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Governor declares State of Emergency for Orleans over flooding and pump concerns
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August 10, 2017 -

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards joined New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today to discuss the possibility of more flooding in the city, as a turbine caught fire overnight forcing a pumping station to move to last resort power.

Landrieu says this outage has the potential to compromise the capacity of drainage on the East Bank of New Orleans.

"We are currently running on our last backup power source," said Landrieu. "The updates have been out of an abundance of caution, due to our potential rainfall forecasted by the National Weather Service."

Landrieu says that crews are on site now working to repair the downed turbine, and securing backup power to the pumping stations. He added that if all of the power from Entergy continues, the city will be able to handle a typical rainfall situation.

Governor Edwards said he signed a declaration of emergency for Orleans Parish.

"Because if we get a heavier than expected rainfall, time will be of the essence and we want to make sure we can move as quickly as possible," said Edwards.

All Orleans Parish schools are closed today due to the flood risk, and people in the affected areas are being asked to park their cars on the neutral ground.

Ladrieu said the city will be vulnerable over the next 24 to 48 hours, as four out of five turbines are out of service.

Edwards stressed that while this is a serious situation, there is no need to panic.

"We're going to do everything that we can to lean forward and be as responsible as we can be without undue problems."


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