Live updates: New Orleans seeks quick fix for depleted drainage system

10:14 a.m.: Below, you can see a map of where the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board requires repairs as of Tuesday and which pumps were out of service during the Aug. 5 flooding. During Tuesday’s meeting, Landrieu asked for and received an emergency procurement to make the repairs at the pumps noted on this map.

Not noted here are the three drainage pumps in Algiers (1) and New Orleans East (2) and the four constant duty pumps in the Lower Ninth Ward (2) and New Orleans East (2) that were also out of duty on Aug. 5 because their precise locations were not immediately available.

Source: New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board

9:34 a.m. Mayor Landrieu has called for an emergency procurement to repair the drainage system and to inject redundancy into it so that when some pumps go down, others are in place to pick up the slack.

The next press conference will be at 11:30 a.m., Landrieu said.

There is no need for an executive session because Becker and Martin agreed to resign. The meeting is over.

9:31 a.m. Councilman Jason Williams: “A lot of us did not get quality information. In fact we got bad information. And the public trust is broken no matter how much rain fell.”

9:29 a.m. Board member Marion Bracy went off on the S&WB staff for leaving board members in the dark during and after Saturday’s storm.

“We were really left out there as board members with no official information from anyone at Sewerage and Water Board,” he said. “We have to answer to our neighbors, and to not have any information was extremely painful to repeat what we heard on the news.”

9:22 a.m. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said that New Orleans drainage system has enough power from Entergy to work adequately. But if that goes down, he said he can’t say for sure what will happen. He added that “an army” of people are trying to fix a turbine in the Carrollton Power Plant and are supposed have it back online today, but he also said he was skeptical that would happen.

9:20 a.m. Landrieu…

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