Flooding

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The controversy over how the pumps operated in the city of New Orleans during the weekend flooding event is not over. The city council called a meeting just before Sewerage & Water Board Executive Director Cedric Grant announced his retirement saying he’d learned his staff hadn’t been honest about the event. The board’s Superintendent, Joe Becker, said that the system is not designed to handle that much rain in a short period of time.

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Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon and Attorney General Jeff Landry are encouraging Louisiana automotive shoppers to be proactive vehicle consumers.

 Some New Orleans officials say they're not satisfied with the city's response to weekend flooding, after heavy rainfall overwhelmed the city's pump stations

. Local news media report Council President Jason Williams says the council will meet Tuesday to seek answers about the pumping system. Some neighborhoods saw between 8 and 10 inches (20 and 25 centimeters) of rain over a few hours Saturday. City officials said that was too much for the Sewerage & Water Board's 24 pump stations to cope with even though all were operating.

National Hurricane Center

Tropical Depression Cindy continues to bring rain and some wind to northeast Louisiana. The remnants of the storm should move out of the area by the end of the weekend. Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

FINAL BULLETIN ON CINDY -- 10 a.m. Thursday

...CINDY WEAKENS BUT HEAVY RAINS CONTINUE...

SUMMARY OF 1000 AM CDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION

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A tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico has many Louisianans worried. Invest 93L has a 80% chance of growing into a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 5 days and an 80% chance in the next 48 hours.  The storm would be named Cindy if it develops.

Bayoustateweather.com meteorologist Don Wheeler says we need to keep an eye on this system.

“Should the storm continue on its present track it will be off the Louisiana coast Wednesday morning.”

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has honored a National Guard helicopter crew that rescued six people during floods last year. 

 The Bayou 69 crew first rescued a wildlife agent and firefighter whose boat overturned while they tried to rescue two people along the Dugdemona River east of Winnfield in Winn Parish. Other boats and a high-water vehicle couldn't get to them, and the two held onto their overturned boat for hours.

After months of working through the federal bureaucracy, Louisiana has access to the $1.6 billion in federal aid earmarked by Congress for flood recovery.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, officially released the dollars to the state Monday. Louisiana can now start withdrawing dollars to pay for recovery projects approved by HUD.

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The Ouachita River may be in trouble due to lack of commercial use.  The ”Low Use” designation  means funds could be scarce for dredging and locks and dams.  The funding relies on a formula  of lock usage and tonnage.

Congressman Ralph Abraham thinks the formula for funding should be based on other factors.

Abraham thinks more commercial river traffic is a great thing.  He thinks the Ouachita River has a bigger impact than commercial traffic alone.

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A doomsday situation could be just around the corner for North Louisiana and South Arkansas.  The Ouachita River could be defunded by the Corp of Engineers because of a lack of barge traffic.

Terry Baugh of the Ouachita Port says, “We are one pen swipe from disaster.”

The Lake Oroville Dam spillway in California is in danger of collapsing. The emergency spillway is being over-topped and more than 200,000 people are being moved to higher ground.

Live video is switching between 3 cameras located on the dam.

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