New Orleans restaurateurs struggle to stay afloat

Floods cut into operating hours, dent bottom line

A sign outside Union Ramen on Magazine Street/ Provided
A sign outside Union Ramen on Magazine Street/ Provided
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In early April, a thunderstorm dumped eight inches of rain in the New Orleans area, damaging homes, flooding highways, and drowning cars. Pumps weren’t able to keep up with the deluge, and the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans had to ration power to its pumping stations.

Across the city, restaurants faced the consequences.

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