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New Orleans sitting duck as pumps fail and flooding rains move in

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Landrieu spokesman Tyronne Walker said the administration is attempting to arrange for a private company to come in "as a temporary arrangement, for a finite time frame to be determined to allow for the stabilization of the system".

Mayor Landrieu will hold a 6 a.m. press conference that will be streamed live on WGNO.com and on our Facebook page.

As much as 10 inches of rain fell in just four hours and cut off several areas of the city, with widespread flooding across New Orleans. "We will be able to handle a typical rainfall".

The only parts of Orleans Parish not affected by the diminished pumping capacity are Algiers, the Lower Ninth Ward, and New Orleans East. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are due to push in Thursday night, with "numerous" showers and thunderstorms and a 60% chance of rain on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The Office of the Mayor had no further details on the fire.

After touring flooded areas with Governor Edwards yesterday, Mayor Landrieu asserted that he would require an "after action" assessment of how his administration, and the S&WBD in particular, handled the crisis caused by Saturday's flooding. The mayor's office called it a 10-year event and one of the highest recorded rainfalls in recent history.

Initially, Sewer and Water Board Superintendent Joe Becker told CBS News the city's pumps were working at full capacity, but he was later forced to retract that statement.

The city of New Orleans is looking for outside companies to both run the Sewerage and Water Board on an interim basis and to do a look back at the issues the agency had with the running of the pumps and the disseminated information over the weekend.

"The event that we had last week actually poured more water on the city than Hurricane Katrina".

Fourteen of the city's 121 pumps were down on Saturday, and on Tuesday, Cedric Grant, the city's sewerage and water board, announced his retirement amid mounting criticism. But if that goes down, he is unsure what will happen next, per The Times-Picayune.

Landrieu had already accepted the resignation of Colonel Mark Jernigan, who headed up the Department of Public Works. "As though it couldn't get worse, it did", Landrieu said. "We now find ourselves in a vulnerable position".

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