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46 tons of Mardi Gras beads found clogging New Orleans catch basins

In New Orleans, clean-up crews have found 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads in the catch basins on St. Charles Avenue between Poydras Street and Lee Circle. These festive plastic staples were clogging 15,000, or fully one-quarter, of the city's basins, which are used to drain and protect the city from flooding. As part of a $7 million contract, crews from Baton Rouge-based EnviroSystems used nearly two-dozen vacuum trucks to extract 7.
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