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East Baton Rouge Prepares Pumping Station in anticipation for severe weather

3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago Friday, August 25 2017 Aug 25, 2017 August 25, 2017 11:17 PM August 25, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - City leaders are preparing pumping stations around the parish in preparation for however Hurricane Harvey may effect the area.

The Department of Public Works have inspected the pumps all week and said they should be ready to handle rain from Hurricane Harvey.

The city has two pumps. One is located on Terrace Street, and the other station is near the capitol. Both stations pump water into the Mississippi River.

"They're capable of pumping about 76 thousand gallons a minute and what it does it picks up water from on Nicholson on the canal, brings it to this location and pumps it in the pipe and goes up the pipe and into the Missississippi river," Director of Department of Public Works and Traffic Fred Raiford said.

For people nervous about pump problems after the severe flooding in New Orleans earlier this month, Raiford says her things a different.

"New Orleans is below sea level and we are above sea level and most of our water that we have runs off the rain water comes through gravity and goes through our channels and drains off gravity wise," Raiford said.

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