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.
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.
According to slides shown at the meeting, six major drainage pumps were down in the affected area, including one in Broadmoor, four in Lakeview and one near City Park. That squares with information previously provided. But three major pumps were out of service elsewhere, whereas the public had previously been told the number was two.
Likewise, seven small "constant duty" pumps were out of service, not six as officials had earlier stated.
Originally, S&WB officials said the system was working at full capacity.
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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 this morning.
The news came just hours after Mayor Mitch Landrieu dropped a fresh bombshell -- that a fire had damaged one of the five turbines that power the city's drainage system, leaving only one working.
Three of the additional turbines had already been down for repairs, a revelation that was detailed by Becker to an incredulous City Council on Tuesday
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