Tons of Mardi Gras beads go down the drains
Let the good times roll – just not into New Orleans’ storm drains.
That’s the plea from city officials.
Local news outlets reported that cleaning crews have sucked out more than 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads from catch basins along a five-block stretch of St. Charles Avenue downtown, a popular parade route.
Department of Public Works Interim Director Dani Galloway said Thursday that the four-month emergency program had cleaned 15,000 catch basins altogether as of Wednesday, removing roughly 7.2 million pounds of debris.
It’s part of a $22 million contract to tackle the city’s drainage system in response to heavy August flooding.
Galloway asked residents to step up and clear neighborhood catch basins, and said the city is looking at installing temporary “gutter buddies.”
College student emails every Claudia on campus after Tinder mishap
A Missouri State University student who feared he swiped a potential sweetheart out of his life with a dating app mishap has emailed every Claudia on campus to find her.
The freshman meant to swipe right on the woman’s Tinder profile – a sign that he wanted to meet her. Instead he swiped left, rejecting her.
All he knew was her first name and that she also was a Missouri State student. Over the weekend, he began emailing the 22 Claudias on campus, offering to take the one that got away out for doughnuts.
When freshman Claudia Alley got the email, she knew it was about her because it referenced a joke in her bio on the app. She told the Springfield News-Leader she has agreed to the doughnut date.