New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu raised “a red flag” over the city of New Orleans’s drainage problems at a recent meeting of the Sewerage and Water Board. Landrieu also touted his administration’s accomplishments at the meeting, which is expected to be his final meeting as mayor before his term expires in May.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu met today with the Sewerage and Water Board for one last time before his term ends May 7.
The August 5 floods consumed most of their conversation.
The mayor called it a traumatic event that revealed the city’s vulnerability and a lack of investment and infrastructure. Some of the S&WB’s equipment is more than 100 years old.
While they have made major improvements to the city’s drainage system and are now capable of handling a major power outage or flooding event, the city still needs a new drainage system, Landrieu told the board.
He estimated on the low-end that could cost the city $600 million. If they wanted to build a fortress against flooding, they’d need at least $60 billion.
He says this has to happen immediately.
“I’m raising a red flag on this,” Landrieu said, “This has to take priority over any other thing that we are doing in the City of New Orleans. I love the Superdome, the jail, the playgrounds, but this is a matter of priority now and, to me, this is the number one priority for the city.”
Just what exactly has Landrieu been doing for 8 years? Exactly. This just another Landrieu failure that he is passing on to LaToya Cantrell.
It was no secret that New Orleans had drainage issues before Landrieu took office. He only prioritized the issue once he got caught in Aspen when the city flooded.
Now Landrieu is posing as a problem solver to position himself for the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. He’s hoping that his “problem solver” image, along with some white guilt, will give him the nomination.
However, we’re confident that Landrieu’s record of failure will not survive scrutiny. Unless Democrats see a new way to weaponize their failures yet again.