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New Orleans flood, pumps debacle: Recap of new information released Thursday
The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | Thursday, August 10, 2017 | Staff

Posted on 08/10/2017 10:42:46 AM PDT by abb

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To: Feckless

Any half-way qualified French Quarter or bayou voodoo priest or priestess, hoodoo witch or wizard, could have told Mitch Landrieu that bad things happen to those who desecrate memorials to the dead. It ain’t over yet.


21 posted on 08/10/2017 12:03:27 PM PDT by myerson
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To: abb

Useless govt oversight

NoLa can’t get its act together


22 posted on 08/10/2017 12:15:43 PM PDT by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: janetjanet998

Luck ain’t holding.

https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/new-orleans-la/weather-radar?play=1


23 posted on 08/10/2017 12:17:37 PM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: abb
$175k pension awaits New Orleans water board chief after flood
24 posted on 08/10/2017 12:18:06 PM PDT by mewzilla (Was Obama surveilling John Roberts? Might explain a lot.)
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KATRINA ALL OVER AGAIN? Mayor Landrieu was destroying Confederate statues, too busy to worry about New Orleans' decrepit pump system----N/O is below sea level and relies on a system of pumps to keep it dry. Landrieu's reward for his complete incompetence and hatred toward Southern Americans? He's being considered as a likely 2020 Presidential candidate for the Democrat party.

Figures---Landrieu is the poster boy for the Democrat agenda. And remember his sister, Mary, lost her Senate seat in a reelection b/c she blathered about her "stupid conservative constituency" and that she had to "talk down to them" ....b/c they didn't understand her "liberal brilliance" in DC.

25 posted on 08/10/2017 12:19:00 PM PDT by Liz (Four boxes to defend liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo; used in that order.)
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To: abb

They thought they “lucked out” in 2005, too.


26 posted on 08/10/2017 12:19:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: abb

NO gonna flood.

It is the will of landreiu.


27 posted on 08/10/2017 12:26:28 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: mewzilla

http://thehayride.com/2017/08/now-emergency-new-orleans-let-no-bid-contracts-begin/

It’s Now An Emergency In New Orleans, So Let The No-Bid Contracts Begin!

by Scott McKay
8/10/17

Now that Mitch Landrieu and his clownshow cronies have officially destroyed the pumping system in New Orleans by burning up the motor on the last functional power turbine left on the city’s East Bank of the Mississippi, leaving the Big Easy wide open to catastrophic flooding at the next major rain storm because there is no reliable power source for most of the city’s pumps, it’s time to push the panic button and declare an emergency.

Which Gov. John Bel Edwards has now done.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency Thursday (Aug. 10) as a precautionary measure, in the event that the state has to help with flooding in New Orleans over the next few days.

“If we get the heavier expected rainfall, time will be of the essence,” Edwards said at a press conference with Mayor Mitch Landrieu Thursday morning. “We are working well together. Obviously this is a serious situation, but it is not something to be panicked about.”

The emergency declaration is retroactive. It runs from Aug. 5 — when the first round of flooding started this past weekend — to Sept. 3. The governor can terminate the order early if he wants.

Edwards and the state government are providing 14 2-megawatt generators to the city that will stay in New Orleans for the remainder of hurricane season. The Louisiana National Guard could also assist with flood respond if that becomes necessary. Landrieu has also declared a state of emergency in New Orleans, which allows city government to circumvent some regulations to respond more quickly to a disaster.

That last bit is the important part – the main regulations which can be circumvented in the case of an emergency involve the requirement for the city to issue RFP’s and take bids. Instead, Landrieu – and Edwards, if he wants in on the deal – can let no-bid contracts to make repairs to the city’s pumping system.

One such contract might go to a French firm.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called Thursday (Aug. 10) for a private, third-party company to run the beleaguered Sewerage & Water Board, expressing anger and frustration at the’s agency’s mishandling of the Aug. 5 flood and its aftermath.

