By LOUISE MILLERA and JOHN WOODSTOCKAJONES, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) In the years after World War II, New Orleans flooded as many as 12 times a day.
When it started raining, it would be a month before the city had to wait a month for a water main to open.
The storm that devastated New Orleans in 2005 was the worst in U.S. history, and a harbinger of the flooding we face now, the city’s mayor said Thursday.
The floods of 2010 were the worst of any year since records began in the 1940s.
They killed more than 200 people.
More:Hurricane Matthew brought the heaviest rain in a century.
More: The storm’s aftermath was devastating.
Hurricane Isaac hit New York on Friday and has already claimed a dozen lives.
Isaac brought devastating flooding to southern New England, where residents were forced to evacuate their homes and businesses and were warned to avoid drinking, bathing or eating.
Isaac caused millions of dollars in damage.
More than $6 billion has been spent to clean up the damage.