New Orleans floods raise questions about city pumping system

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — 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.

Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni told reporters the city has no immediate plans to request an emergency declaration from the state, but that could change as the city collects more information on flood damage.

More heavy rain is predicted for Monday afternoon.