Matt McBride: the pump station master

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Left Photo: Monticello drainage canal takes waste water from Metairie and drains it through Orleans parish, near Carrollton. On the Jefferson Parish side, they are reinforcing and building higher leveee walls all along their section of the canal. The Orleans Parish end remains vulnerable. Right Photo: FEMA waterfront property.

We’re in the middle of a long rain event right now and we’re seeing more than the usual localized flooding which we are all accustomed too. Usually we have to be strategic, adjusting our driving routes from A to B to avoid areas known for heavy flooding, anything not to get stuck in a situation where the water can cause your car’s engine to stall. Since the first heavy rains of summer, I noticed the back o’town areas along Louisiana have suffered worse flooding than prior to The Flood. Today people attempting to exit the post office had no other option than to turn around due to the small lake located at the exit. Friends in the Carrollton areas reported flooding where they had never seen flooding before. Even Claiborne had a lot of water. Some lucky folks opted to work from home today.

For Matt McBride, monitoring the condition and maintenance of our pumping stations and addressing issues relating to the canals and their impact on the neighborhoods they flow through, has become a great service he provides that largely goes unnoticed by the general population. We all agree that no amount of money for rebuilding is worth the wire transfer fee if we don’t fix our levees, floodwalls and pumping system.

Matt began by inspecting the pumps and making reports and started a blog called Fix The Pumps. Matt began gathering information and contacting officials in charge to be sure that all the promised repairs and vital upgrades were made after The Flood. He even has a insider who assists him who is aslo dedicated to seeing the repairs done properly. Matt refers to him as Deep Flood. There is a nice general update entry for new readers on Dec. 13, 2006.

If there is one citizen who’s niche activism is making the biggest impact on our recovery, it would be Matt. I watched the new roofs installed on Pump Station No. 3 recently. Thanks, Matt !

And thanks to Karen for taking these photos today!

3 Comments so far

  1. Paul p (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

    I know an architect who worked with the guys who built the giant pumping station at the I-10/6-10 split by the cemeteries. While they were building them, they said they knew they wouldn’t work because they were built too low. That is why the dip under the tracks still fills up to this day even after a multi-million dollar pumping facility was built right next to it.

  2. Matt (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 3:32 pm


    Thanks for the kind words.

  3. roux (unregistered) on December 26th, 2006 @ 8:17 am

    We were down in NOLA on Saturday. I noticed they are still working on those stupid walls/fences along the I-10. You just have to love gov’t priorities.

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