Mardi Gras in the Sewers
City workers found 93,000 pounds – 46 tons -- of Mardi Gras beads in the storm drains of New Orleans, according to The New Orleans Advocate.
The storm drains got a thorough cleaning over the past few months as part of the 120-day cleanup effort, part of the Emergency Catch Basin Cleaning and Repair Program. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration proposed the $22 million dollar project after heavy flooding caused chaos in neighborhoods across the city in August.
The flooding exposed problems with the Sewerage & Water Board’s drainage system as well as the clogged catch basins and drains.
The beads were all found in the St. Charles thoroughfare between Poydras Street and Lee Circle.
The project began on September 26 with the goal of cleaning 15,000 catch basins. Department of Public Works Director Dani Galloway said they hit that mark on Wednesday.
The three-month project yielded 7.2 million pounds of debris in city drains.
Galloway said, “Once you hear a number like that, you never go back - so we have to do better.”
According to CNN, typical attendance for Mardi Gras in New Orleans is about 1.4 million people.
Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans kicks off Friday, February 2.