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"Jefferson Parish will keep workers at pumps in future"

GRETNA -- Rather than send pump workers 100 miles north of the city when a hurricane threatens, Jefferson Parish will build 20 "safe houses" to ensure that pumps can be started quickly in case of floods, Parish President Aaron Broussard said.
When Hurricane Katrina struck, Broussard sent 236 pump workers to Washington Parish under the "Doomsday Plan" drawn up seven years ago, when Tim Coulon was parish president. Thousands of homes in Jefferson Parish flooded during the 12 hours it took for the workers to return.
"The 1998 Doomsday Plan is no more and will never again be used in Jefferson Parish," Broussard said Wednesday.

Previously: "New Orleans to re-examine its pump station policies", Jefferson Parish pump operators wanted to stay, and Broussard trying to fire head of E. Jeff Levee District