Pumping Water

I posted this to my twitter account (@darylritchison), but I thought I would post it here quickly as well.  But New Orleans, LA has the ability to pump nearly 50,000 cfs of water out of the city.  Last I heard they were near 70% capacity today.  How much water is that?  In Fargo Moorhead during the 2009 flood, that was a close call for the city, the Red River peaked at 29,500 cfs locally.  So in other words, the pumps in New Orleans could have literally pumped the Red River dry with capacity left over.  Technology is a remarkable thing… when it works.