NEW ORLEANS — With debris from last weekend’s flash flood still piled on sidewalks and their city under a state of emergency, New Orleans residents prepared Friday for more rain forecast to tax the city’s malfunctioning pump system.
The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the city’s pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods. The municipal pumping system is supposed to move water out of the low-lying city.
Annie Hutchins said she’s “traumatized” every time she sees clouds in the sky since a flood last Saturday. She had to walk through knee-high water to get to her house in the Treme neighborhood.
“It’s a little bit unnerving that we were told everything was working, and the next day the story was a little bit different, and then the next day the story was a lot different,” she said. “I’m the kind of person that trusts anyone until they prove otherwise. So, I don’t feel like I have a lot of reason to trust what I’m being told anymore.”
A broken control panel on a turbine had been fixed by Friday morning, but the system remained well below full power, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a morning news conference. The turbine powers some of the city’s pumps.
“We remain at risk until additional turbines are back up,” Landrieu said, adding that he hopes that will happen by the end of the month. Still, he said, “panic is not where we need to be right now.”
He said the latest turbine to go offline will be powered up over 24 hours. Meanwhile, Landrieu said, 26 generators have been ordered and will remain…
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