NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Guns, needles, animal remains and tires were just a few of the items discovered clogging the New Orleans catch basins that contributed to flooded roads during summer storms.
Flooding in July and August prompted the city to clean out the drainage system to prevent water on roads and cars stuck at busy underpasses.
Since Aug. 6, the Department of Public works has cleaned over 450 catch basins and more than 13,450 feet of drain lines. DPW cleans an average of 5 to 6 catch basins per day per vacuum truck crew for an average of 4,263 catch basins per year. DPW flushes approximately 48 miles or 255,780 linear feet of drain line per year.
As crews cleaned out the catch basins, they found a slew of objects, some of which looked like they had been there for years.
The objects include but are not limited to:
- Brake parts
- Brake pads/rotors
- Foreign bricks
- Concrete (poured and preset)
- Unfired bullets and bullet casings
- Credit cards
- Animal remains
The DPW issued a request for an additional $7 million in catch basin cleanings and $14.8 million in drainage point repairs.