Pavement in new orleans is everywhere, especially in the suburbs. those areas — some of the lowest-lying in the city — are where water is meant to drain from the higher elevation areas, such as the french quarter. but the excess of pavement covering such neighborhoods has transformed permeable land into impenetrable surface. as a result, water that should flow to the suburbs at a pace slow enough for the city’s drains and pumps to manage it is moving too quickly. and there’s just too much of it. read the story on @nationswell about what group is looking at fixing that. link in bio.