6.4 million lbs. of debris cleaned from New Orleans catch basins

6.4 million lbs. of debris cleaned from New Orleans catch basins

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Mayor's Office said the Department of Public Works pulled out nearly 6.5 million pounds of debris from the city's catch basins.

After flooding in August, DWP reassigned crews to focus on cleaning the basins and requesting $22 million from the New Orleans City Council for the Emergency Catch Basin Cleaning and Repair Program.

The mayor said the city completed the project on budget.

Crews removed 6,409,560 pounds of debris from catch basins, which included over 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads.

The city also identified catch basins that needed repairs. The mayor said 25 repair crews are assigned to neighborhoods across the city, five days a week. They have repaired 2,000.