Three officials out at S&WB, DPW after New Orleans flooding

 

NEW ORLEANS —

Three people have been fired because of their actions and response during the significant flooding over the weekend in New Orleans.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce his decision in the wake of residents and business owners cleaning up after Saturday's storms left several areas inundated with floodwaters.

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Landrieu fired New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board general superintendent Joseph Becker and Sewerage and Water Board communications director Lisa Martin. Mark Jernigan, Department of Public Works director, was also fired.

The firings come after Cedric Grant, Sewerage and Water Board executive director, announced Tuesday that he will retire in the fall. His resignation came ahead of a special City Council meeting on the flood response.

Grant said the Water Board has now determined that 14 pumps were out of service for maintenance during the flooding. Officials said eight of the 14 pumps deal specifically with drainage.

Monday and Tuesday's information are contradictory to the statement the Water Board made over the weekend suggesting that the system was "operating at its maximum capabilities."

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