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Puffoluffagus
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Richmond, VA
Member since Feb 2009
3491 posts

Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Found this on my facebook feed. Guy prolly should run for mayor at this point. Helped new orleans drainage problems more than the guy currently in office.
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This is the catch basin located at the corner of Sixth and Carondelet during heavy rains on the morning of August 6th.

I have heard for years from my neighbors that they have called they city to complain about it not draining. Allegedly city employees have shown up and said there is nothing that can be done to fix the problem




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Here comes the really hard part, and this must be where the city employees were stumped. You actually have to work and get a little dirty. Use the shovel and scoop all the crap out of the hole and put it somewhere else. Preferably, where it will not drain back into the basin.






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The Department of Public Works claims that their vaccuum truck crews can clear out 4-5 catchbasins per day. Two men on a truck with powerful equipment and they can't move any faster than that. Wouldn't want to risk a union grievance, but I am fairly confdent I can do 7 in a day alone with a shovel and still have an hour to sit under a tree and eat my lunch.

Apparently there are 16,000 of these clogged around the city. Who took the time to count them, but not do anything to fix them?
Only 15,999 to go.





CajunSoldier225
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The Cajun Heartland
Member since Aug 2011
7335 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
He's got my vote.


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PhillipJFry
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Member since Sep 2016
790 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Surprised he didn't get a citation for trespassing.


OysterPoBoy
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BR
Member since Jul 2013
9976 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
He better watch his back. Mitch don't play.


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djangochained
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Member since Jul 2013
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re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Crumbling infrastructure


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PapaPogey
LSU Fan
Dulac, LA
Member since Apr 2008
36801 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
New Orleans is such a shite hole it's sad


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QuietTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2003
23920 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
While I agree with what needs to be done, the workers they have won't do it. Also, their bosses won't write them up.


TulaneUVA
Virginia Fan
Member since Jun 2005
23796 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Well, they working for the government right? Not surprising


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Junky
VCU Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
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re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
The mayor we need, but the mayor we don't deserve.


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ThatMakesSense
LSU Fan
Texas
Member since Aug 2015
10124 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
There's an old saying, that when you take a new job..look for what's currently at a 1, and turn into a 10, as quickly as possible.


Jim Rockford
LSU Fan
Member since May 2011
61668 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Its a storm drain. All this time I've been wondering WTF a catch basin is. New Orleanians have to have a weird name for everything .


QuietTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2003
23920 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
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Its a storm drain

Not every shower is a storm, yet they sometimes catch them too.


bee Rye
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New orleans
Member since Jan 2006
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re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
I like the picture taken on Elysian Fields the other day of 11 city workers cleaning one catch basin


jbgleason
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BTR, suck it all you haters
Member since Mar 2012
9767 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
You have to be shitting me. I assumed catch basins that require crews and vacuum trucks were some large central drainage structure. They are street side storm drains? The ones we used to clean out as kids with a rake and a shovel? GTFO.


QuietTiger
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Dec 2003
23920 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
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bee Rye

Frickin' worst run bidness in the city, and that takes a LOT!


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larry289
LSU Fan
Holiday Island, AR
Member since Nov 2009
3698 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
So you're saying you dug out the entire basin and cleared everything to the storm drain pipe and you could do 7 in a day? There was no trash in the storm piping when the entire basin was clogged?

Something tells me there is a missing link somewhere in this story.


TigersHuskers
Nebraska Fan
Nebraska
Member since Oct 2014
7533 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
Public employees are so dumb


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Puffoluffagus
LSU Fan
Richmond, VA
Member since Feb 2009
3491 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
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So you're saying you dug out the entire basin and cleared everything to the storm drain pipe and you could do 7 in a day? There was no trash in the storm piping when the entire basin was clogged? 

Something tells me there is a missing link somewhere in this story.




I didn't do shite.

But don't think there's a conspiracy going on here to frame the public works department.


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ruzil
Southeastern LA Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2012
11332 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
I grew up in Norco. We had problems with drainage in the ditches and every time it rained the streets would flood. Mom would bitch and complain about it to my Dad and he would call our police juror and nothing would ever be done.

That didn't stop my Mom from bitching at Dad about it. After another rain storm and flooded streets, Mom again bitched. My Dad, tired of hearing all of the complaining, decided to do something about it.

My Dad, being a farmer, knew a little about drainage, took a shovel and re dug the ditches with proper fall from our house to the canal at the end of the street and then to the major drainage canal. Next rain, our street didn't flood. Mom had nothing to complain about.

The only negative, some of my friends thought my dad worked as a ditch digger for the Parish which caused me a little embarrassment. Dad passed exactly one month ago at age 88, he was such a good man.


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jamboybarry
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I Putt Out
Member since Feb 2011
19377 posts

re: Catch Basins 101 - solving new orleans drainage
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So you're saying you dug out the entire basin and cleared everything to the storm drain pipe and you could do 7 in a day? There was no trash in the storm piping when the entire basin was clogged? Something tells me there is a missing link somewhere in this story.


How many years you been at S&WB?


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