The fallout from last weekend's New Orleans flash flood continued Thursday.
A state of emergency has been declared for Orleans Parish as drainage complications persist with the possibility of heavy rain Thursday and Friday.
Here's a rundown of the new information unveiled so far Thursday...
Fire damages turbine that powers pumps
Much of New Orleans is at high risk of flooding Thursday and Friday because a fire overnight damaged the power source that runs most of the city’s pumps, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said early Thursday.
The fire damaged one of five ancient turbines that power the Sewerage & Water Board’s system of pumps as well as the water treatment plant. Three of the turbines were already offline for repairs, Landrieu said, leaving the city with one working turbine.
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Much of New Orleans is at high risk of flooding during the next 24 to 48 hours because a fire overnight damaged the power source that runs most of the city’s pumps, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said early Thursday.
Emergency declaration in Orleans Parish
A declaration of emergency has been signed for the New Orleans area after a fire at a Sewerage and Water Board plant has hindered the area's ability to battle floods, said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards at a mid-day press conference.
The city's public and Catholic schools will also be closed Friday.
Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed a declaration of emergency for the New Orleans area…
Drama at Sewerage and Water Board grows
The number of pumps that were out of service in Saturday's flooding was 16, not 14 as previously reported, officials revealed at an emergency meeting of the Sewerage & Water Board Thursday morning.
The new details likely had little impact on the flooding, but officials expressed frustration at the constantly changing set of facts the public has been provided about the floods, which inundated much of Mid-City, Lakeview and other parts of town.
Landrieu revealed at the meeting that he had asked for the resignation of Cedric Grant, the S&WB's executive director, because of the misinformation transmitted to the public. Grant announced his resignation Tuesday. Landrieu also called publicly on Tuesday for the firing of Joe Becker, the S&WB's general superintendent, and Lisa Martin, the communications director.
Becker and Martin have both since submitted their resignations, Grant announced.
The number of pumps that were out of service in Saturday's flooding was 16, not 14 as previo…
Call for help from private sector by mayor
Landrieu's administration is looking to bring in a private company to temporarily run the Sewerage & Water Board in the aftermath of the growing scandal over the agency's handling of Saturday's floods.
Landrieu spokesman Tyronne Walker said the administration is attempting to arrange for a private company to come in "as a temporary arrangement, for a finite time frame to be determined to allow for the stabilization of the system."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is looking to bring in a private company to temporaril…
Heavy rain in the forecast
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, with heavy rain possible at times.
On Thursday, storms are likely to occur mainly after noon. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent, with rainfall amounts of a quarter to a half of an inch possible, according to the National Weather Service. Some of the rain could be heavy at times, according to WWL-TV meteorologists.
The potential for rain will continue into Friday, with showers and thunderstorms again likely in the afternoon, according to the Weather Service.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, with h…