Louisiana flood waters down 6 feet

Sept. 14, 2005 at 9:16 AM

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it is pumping flood waters from the New Orleans area at the rate of about 9 billion gallons day.

Col. Duane Gapinski, in a release, said late Tuesday marks on buildings in the 17th Street Bridge area of southern Louisiana indicated the water level has dropped about 6 feet.

"We're still looking at completing the unwatering mission in a little over a month, but we can see the end of the road," Gapinski said. The release stated St. Bernard Parish should be "unwatered" within a week.

The Corps of Engineers said some 50 mobile pumps, some operated by teams from Germany and the Netherlands, were being used in removing flood waters in the region. The release said 27 of the 104 permanent pumps and 43 temporary pumps in the Orleans Basin region were working and some 9 billions gallons of flood waters were being removed.

Contractors were on schedule to repair a levee breach in the London Avenue area Wednesday, but were hampered by the return of an increasing number of residents.

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