Street flooded? Here’s how to check if your catch basin is clean, and how to DIY

Here's how to clean your catch basins ahead of potential flooding.

by Mary Staes
August 26, 2021

With the threat of significant tropical weather coming to New Orleans, we thought it would be helpful to share this article about cleaning your catch basins with our readers.

First, you can see if the city has cleaned the catch basins in your area. In an online map released earlier this year, the city released a new tracking platforms where residents can zoom in on their area and see if the catch basins have been cleaned by the Public Works Department. Click here to see the map and search for your address. 

So, what if the city hasn’t gotten to you, or your catch basin is dirty again? Well, grab a shovel and a bucket, we’re going to be here a while.

Here’s how the city of New Orleans suggests residents clean their catch basins:

What you’ll need: gloves, a rake, shovel or broom and a waste container.

  1. Clear any debris in front of, and within about 10 feet of the basin opening using the rake, shovel, or broom.
  2. Be sure to remove any waste that may be stuck in the grates, especially the bottom ones.
  3. Be careful of sharp objects and always watch for traffic.
  4. Let city crews handle garbage or any debris inside the catch basin. Do not attempt to lift the lid, clear surface debris only.

So now that you’ve cleared out the front, your street is STILL FLOODING. 🚣Time to report it to the city.

How to report a clogged catch basin in New Orleans

You can call 311 to report a clogged catch basin to the Department of Public Works, but be sure to know the nearest street when you call. You can also click here to report it to the Sewerage and Water Board.

Stay dry friends!

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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