Board members immediately approved Landrieu’s request. The company will also conduct an internal investigation of what went wrong.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how extremely frustrated and angry I am at the inability of the Sewerage & Water Board to communicate clearly and to give accurate information to the public even under the most difficult circumstances so the people of New Orleans can do what they can to protect themselves,” Landrieu said.

S&WB officials said they didn’t know what company would be hired, although an obvious choice may be Veolia, a French conglomerate that is already managing the board’s wastewater treatment plants.

He’s cashiered most of the Sewerage and Water Board’s top executive staff, which essentially makes his choice to take over the city’s pump system impossible to challenge or question.

By the way, here’s an example of Veolia’s work product in dealing with municipal water systems…

FLINT, MI – An engineering firm targeted by the attorney general’s water crisis lawsuit claims city leaders told it to exclude work on lead and copper issues.

Veolia North America issued a statement Thursday, June 23, claiming city officials told them not to focus on issues that would eventually thrust the city into the national spotlight.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced Wednesday that his office filed a lawsuit in Genesee Circuit Court against Veolia and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, which were hired to conduct engineering studies on the city’s water system.

Veolia, in its Thursday statement, said the accusations are “baseless, entirely unfounded and appears to be intended to distract from the troubling and disturbing realities that have emerged as a result of this tragedy.”

“In fact, when Veolia raised potential lead and copper issues, city officials and representatives told us to exclude it from our scope of work because the city and the EPA were just beginning to conduct lead and copper testing,” the company’s statement said.

City spokeswoman Kristin Moore declined to address Veolia’s accusations, adding the city is eager to learn what is decided in court.

Schuette’s lawsuit accuses Veolia and LAN of professional negligence and public nuisance. Veolia is also accused of fraud.

Some of us would think bringing in the contractor fresh off the Flint water supply debacle might not be all that great an idea. But we don’t live in New Orleans – after all, one can almost taste the future, when pressure builds for a federal bailout of the New Orleans pump system after what the Democrat Party has done to it, just like that party demanded after they’d destroyed the water supply in Flint. Why not use the same contractor?

All’s fair in an emergency, after all.


28 posted on 08/10/2017 1:00:25 PM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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To: left that other site

Nice one.


29 posted on 08/10/2017 1:27:01 PM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: left that other site

Not personal, just curious.

Which other site did you leave?


30 posted on 08/10/2017 1:39:58 PM PDT by deport
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To: abb
You'd think that they'd have a wiring shunt available to hook up one of those big 18-wheeler sized mobile diesel generator rigs, huh? Silly me - of course they don't have alternate power source plans - it's New Orleans.

I'm surprised the city didn't put the bite on FedGov for new turbine-powered generators in 2006 or so.

31 posted on 08/10/2017 2:17:02 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Progressives are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: abb
Edwards and the state government are providing 14 2-megawatt generators to the city that will stay in New Orleans for the remainder of hurricane season.

I guess Edwards decided that he didn't want to come off looking as bad as Blanco did. Good call.

32 posted on 08/10/2017 2:23:04 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Progressives are the crab grass in the lawn of life.)
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To: deport

GOPUSA.

It was very establishment GOP, and not my style at all, I guess.


33 posted on 08/10/2017 2:54:10 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Charles Martel

As I recall the same five ancient turbines were to have been replaced after Katrina, and at least one severe flood before and one after.

However that would take away the mayor’s favorite whipping boy to scrounge for federal dollars.

They may never get replaced at this rate.


34 posted on 08/10/2017 2:55:03 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Dahoser

Merci Beaucoups!


35 posted on 08/10/2017 3:00:01 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

Thanks. I’ve never spent any time on it.
Have to look sometime


36 posted on 08/10/2017 4:27:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

They actually have some good contributing columnists...Thomas Sowell, VDH, and others but very establishment.


37 posted on 08/10/2017 4:29:56 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: abb

Less than the amount it cost to insure non-existent police officers (about 600 of 1500), way less than their base pay, less than the overtime paid to whoever was cashing the checks for non-existent police.

Way less than the $2 billion the U.S. Fed gov paid to the City of new Orleans to replace the pumps over the last 20 years.


