NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on flooding in New Orleans (all times local):
As New Orleans waits for more thunderstorms and tries to fix a crippled municipal pumping system, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a power turbine control panel that caught fire is back up and running. The turbine powers some of the city's pumps.
In a Friday news conference, Landrieu also said more generators are being brought in as a precaution to ensure the pumps keep running. He says they'll remain through hurricane season.
He acknowledged the system's capacity is still "diminished," but urged residents not to panic.
The city flooded Saturday after a deluge. City officials initially insisted the pumps that move water out of the low-lying city were operating properly, but later acknowledged there were problems.
Landrieu also said people would be able to get sandbags if they want to take the extra precaution of sandbagging their homes.
Forecasters say the threat of thunderstorms over New Orleans will continue Friday as residents worry about neighborhoods left vulnerable to flooding because of a damaged water pumping system.
Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency in New Orleans as workers scramble to repair fire-damaged equipment at a power plant and shore up its drainage system. The crisis comes less than a week after a flash flood from torrential rain overwhelmed the pumping system, inundating many neighborhoods.
The National Weather Service says the chance for rain in the area Friday is 60 percent, and that numerous showers and thunderstorms are possible.
Forecasters say storms would fire up primarily during the late morning and afternoon hours on Friday, with a chance that heavy rainfall could lead to some flooding.
Schools closed for the week, and the mayor of New Orleans urged residents to park their cars on high ground. It's a familiar routine for the city during hurricane season, but this time the threat wasn't churning in the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
The city hadn't finished cleaning up from last weekend's flooding before it faced the possibility of more.
This story has been corrected to show that what caught fire wasn't a pumping station but a power turbine control panel.