't been freed up.

Head has asked a member of the mayor's administration to attend the meeting so she can question them on the status of the repairs.

That meeting was scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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