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Sat September 3, 2011
New Orleans Pumping Stations At Full Power
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says all of the city's 24 pumping stations are working, but they can only move so much water.
"They can handle one inch during the first hour and a half-inch thereafter of continuous rainfall. All of the backup generators are working and they are currently in operation and will continue to be so."
Some forecasters are calling for as much as 20 inches of rain to fall over the next few days. Winds are also expected to be gusting past 45 miles an hour. City officials are expecting street flooding. And motorists who drive more than 5 miles an hour through standing water may be cited by police for creating a wake that could flood homes.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.