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

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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About Travis Lux

Travis is WWNO's coastal reporter. His reporting has covered a wide range of topics -- from science and health to arts and culture. His stories have aired on local public radio stations and national shows. Before joining WWNO, Travis reported for Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas, and for WRKF in Baton Rouge. He he studied Anthropology and Sociology at Rhodes College and radio production at the Transom Story Workshop.