NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Early morning weather alarms awoke many people on Mother’s Day (May 12), including college student Colt Nolan.
Nolan said he tried to move his car to higher ground, but unfortunately couldn’t quite get there.
“We woke up at 6 a.m. and noticed all the water and everything, we tried to come down here as soon as we possibly could,” Nolan said.
They moved the car as best they could, but the damage was done and the water was rising, so they left the car where it was. After all the water receded, Nolan said he went out to his car this morning, with a $300 parking ticket waiting for him.
“I would never have parked in a bicycle lane if I had the opportunity not to, but this is the only option I had. All the spaces were taken, I didn’t know what else to do,” Nolan said.
He reached out to city services for help, but instead said he just come away more frustrated.
“I didn’t know what to do," Nolan said. “[I] thought the city would be lenient about it, which they were for less than 24 hours and then they go back to what they did before.”
Meanwhile. across town in New Orleans East, there’s still water across Old Gentilly road. Business owner Marty Fears said he’s facing more than $12,000 in repairs since water flooded his construction company there.
“I saw it this morning, it was about 2 inches deep in the whole building,” Fears said.
They started cleaning up today, but Fears said there’s still water inside his business. He said for more than a year, he’s complained about the failing drainage ditches around his property, which he blames in part to illegal dumping in the area.
“I’ve had it to where it’s almost come in my building a couple times, but I cleaned out ditches and rerouted things so it flowed good, and had I pretty much corrected it until they started dumping back there,” Fears said, referring to the road scatted full of tires nearby.
But just like Nolan’s $300 parking ticket, Fears said he is still wondering what can possibly be done before the next rain.
“Something needs to get done about it, and I don’t seem to be able to get a hold of anyone who wants to do anything about it,” Fears said.
Two city councilors who represent Fears and Nolan’s districts were contacted regarding these cases.
In the case of the parking ticket, Councilman Joe Giarrusso said parking enforcement has been notified. In the case of the flooded New Orleans East business, Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen said there needs to be a greater focus from the City Council on drainage ditches and infrastructure in that area.