Approaching tropical wave has New Orleans getting prepared

115 out of 120 pumps operational

September 01, 2018 - 4:42 pm

A tropical wave near Haiti could produce rain for the New Orleans area in the coming days.

We are closely monitoring the tropical wave that is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico, and I am in constant contact with all of our City agencies to ensure that they have the resources they need, and assets in place, should this system pose a threat to our city," said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. "I urge all of our residents to monitor the weather forecasts and have a plan in place for such an event."

"It won't be until the middle part of next week that we may see this system start to effect us," said Channel 4 Chief Meteorologist Carl Arredondo, who said the forecast models do not develop the wave into a tropical depression or storm. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 50 percent chance at development over the next five days.

The wave is moving relatively swiftly and should be leaving the region by Thursday.

City officials say the Sewerage and Water Board has been meeting regularly to prepare for this event.

"The drainage system has 115 out of 120 pumps available, and the agency can produce more than 70 megawatts (MW) of 25 Hz power – more than what is needed to run the entire drainage system," according to a statement from New Orleans City Hall.

Mayor Cantrell's office is also taking the opportunity to remind residents that we are entering the peak of the hurricane season, so now would be a good time to review hurricane plans, and prepare for heavy rain by making sure gutters and catch basins are clear of leaves and other debris. Residents can call 311 to report catch basins in need of service.

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