Mayor: Pumps will work as long as Entergy power is on

Warns that after fire, backup power is diminished to run pumps

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 10, 2017 - 7:46 am

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today clarified the threat to the city's pumping capacity after an overnight fire in a power producing turbine.

"If all of the power from Entergy continues... we will be able to handle a typical rainfall," Mitch Landrieu announced.

The problem, he explains is if the power from the energy company fails, because the city only has one backup turbine left.

"I'm sending out this message loudly and clearly out of an abundance of caution," Landrieu said at a news conference.

He says three other turbines are already out of service for repairs and won't be back on line until later this month.

"I want to be clear about the potential risk," he explained in announcing just one remaining, working backup turbine. "We are running on our last backup power source at the moment."

The mayor stressed the diesel backup generators are in place in Algiers, the Lower 9th Ward and New Orleans East; so those areas are not impacted.

Landrieu urged residents to be prepared in the event there is heavy rainfall, because if Entergy power fails, the city will not be able to pump to full capacity to clear flood waters from the streets.

"I am urging residents in the affected area to move their vehicles to higher ground, take necessary actions to protect personal property and stay off the roadways during rainstorms."

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