Logs: Pumps were not turned on for hours or couldn't get power

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 11, 2017 - 9:01 pm

Pump logs released Friday show a series of failures and problems during Saturday's flood event.

WWL TV found that some pumps were off for hours as floodwaters rose, and power failures prevented pumping in other instances.

The logs showed a request to turn on a pumping station in Lakeview did not come until four hours after the flooding. 

It was at the same time that officials held a news conference saying the pumping system was all working. 

The TV station also reported that logs show that half of the major pumps in stations 2, 3 and 7 in Treme, the 7th Ward and City Park and Lakeview were off for hours-long stretches on Saturday and paint a picture of a system struggling not just to keep up with the amount of rain but to simply operate.

The logs also show a number of other pumps and stations that did not or could now get power for a variety of issues

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