Forecasters say the threat of thunderstorms over New Orleans will continue Friday as residents worry about neighborhoods left vulnerable to flooding because of a damaged water pumping system.
The fire broke out around 8 p.m. on August 9 at a pumping station on Claiborne Avenue, crippling a power turbine that provides power to a majority of the city's pumping stations on the East Bank.
The drainage system is connected to five power turbines, but three are out of service undergoing long-term repairs, leaving only one functioning after Wednesday's fire, according to the Times-Picayune newspaper.
"Changes need to be made at the state level to create a New Orleans Sewerage and Water Department within city government so we can have accountability", said Cantrell. In addition there is the issue of getting the water to the pumping station as numerous city's catch basins need to be thoroughly cleaned out.
The mayor said additional 3rd party technical expertise has been brought in to assess the situation.
"I do not intend to privatize sewerage and water board, and I don't intend to sign any long term contracts to bind the next administration", said Landrieu.
Now third party experts are working on creating a "good and trustworthy" flow of information. The redundancy will remain through 2017's hurricane season, according to the city.
A total of 103 out of the city's 120 pumps are now operational, the mayor said.
"As we do the after-action report", he says, "we will look at how much money will be needed to fix the whole drainage system".
To better power the pumps in the interim, 22 emergency generators have arrived and four more should arrive from Miami by the end of today.
And McBride says a review of operator logs, shows, that pumps at station 12, which services Lakeview, didn't go on until almost 9 p.m. last Saturday, seven hours after the rain began falling.
"We need prisoners from Orleans Parish Prison over to remove the debris", said mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock.
That same night, Cedric Grant, the executive director of the Sewerage and Water Board assured everyone that the pumps were working to full capacity and he dismissed claims from the public that a key pumping station in Lakeview wasn't working.
This fall, New Orleans votes for a new mayor, and candidates are weighing in. "So let me be clear: the buck ultimately stops with me".
The mayor conceded that not all of the pumping stations were manned at the time of last week's flooding event.
"For everything we do, there's always a cost, there's always a sacrifice and somebody always has to pay", Landrieu said. "I own it, I accept it and I am taking responsibility to fix it".