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Heroic Efforts Empty New Orleans of Floodwaters

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Heroic Efforts Empty New Orleans of Floodwaters

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Heroic Efforts Empty New Orleans of Floodwaters

Heroic Efforts Empty New Orleans of Floodwaters

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Pump operator Ricky Ray has remained at New Orleans Pumping Station Number Seven (seen in enlargement) almost since Hurricane Katrina struck. Anne Hawke, NPR hide caption

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Pump operator Ricky Ray has remained at New Orleans Pumping Station Number Seven (seen in enlargement) almost since Hurricane Katrina struck.

Anne Hawke, NPR

One of the untold success stories of Hurricane Katrina is how quickly New Orleans was able to pump out floodwaters. That work was done by the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. For three weeks, about 300 employees did the work of 1,000 — in the most harrowing of circumstances.