New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board special meeting

The interior of Willie Mae's Scotch House restaurant which was flooded in the Aug. 5 rains

The interior of Willie Mae's Scotch House restaurant which was flooded in the Aug. 5 rains

As New Orleans' water-pumping system continues to malfunction, the mayor is urging residents in some of the city's already-soaked neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground as more rain is in the forecast. New Orleans East, Algiers, and the Lower 9th Ward operate on a separate power source and are not affected by the outage.

Early this Morning, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the Sewerage & Water Board has lost a turbine, which powers most of the cities pumping stations.

Dwayne Boudreaux Jr., the owner of Circle Food Store, dumps out dirty water Monday that was vacuumed up from the store after weekend flooding in New Orleans.This image is for use with this specific article only.

The rain and where it falls will be under increased scrutiny Thursday after the city announced a fire knocked out power to several water pump stations on the east bank. All areas west of the Industrial Canal in Orleans Parish should be on high alert.

With the final turbine damaged and rain in the forecast for today, Landrieu said it is time for residents on the East Bank of Orleans to prepare for the possibility of severe flooding.

As long as the power supply from Entergy remains steady, the system will be able to handle a "typical rainfall", Landrieu said.

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 Office of the Mayor had no further details on the fire. The other three are under construction and maintenance, he adds. Sadly, WWLTV says " Four of the five turbines run off of an uncommon kind of electricity known as 25-cycle power, which the S&WB generates on its own".

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 governor's office said Thursday's declaration is a precautionary measure amid concerns that the malfunctioning pumps leave New Orleans more vulnerable to flooding. Rainfall is likely to occur in the afternoon.

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