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SWBNO Provides Update Ahead of Tropical Storm Sally

For Immediate Release: Sunday, September 13 2020

All 99 drainage pumps now available for service

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) is ready for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Sally. Starting tomorrow at 7 a.m., we will activate our Emergency Operations Center.

All 99 drainage pumps are available for service. As of last night, the drainage pump at Drainage Pump Station 13 in Algiers is now back in service. Additionally, the drainage pump, located at a drainage pump station on Grant Street in New Orleans East, is now available for service as well.

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.

Turbines 1, 3, 4 and 6 are available for service, as well as all 5 Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) generators and all frequency changers.

One underpass pump at Press Drive is down. As a reminder, underpasses should be avoided during severe weather because they are prone to flooding.

We encourage residents to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @SWBNewOrleans for updates.

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