The saga of New Orleans' flood and pump station woes continued Friday, with both New Orleans and Jefferson Parish officials communicating with each other and the public concerning plans for potential storms and rainfall in the metro area over the weekend.
Here's a rundown of everything that happened Friday, as well as what to know heading into the weekend ...
New Orleans' damaged turbine is fixed, but risk of flooding remains
A key step in restoring the city's ability to protect residents from flooding was made Friday with Mayor Mitch Landrieu announcing a turbine at the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board's power plant damaged by an electrical fire Wednesday night has been repaired. The turbine is one of five that keeps New Orleans' drainage pumps running.
Despite the good news, Landrieu said the city remains "at risk if a major storm comes" because the city still only has two of its five turbines in working condition.
To aid the city's pumping system in the meantime, crews began installing more than two dozen emergency generators the city has obtained to serve as back-up in case power from Entergy or the turbines should falter.
A turbine damaged by a fire Wednesday night at the power plant that keeps New Orleans’ drain…
Jefferson Parish officials unhappy with lack of notice after Orleans pump system turbine catches fire
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said he found out about the fire that damaged a turbine at the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board's power plant the same way the public did -- through media alerts.
That fact left Yenni "frustrated and quite frankly angered" because a 2007 agreement Jefferson Parish has with Orleans Parish says he and other Jefferson Parish officials were supposed to be notified of any events that affected the operations of Pump Station 6 -- which is powered by the plant -- which drains not only part of western Orleans Parish but also 2,400 acres of Jefferson, mostly in Old Metairie and Old Jefferson.
Since the fire, Yenni said officials from both parishes have been communicating twice daily about any events affecting the station. He also said Jefferson Parish plans to help Orleans Parish in any way they possibly can if flooding occurs over the weekend.
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni said Friday he intends to revisit a 2007 agreement the…
Stephanie Grace: Mitch Landrieu's legacy is complicated by S&WB metldown
In her latest column, The New Orleans Advocate's Stephanie Grace explains why the S&WB's woes and lack of communication with city officials and residents alike couldn't come at a worst time for Mitch Landrieu.
"If the takeaway Landrieu hoped to impart to his constituents and the outside world was that New Orleans is on solid footing, well, this week's events have complicated things."
With less than a year left in his final term, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in the mid…
Thunderstorms still prevalent through the weekend
The New Orleans area is in for another rainy weekend with heavy rains remaining possible, according to the National Weather Service.
Numerous storms and showers are expected to take place Saturday, mainly after noon, with a chance of precipitation at 60 percent and rainfall possibly reaching between a quarter and half of an inch. Saturday night, precipitation chances fall to 30 percent with the greatest chance of showers and thunderstorms happening before midnight.
Sunday will look a lot like Saturday, with precipitation chances of 60 percent and showers and thunderstorms happening mostly after noon, while the evening's chance of precipitation drops to 20 percent.
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