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SWBNO Provides Updates on Preparations for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 22 2020

NEW ORLEANS – The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans is continuing to make preparations ahead of Tropical Storms Laura and Marco.

Currently, 98 of 99 drainage pumps are operational and available for service. Pump E at DPS 4 is out of service but will be available tomorrow, ahead of severe weather. Turbines 1, 3, 4 and 6 are available for service, as well as all 5 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) generators and all 5 frequency changers.

One constant-duty pump is out-of-service, but these are smaller units used to regulate groundwater in canals and are not large enough to be critical during a flood fight.

It is also important to emphasize that our drainage system is old and can be vulnerable to storm-related challenges. Tropical systems can present unforeseen circumstances. Our staff is experienced and prepared to respond as these circumstances change and such challenges arise.

Residents should prepare for likely street flooding and pooling in low-lying areas. All underpasses should also be avoided because they are prone to flooding.

We encourage residents to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SWBNewOrleans for updates. You can also text “Laura” to 888777 for updates from the City of New Orleans.

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