FOX 8 Defenders Follow-up: Crews begin cutting city's biggest drainage canal

FOX 8 Defenders Follow-up: Crews begin cutting city's biggest drainage canal

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - In a FOX 8 Defenders follow-up, maintenance crews have begun cutting and cleaning part of the Palmetto Canal in New Orleans.

Five days after our report showing weeds and other greenery growing wild in the city's biggest drainage canal, we found sections of the canal that had been cut and cleared.

Until now, the last time the Sewerage and Water Board had cut the Palmetto Canal was mid-March. Neighbors and at least one business owner expressed concern.

"It's taking up space for water for one thing, and restricting the flow," business owner Emile Virgadamo said.  "When you have growth that comes up through the cracks in the concrete or through the grates, or whatever is there.. it slows down the flow to an extent, not terribly much unless there are small trees," civil engineer with Levees.org H.J. Bosworth, Jr. said.

The Sewerage and Water Board's director of communications also stressed to the FOX 8 Defenders last week, impact from foliage is minimal when it comes to flow of water, but that the board was re-assessing its grass-cutting schedule to make sure it addressed the issue as soon as possible.  Tuesday was the second day crews were spotted working in the canal since our report.

The FOX 8 Defenders staffed with volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women also field consumer complaints at 1-877-670-6397 or you can fill out an online complaint form. 

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