NEW ORLEANS - "Yesterday, the Council held a meeting to receive answers about the flooding last Saturday that caused damages to homes, businesses, and cars throughout the City. It is unacceptable that the public was not only uninformed but misinformed as to our drainage system functionality during the flood. I understand that Sewerage and Water Board is tasked with a tremendous load, but we all deserve honesty and transparency from our government, especially during flooding events that threaten public safety.
I will continue to work to address these major infrastructure issues, and all options should be on the table regarding the repair and maintenance of our stormwater system. To move forward, we have to make water a top priority and find a better way to live with the growing demand on our existing system. This requires participation at every level, and education that starts at a young age. We need to focus on different water management solutions that will allow New Orleans to sustain a bright future. But first and foremost, we need to make the most of the stormwater system we already have."