Inspector general to monitor $22 million catch basin cleaning

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
September 14, 2017 - 8:44 am
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Amid the ongoing drainage crisis in New Orleans, the city's top watchdog is going to keep an eye on efforts to clean out drains and pipes.
 
"The New Orleans Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today that it will conduct a continuous monitoring program of contractor performance in inspection, repair, and clearance of catch basins," according to a news release.

The OIG's office says the purpose of the audit is to provide the an independent review of the $22 million project. 

"The audit will be conducted under Government Auditing Standards. The entire staff of the OIG will work on the project. Deficiencies, if any, will be reported immediately to city managers."

There have been repeated inquiries about drainage spending and if the inspector general would get involved.
 
"City leaders suggested that the OIG provide oversight of this costly but vital public safety priority," said Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux, "and our Office is uniquely qualified to do the work."

After street flooding in August, it was learned that catch basins and drain lines had not been systematically cleaned or inspected for years.  That came on top of the realization that many pumps and turbines to power the pumps were broken, leaving the city with diminished pumping capacity.

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