FAGAN: Recent Flooding Proves Mitch Landrieu Grossly Incompetent On Many Fronts

Mitch Landrieu once predicted New Orleans would be underwater at the end of this century as a result of climate change. He was half right. The city was flooded last weekend but you can’t blame rising sea levels. No the blame lands squarely on the back of the incompetent Mitchell Joseph Landrieu.

We now know the flooding the afternoon thunderstorm brought Saturday was made much worse as a result of a city government poorly run by its mayor. The clear culprit is a lame duck, hardly-ever-in-town, incompetent mayor, not the burning of fossil fuel.

Mr. Landrieu was in Aspen, Colorado when all hell broke lose. He was there for a conference focusing on the foreign policy challenges facing the United States. What do you call it when a guy who can’t run his own city galavants off to solve the world’s problems? Being a Democrat.

Mr. Landrieu can fire as many employees as he wants and scapegoat them all but it doesn’t change the fact that during Saturday’s rain event  the pumping stations were operating at less than half capacity for the two neighborhoods hit hardest by the floods. How did Mr. Landrieu not know this? He’s the mayor. Unfortunately for Mr. Landrieu, when you ask people  to trust you with their vote, ignorance of how the city you run functions, is not a viable excuse.

While Mr. Landrieu was off in Colorado trying to solve the world’s problems his people were flat out lying about the pumping stations. Mr. Landrieu claims they lied to him too. But how could he not know the city’s pumping stations were in such bad shape? During Saturday’s flood, 14 pumps were not operating, two stations were working at half capacity  and three turbines were out. Four of the pumping stations serving Lakeview were broken. How does the mayor not know so many pumping stations were broken? This is New Orleans, a city under sea level.

Mr. Landrieu goes on and on about how we will all eventually be up to our waists after sea levels rise because of climate change and yet he has no clue the city he runs is grossly unprepared to even handle an afternoon thunderstorm.

The storm began dumping water just after two in the afternoon Saturday and since there was nowhere for the water to go, streets and intersections quickly became impassable. But it was a full three hours until City Hall issued warnings about which city streets and intersections were impacted.

You would think Mr. Landrieu would have immediately hopped on a plane Saturday leaving his hoity-toity friends in Aspen behind. He did not. He didn’t get back into town until Monday.

Flood victims were forced to listen to a long parade of lies from Sewage and Water Board officials about the pumps and which ones were working. Originally we were told they were all up and running and working. Now we know that’s not even close to being true. The buck for this inability to tell the truth belongs to Mayor Landrieu. These are his people. His hires. He’s the guy in charge.

During Tuesday’s city council meeting Mr. Landrieu called the misinformation “insulting to the public”. What’s insulting is how little Mr. Landrieu allegedly knew about how unprepared New Orleans is to handle a heavy rainfall.

Mr. Landrieu promised his administration will study its flood response and will also have the issue reviewed by outside experts. Really? He’s been mayor for seven years. Is now the time to figure out whether the city is doing everything it can to prevent flooding?

Mayor Landrieu hired his long-time loyalist friend and fellow incompetent Cedric Grant as director of Sewerage and Water Board three years ago. I suppose the two men never talked and that’s how Mr. Landrieu became so clueless regarding what bad shape the city’s pumping stations are in.

Grant resigned this week, providing a perfect scapegoat for the Landrieu-friendly media to promote. You should have heard Clancy DuBos giving the mayor a pass on WWL-TV the day after the flood. His spin made  Mr. Landrieu out as the victim in all of this.

As far as Cedric Grant taking all the blame and losing his job I would wait before you shed a tear for him. His pension will pay him $175,000 a year for the rest of his life. That’s $175,000 a year while sitting on his couch watching Jerry Springer. But we’re told there’s no waste in government.

It’s already been demonstrably proven Mr. Landrieu has no idea how to solve the crime problem in New Orleans and he has divided the city like no other mayor with his monument fiasco. Saturday’s thunderstorms taught us the mayor is also incompetent when it comes to dealing with flooding.

Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.

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8 thoughts on “FAGAN: Recent Flooding Proves Mitch Landrieu Grossly Incompetent On Many Fronts

    1. New Orleans has been Democrat for longer than that, and Democrats are the ones who made the city so successful in past years. Mid-20th century Democrats are the ones who ruined the place. 1960s hippies and civil rights activists are a universe apart from 1860s planters.

        1. If you go by presidential elections before the war, Louisiana only went Whig a couple of times (one being Zachary Taylor), and I’d attribute any Republicans supported here in the 1860s and 1870s to funny business. These Democrats were conservative men that believed in ideas like low tariffs and free trade, less government spending, less government influence in the economy, states’ rights, abiding by the Constitution, and so on. You can find men today who hold these same beliefs, but not among Democrats.

          1. After the war, one republican was sent to La…It was to take away any distrust. However, what he did, (forgot his name) was to confiscate lands .. Large land owners in those days were rich and powerful “free people of color”…. They lost everything AFTER freeing their slaves voluntarily.

            La has a very different history from other parts of the country because even back in the late 1700’s on to the civil war, we had many different cultures. Be it natives, creoles, Cajuns, Germans and the Irish that all came here because those considered “bas clas” everywhere else found a place like home here.

            Over the years, our history has been revised and democrats portrayed themselves as the saviors.
            They are NOT in favor of equality, they are not in favor of smaller government, they are not in support of small business owners…

            Look at Edwards. He is looking for ways to pass more taxes rather than cut the hundreds of non classified state employees that are “appointed”. They don’t follow same rules, don’t even show up for work and any make over $100k per year. There are dozens of “committees” and panels that meet and accomplish nothing but a paycheck. Angelle in particular was one of those appointed to a number of commissions..

            Big government to todays democrats is simply a way to funnel money to those with power and influence. THA T is how Landrieu got elected Mayor.

            And it isn’t just New Orleans. It is now an infestation all around the state.
            We are 48 or 49 in every category… That alone should be a wake up call…

            Have a good day cher.

              1. All folks were decent after wars united us. Then those with evil, corrupt, power addiction became the norm.. And we little people, busy about our lives didn’t notice there were more of them than us.
                We need to drain the swamp and start over…
                Have a good day cher.

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