Audio: When it comes to stormwater management, New Orleans’ road projects are behind the times

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Michael Isaac Stein / WWNO

Climate change is expected to bring heavier rainstorms, which means more stress on the existing drainage system, such as this pump station along Broad Street in Mid-City.

Scientists say climate change will bring heavier rains and more intense storms. City officials have acknowledged that New Orleans needs to rethink how it deals with rain — by reducing its reliance on mechanical pumps and managing the water where it falls.

Thanks to a post-Katrina settlement with FEMA, the city has more than $2 billion to fix streets and drainage — a perfect opportunity to try some new ideas. But will it?

This week, with our partner WWNO-FM, we explore how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring. Check back every day this week for a new story in the series, “New Orleans: Ready or Not?”

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