Landrieu wants private company to run S&WB temporarily

Landrieu wants private company to run S&WB temporarily

Landrieu wants private company to run S&WB temporarily

An overnight fire damaged the power to the city's pumping system, leading to an increased risk of flooding across the Eastbank of New Orleans as more thunderstorms approach the city Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Dwayne Boudreaux Jr., the owner of Circle Food Store, dumps out dirty water Monday that was vacuumed up from the store after weekend flooding in New Orleans.This image is for use with this specific article only.

Mayor Landrieu will hold a 6 a.m. press conference that will be streamed live on WGNO.com and on our Facebook page. Officials believe that the heavy rainfall contributed to the flooding, causing pumps to run backward, one pump catch on fire and power outages to several pumps.

Without the power of the turbine, the Board says its drain storm capacity has diminished for the East Bank of New Orleans. All areas west of the Industrial Canal in Orleans Parish should be on high alert.

Orleans Parish Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr., announced that all schools in the parish will be closed out of precaution.

The outage affects drainage pumps for east bank areas located west of the Industrial Canal - which include Mid-City, the 7th Ward, Lakeview and other areas that flooded during heavy rain August 5.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the private company running the board on an interim basis is necessary amid the firings and resignations atop the agency.

Residents also are advised to stay off the roads unless "an emergency makes it absolutely necessary to do so", the mayor's office warned in a statement.

Three other drainage pumps, one in Algiers and two in New Orleans East, were out. It could, and will, happen in other parts of the Southeast as well - but they may be better prepared to handle it than a city below sea level with a crippled pump system.

The National Weather Service of New Orleans forecasts a.25 to.50 inches of rain will fall today. Officials have acknowledged that six of the city's most powerful pumps were not in service in hard-hit areas, though some city leaders first said the drainage system was "operating at its maximum capabilities".

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