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New Orleans mayor says more generators on way

13 August 2017, 08:53 | Erica Roy

New Orleans mayor says more generators on way

The turbines that powered pumps at the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board facility have failed leaving some areas of the city at risk of flooding

The mayor said that system has never been 100% operational, and that has been a source of frustration to him.

Moreover, it could take as long as two weeks to "stabilize" the crippled system with emergency generators and other fixes, Landrieu said, making large swaths of the city even "more vulnerable" than usual to a heavy rain, tropical storm or hurricane.

A power-providing turbine damaged by fire last Wednesday is back up and running, and the power supply today is where it was before August 5th.

The city's ability to pump water has been diminished once more after a Sewerage and Water Board power generator caught fire Wednesday night. "But in my mind, and I think in the minds of the people, it's not enough, because we need more back-up power".

"I don't have a lot of confidence in the information that I received from the Sewerage and Water Board", said Landrieu.

Now third party experts are working on creating a "good and trustworthy" flow of information. Local declarations are the first step toward getting a federal emergency declaration, which, according to a press release from the City of New Orleans, would allow the feds to assist local efforts - should that be necessary.

A total of 103 out of the city's 120 pumps are now operational, the mayor said.

The National Weather Service predicts rain in the area today, causing city officials to send out multiple emergency warnings overnight.


"As we do the after-action report", he says, "we will look at how much money will be needed to fix the whole drainage system". A dozen more generators are expected to arrive on Saturday and will remain "throughout Hurricane Season". The other eight generators will be delivered Sunday.

And McBride says a review of operator logs, shows, that pumps at station 12, which services Lakeview, didn't go on until almost 9 p.m. last Saturday, seven hours after the rain began falling. To assuage the problem short-term, the new contractors hired to make repairs will also provide temporary pump operators.

"We need prisoners from Orleans Parish Prison over to remove the debris", said mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock.

The mayor conceded that not all of the pumping stations were manned at the time of last week's flooding event.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu insisted City Hall's priorities are in order during an inte...

"I didn't need to read the logs to know this part of the city wasn't draining", said Michelle Douglas with the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association.

"For everything we do, there's always a cost, there's always a sacrifice and somebody always has to pay", Landrieu said. "I own it. I accept it".



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