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Neighborhoods remain flooded despite pumping station

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PRAIRIEVILLE - Two weeks after a major rain event, residents along Bluff Rd. in the Alligator Bayou area are still flooding. Last Friday, two temporary pumps were installed to clear some of the mess, pumping water from Frog Bayou to Bayou Manchac.

Drainage officials report the water has gone down, but levels remain high at nine feet. Normal levels are at four feet.

Nicholas Gros lives on Bluff Rd. and says he doesn't expect the water to recede any time soon.

"This is the highest it's been yet," said Gros. "We're getting pretty concerned and nervous."

While the pumps run, the flood locks are closed, leaving the standing water in backyards and swamps with no where to go.

"It does it's job, it's just when it's back here, it stays for a long time," said Gros.

The pumps are running around the clock, each pumping an estimated 60,000 gallons of water per minute. Despite the heavy pumping, water levels in Bayou Manchac are not expected to rise.

Crews will be on call during tonight's storm, but they do not expect major flooding. Drainage officials expect the work to last another two weeks.


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