Publication Date August 10, 2017

Emergency declared in New Orleans as flood threat looms

United States
Rain clouds gather over the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board facility, where turbines that power pumps have failed, in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. Photo: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency in New Orleans on Thursday as the city’s malfunctioning water-pumping system and the threat of more rain left some neighborhoods at greater risk of flooding.

The city scrambled to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system, less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the city’s pumping system and inundated many neighborhoods.

Gov. John Bel Edwards described his emergency declaration as a precautionary measure. He and Mayor Mitch Landrieu tried to calm the jangled nerves of residents still angry about the city’s response to last weekend’s flooding.