Skip to comments.New Orleans flood, pumps debacle: Recap of new information released Thursday
Posted on 08/10/2017 10:42:46 AM PDT by abb
The fallout from last weekend's New Orleans flash flood continued Thursday.
A state of emergency has been declared for Orleans Parish as drainage complications persist with the possibility of heavy rain Thursday and Friday.
Here's a rundown of the new information unveiled so far Thursday...
Fire damages turbine that powers pumps
Much of New Orleans is at high risk of flooding Thursday and Friday because a fire overnight damaged the power source that runs most of the citys pumps, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said early Thursday.
The fire damaged one of five ancient turbines that power the Sewerage & Water Boards system of pumps as well as the water treatment plant. Three of the turbines were already offline for repairs, Landrieu said, leaving the city with one working turbine.
Much of New Orleans is at high risk of flooding during the next 24 to 48 hours because a fire overnight damaged the power source that runs most of the citys pumps, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said early Thursday.
Emergency declaration in Orleans Parish
A declaration of emergency has been signed for the New Orleans area after a fire at a Sewerage and Water Board plant has hindered the area's ability to battle floods, said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards at a mid-day press conference.
The city's public and Catholic schools will also be closed Friday.
Governor signs declaration of emergency for New Orleans area after flooding, turbine fire
A declaration of emergency has been signed for the New Orleans area after a fire at a Sewera Drama at Sewerage and Water Board grows
The number of pumps that were out of service in Saturday's flooding was 16, not 14 as previously reported, officials revealed at an emergency meeting of the Sewerage & Water Board Thursday morning.
The new details likely had little impact on the flooding, but officials expressed frustration at the constantly changing set of facts the public has been provided about the floods, which inundated much of Mid-City, Lakeview and other parts of town.
Landrieu revealed at the meeting that he had asked for the resignation of Cedric Grant, the S&WB's executive director, because of the misinformation transmitted to the public. Grant announced his resignation Tuesday. Landrieu also called publicly on Tuesday for the firing of Joe Becker, the S&WB's general superintendent, and Lisa Martin, the communications director.
Becker and Martin have both since submitted their resignations, Grant announced.
The number of pumps that were out of service in Saturday's flooding was 16, not 14 as previo Call for help from private sector by mayor
Landrieu's administration is looking to bring in a private company to temporarily run the Sewerage & Water Board in the aftermath of the growing scandal over the agency's handling of Saturday's floods.
Landrieu spokesman Tyronne Walker said the administration is attempting to arrange for a private company to come in "as a temporary arrangement, for a finite time frame to be determined to allow for the stabilization of the system."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is looking to bring in a private company to temporaril Heavy rain in the forecast
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, with heavy rain possible at times.
On Thursday, storms are likely to occur mainly after noon. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent, with rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half of an inch possible, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, according to WWL-TV meteorologists.
The potential for rain will continue into Friday, with showers and thunderstorms again likely in the afternoon, according to the Weather Service.
It’s the fault of Republican presidents that the city officials are incompetent.
How right you are. Just think of all of that extra weight that would be in New Orleans now, causing the city to sink even further ...
Congressman Hank fears NO might tip over
This very well could be Mitch Landrieu’s version of the 1979 Chicago Blizzard that cost Mayor Mike Bilandic his job.
Live updates: New Orleans seeks quick fix for its faulty drainage system
Gosh, the writer can’t put three paragraphs together without repeating two sentences from an earlier paragraph, but NEVER introduces the very basic “who, what, where, when, WHY “what happened happened” and never, ever addressed the “how” it happened” ...
I think landrieu is term limited.
You’re correct, but I think he wants to be Governor, or President, or something.
“Landrieu’s administration is looking to bring in a private company to temporarily run the Sewerage & Water Board in the aftermath of the growing scandal over the agency’s handling of Saturday’s floods.”
Let me re-word that: The corrupt and incompetent democrats running the S&W system screwed the pooch. Now, it’s time to bring in a private company that donates to the corrupt and incompetent democrats to take over temporarily. This will ensure not only that the problem gets solved, but that corrupt and incompetent democrats will have ample opportunity to skim dollars off of the deal.
PREDICTION: Trump will somehow be held personally accountable for this, Hurricane Katrina, Global Warming, New Coke and Colon Kaepernick not getting signed to a NFL team.
“...five ancient turbines that power the Sewerage & Water Boards system of pumps....”
I wonder how much a modern replacement turbine costs?
Aaaahhhhh....Democrats and fires.
“No. Really. We were OK until that fire. Sure, five of the six turbines were already broke and we don’t have the money to fix them because, well, I needed that money for my condo in Kauai, but that fire was awful. Vote Democrat!”
About the same amount of money spent on city overtime to remove the R. E. Lee and P. T. Beauregard statues.
I agree. You see that a lot on Drudge articles. Very aggravating.
Have any of these corrupt Democrats ever heard of ‘preventive maintenance’.
But more importantly: was there enough ‘diversity’ on the water board?
Nothing, and I mean NOTHING is more important than diversity in a democrat run town.
Flooding is a temporary problem.
looks like they have just lucked out
1.5 inches at the airport a few miles to the west in a little over an hour..but only light-mod rain over the city at this time...
Schedule maintenance for the rainy season.
Dem Plan. Dumb Plan.
...five ancient turbines that power the Sewerage & Water
Boards system of pumps....
An most on the unavailable list. Hell Hurricane season is
here an NO isn’t exactly high and dry.
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