Landrieu: New Orleans drainage system never fully operational; city 'vulnerable' for next two weeks

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Sunday morning that based on the logs, it has become clear that the city’s

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said on Sunday morning that based on the logs, it has become clear that the city’s drainage system “has never been 100 percent operational,” a situation he called “very frustrating.”

At a news conference on Sunday morning, Landrieu said the city has brought in additional manpower and equipment “to fix what’s broken,” as well as contractors and technical experts.

The power supply is now where it was before the flooding that occurred on Aug. 5, but “with the knowledge we have now, it is not enough,” Landrieu said.

“We have what we need in the event of a typical rainfall, but we do not have what we need in the event of a deluge,” he said.

Landrieu said that 22 emergency generators have arrived and four more should arrive today. But until all the generators are set up or the other turbines are online, which could take several weeks, New Orleans remains “at risk,” Landrieu said.

“We are as ready as we can be for hurricane season, but for the next 14 days, we are more vulnerable,” Landrieu said.

The 26 emergency generators will cost about $7 million, Landrieu said.

More details to come.

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