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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Emergency Information

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Sewerage & Water Board Stormwater Pumping Capacity

On Wednesday, Aug. 9, the Sewerage & Water Board lost service to one of its power turbines, which provides power to a majority of the City’s pumping stations serving the East Bank of New Orleans. The turbine is running after being successfully repaired and gradually brought back online. If all of the power from Entergy continues, the City will be able to handle typical rainfall. However, the East Bank of New Orleans west of the Industrial Canal (see map) remains at risk in the event of a major rain storm until additional turbines are brought back online.

Map of impact area

Latest Alerts & Updates

Updated August 16, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Heat Advisory Issued for New Orleans

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for tomorrow, Thursday, August 17, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees in New Orleans, and these hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken.

Individuals seeking shelter during the daytime may visit the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) at 1530 Gravier St. or the Ozanam Inn at 843 Camp St.

Additionally, people needing shelter overnight will be accepted at the following locations under the following conditions:

  • The Salvation Army at 4530 South Claiborne Ave. will accept males and females beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Ozanam Inn at 843 Camp St. will accept males only beginning at 4 p.m.
  • Covenant House at 611 North Rampart St. will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.
  • New Orleans Mission at 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. will only accept male or female adults beginning at 4 p.m.

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat:

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
  • If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun.
  • Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Consider drinking an electrolyte sports drink, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated.

Click here for more information about heat-related illnesses and tips on staying cool.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70 degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly, to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency. Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

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Updated August 15, 2017 at 8:24 PM

City Provides Update on SWB Power Generation and Drainage Systems

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials provided an update on the status of the Sewerage and Water Board’s power generation and drainage systems in New Orleans. The turbine damaged on the evening of August 9, Turbine #1, has been repaired and is operational. To provide additional capacity and redundancy, 26 generators were ordered and have arrived in New Orleans. The City will update residents on generator installations, and pump and turbine repairs as information becomes available.

 

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Updated August 15, 2017 at 3:45 PM

City Releases RFP, Third-party Analysis of Flood Events, SWB Turbine Failure

The City is seeking a firm to deliver a report that details in narrative, diagrams and data the causes of the flood events and turbine failure. It should be completed with input and analysis from subject matter experts and interviews with staff and contractors in order to determine the underlying causes.

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Updated August 15, 2017 at 7:41 AM

Contractors Working Around the Clock on Repairs at G. J. Sullivan Drainage Pumping Station #6

Under the Mayor’s emergency declaration, contractors will be working around-the-clock to repair pumps currently out of service at G. J. Sullivan Drainage Pumping Station #6 (345 Orpheum Drive.)  As a result of this emergency work, the drainage pumping stations’ ventilation system and exhaust fans must run 24 hours a day. Residents are advised to be patient and should expect to hear the fans operating until further notice. Residents with questions should call the Sewerage and Water Board at 52-WATER (529-2837).

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Updated August 14, 2017 at 11:50 PM

City Provides Update on SWB Power Generation and Drainage Systems

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials provided an update on the status of the Sewerage and Water Board’s power generation and drainage systems in New Orleans. The turbine damaged on Wednesday night, Turbine #1, is running after being repaired and gradually brought back online. The City will update residents on generator deliveries and installations as information becomes available.

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Updated August 14, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Mayor Landrieu Provides Additional Sewerage and Water Board Update

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials provided an update on the status of the Sewerage and Water Board’s power generation and drainage systems in New Orleans. The turbine damaged on Wednesday night, Turbine #1, is running after being successfully repaired and gradually brought back online. The City will update residents on generator deliveries and installations as information becomes available.

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Updated August 13, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Mayor Landrieu Provides Additional Sewerage and Water Board Update

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials provided an update on the status of the Sewerage and Water Board’s drainage system in New Orleans. The turbine damaged on Wednesday night, Turbine #1, is running after being successfully repaired and gradually brought back online. The City will update residents on generator deliveries as information becomes available.

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Updated August 13, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Mayor Landrieu Provides Additional Sewerage and Water Board Updates

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Updated August 12, 2017 at 2:16 PM

Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District Announce School Will Resume Monday

The Orleans Parish Schools (OPSB) and Recovery School District (RSD) have announced that school campuses will be open starting Monday, August 14. In light of the city’s announcement that the Sewerage and Water Board (SWB) power turbine that was taken out of commission due to a fire has been fixed, school programs may resume as previously scheduled at all Orleans Parish school sites.

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Updated August 12, 2017 at 1:32 PM

UPDATE: Mayor Landrieu Provides Additional Sewerage and Water Board Update

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials announced that the turbine damaged on Wednesday night, Turbine #1, is running after being successfully repaired and gradually brought back online. Eighteen of 26 generators ordered for additional capacity and redundancy have arrived and are being connected. This is expected to be complete on Monday. Eight final generators or in route from Miami and will be delivered on Sunday. This redundancy will remain throughout Hurricane Season. The City will update residents on generator deliveries as information becomes available. 

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Updated August 12, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Mayor Landrieu to Provide Additional Sewerage and Water Board Updates

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Updated August 11, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Mayor Landrieu Provides Additional Sewerage and Water Board Update

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials announced that Turbine #1 has been successfully repaired, is being monitored and being gradually brought back online throughout the day. Twenty-six generators have been ordered for additional capacity and redundancy and six arrived last night. We expect 12 additional generators to arrive today. The remaining eight generators are on their way and expected to arrive tomorrow.  This redundancy will remain throughout Hurricane Season.

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Updated August 10, 2017 at 10:25 PM

Mayor, City Officials Announce Testing of Damaged Sewerage & Water Board Turbine to Bring Online

Tonight, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials announced that the Sewerage and Water Board has begun testing the turbine damaged in last night’s incident to determine if it’s ready to be brought fully online.

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Updated August 10, 2017 at 7:19 PM

Mayor, Governor and City Officials Update on Diminished Storm Water Pumping Capacity

Last night, the Sewerage & Water Board lost service to one of its power turbines, which provides power to a majority of the City’s pumping stations serving the East Bank of New Orleans. As a result, the system’s capacity to drain storm water from the streets is diminished further for the East Bank of New Orleans, west of the Industrial Canal. Pumping stations in Algiers, New Orleans East and Lower Ninth Ward have diesel generators and therefore will not be impacted in this event. 

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Updated August 10, 2017 at 5:45 AM

MEDIA ADVISORY: Mayor Landrieu to Provide Sewerage and Water Board Update

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu will provide updates on Sewerage & Water Board’s diminished pumping capacities and next steps for residents in preparation for rainfall.

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Updated August 10, 2017 at 3:18 AM

Mayor's 3:00AM Press Conference on S&WB Storm Water Pumping Capacity

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Updated August 10, 2017 at 1:59 AM

Storm Water Pumping Capacity Further Diminished in East Bank of New Orleans West of Industrial Canal

NEW ORLEANS—Last night, the Sewerage & Water Board lost service to one of its power turbines, which provides power to a majority of the City’s pumping stations serving the East Bank of New Orleans. As a result, the system’s capacity to drain storm water from the streets is diminished further for the East Bank of New Orleans, west of the Industrial Canal. This does not affect New Orleans East, Lower Ninth Ward and Algiers.

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