38 posted on 08/10/2017 11:27:16 PM PDT by bIlluminati (Comey - Obstructing justice since 1995! Playing Comey Ping Pong.)
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To: abb

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_31744bf8-7e1d-11e7-a281-539456fe2e77.html

Mitch Landrieu says argument city prioritized Confederate monuments over drainage issues a ‘red herring’ | News

Advocate staff report
8/10/17

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu insisted City Hall’s priorities are in order during an interview with WWL-TV’s Katie Moore on Thursday afternoon, dismissing perception that the removal of the city’s Confederate-era monuments took away funds that could have been used to fix drainage issues amid recent flooding.

“The monuments issue is an emotional issue for everybody,” Landrieu said during the interview. “You could use that argument about everything we’ve done, and people are going to continue to use it. I think that’s a red herring.”

Landrieu reiterated most of the money for the removal of the monuments was raised privately and that a majority of the public funds spent during the removals was “a consequence of how people acted and for the security we had to provide to make sure people stayed safe.”

“I have spent very little time on the monuments personally, everyone else got apoplectic about it,”Landrieu said. “I spoke very forcefully to it, I think it was the right thing to do ... But it’s at the minimus amount in comparison to all the other things that we’re talking about ...”


39 posted on 08/11/2017 1:48:53 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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S&WB member resigns, blasts Mitch Landrieu for scapegoating employees for New Orleans infrastructure problems | News

JEFF ADELSON - jadelson@theadvocate.com
8/10/17

Two Sewerage & Water Board members resigned their seats on the board Thursday, with one criticizing Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration for what he described as scapegoating the agency’s leadership.

The fallout from last weekend’s New Orleans flash flood continued Thursday.

Scott Jacobs, who served as president pro tem of the board, said he resigned because he felt the agency’s employees had been forced to take the fall for major infrastructure issues City Hall had never been forced to grapple with.

“City Hall has known for years that drainage is inadequate,” Jacobs said. “I’m disappointed that instead of standing up and saying this is a problem, and now the’s time to deal with it, we’re going to shoot a civil servant an hour until this problem is resolved.”

The real problem, he said, is that no one has forced a conversation about the enormous investment needed to fully upgrade and modernize the system to deal with storms and rainwater. Those root issues, he said, are to blame for Saturday’s flooding and Thursday’s power issues as S&WB’s plant.

Jacobs said he had sympathy for both S&WB Executive Director Cedric Grant and General Superintendent Joe Becker. Both have been under fire since this weekend, when the S&WB assured citizens the system was working at full capacity. It was later revealed, in part by City Council members aggressively questioning Becker, that 16 pumps were not working at the time.

Becker, in particular, has been criticized for arguing that no one had been misled because the system was working to the capacity it had at the time.

“Joe Becker was a good engineer, he wasn’t a spokesman,” Jacobs said. “He was trying to describe to people that a ‘67 Chevy was running like a ‘67 Chevy.”

Landrieu said in an emailed statement he was surprised by Jacobs’ comments.

“There’s obviously a lot of passion, anger, and frustration stemming from these events,” Landrieu said. “My commitment to reforming SWB has been unwavering, and I stand by that record working with the board. No one can say with a straight face that we have not worked hard and successfully secured record amounts for infrastructure and spoken almost weekly about the need for more, often specifically for drainage. We also have worked since day one to rebuild the power plant. I have great respect for the volunteers that serve on these boards and will continue to work with the Board and this community to restore trust and credibility.”

Jacobs, who is married to businesswoman and charter school advocate Leslie Jacobs, said from a practical side, the fact that he planned to be out of town for significant portions of the next few months also played a role in his decision.

Jacobs said board member Kerri Kane also submitted her resignation. Kane could not immediately be reached for comment.

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/article_9ffd0896-7e11-11e7-a8be-93ae4da81760.html


40 posted on 08/11/2017 1:53:09 AM PDT by abb ("News reporting is too important to be left to the journalists." Walter Abbott (1950 -))
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