Aug 11, 2017
The city of New Orleans, Louisiana is below sea level and essentially sits in a large bowl that is surrounded by water on all sides including the Mississippi River and two huge lakes. The city is protected from flooding by a series of levees that were breached by the massive hurricane Katrina in 2005 that flooded much of the city and killed over a thousand people. The levees have been repaired, but the city remains vulnerable not only to hurricanes, but to torrential rains that are frequent.
The city has pumping stations that are designed to pump out rain water to prevent flooding. Recently some of those pumping stations have failed. Some city employees have come forward to blame the current Democrat mayor Mitch Landrieu of ignoring warnings that the pumping stations might fail. Apparently, Landrieu was so obsessed with being politically correct and removing confederate monuments in the city that the safety of his citizens was secondary.