“While the water has receded rapidly, several St. Tammany Parish residents have taken on water in their homes, cars and businesses,” said Cooper. “While our drainage systems were working as designed, events like today show a need for a comprehensive approach towards addressing drainage. I will continue working diligently with all agencies, local, state and federal, to provide improved drainage infrastructure, plans and guidance.”
Neighborhoods south of Interstate 12 in Mandeville experienced 8-11 inches of rain within a few hours. Additional rain is expected in the coming days.
Parish drainage systems were at full capacity for the duration of the storm. Public Works crews placed high water signs at 38 locations in Western St. Tammany.