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Emergency decreed following floods in New Orleans

Staff Writer |
New Orleans, La. is now in state of energency after the effects of a storm that flooded hundreds of homes and businesses last Saturday, with prediction for more rain to come.

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The Governor of the state of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, officially decreed the state of emergency Thursday because of malfunctioning of the water pumping system and forecast of more rains that keep some neighborhoods under the risk of major floods.

"There is no need for panic," expressed Friday, though, the Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, who advised the residents to be vigilant and remain out of the streets in case the rain begins.

For years the city has fought against the problems of the drainage system, since its aging pumps are in constant need of repair, the basins are repeatedly obstructed, and often holes and sewer pipes are formed.

These problems continue, in spite of the changes in the chains of the dikes in the city, and other elements constructed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which provoked more than 1,500 dead in Louisiana.

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