New Orleans mayor says ‘no reason to panic’ yet

Some other pumps in that area – and almost all pumps elsewhere in the city – run on power supplied by the local commercial provider, Entergy.

Already, 500 people were rescued overnight Monday amid flooding in and around Lake Charles, in western Louisiana, the governor said. Gov. John Bel Edwards made the request on Sunday evening in advance of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey. “We’ve got the right equipment”.

The latest forecast track for Harvey. “So we are trying to focus on preparing for and responding to the storm here in Louisiana, but also trying to help our neighbor in Texas”.

At a Thursday news conference in New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents to keep storm drains clean and watch local media for updates on Harvey, which reached hurricane strength at midday.

The mayor stated that all Orleans Parish schools will be open on Monday and will be operating on normal schedules.

At this point, Edwards says he is concerned – but not panicked – about the situation in New Orleans, citing the city’s increased pumping and power generator capacity since early August floods. “We’ll only see minor flooding”.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I recommend that everyone stay home tomorrow”, Landrieu said.

Earlier this month, substantial rainfall caused the Lakeview and Mid-City neighborhoods to flood, soaking some areas in knee-deep water because the city’s pump and drainage systems were not at full capacity.

Seven of those pumps were relatively small and located in newer sections of the city where flooding weeks ago was not a problem, according to the most recent records posted online Friday night by the city-owned Sewerage & Water Board.

The turbine was quickly fixed.

After remaining stationary over southeast Texas for the past several days, Harvey has backtracked over the Gulf of Mexico and has begun to re-strengthen. It could stall after landfall, and might move east.

President Trump has signed a federal emergency declaration for five parishes in the state of Louisiana.

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