NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -An intersection in the Central Business District is still being monitored by the Sewerage and Water Board after a water main broke Wednesday night.
The break was reported just before 6 p.m. at Lasalle and Poydras streets, where the intersection was closed as crews worked.
One lane and the corner of Poydras and Loyola remains closed Thursday morning, which could cause a mess for morning commuters.
The break comes about a week after an update to pumping and power. The board’s new director, Ghassan Korban, said the S&WB is not out of compliance, but it doesn’t meet today’s standards. Korban said his goal is to get away from steam turbines and rely solely on electricity from Entergy, but the fix comes with a $50 million price tag.
The situation doesn’t sit well with locals. New Orleans residents say it’s about time the city has a reliable water system they can depend on.
“It’s unacceptable,” said resident Huyen Bui. “We all pay our bills, and it should really go towards upkeep and maintenance. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
Due to the break, RTA shut down the Loyola/Rampart streetcar between Canal Street and Union Passenger Terminal. A bus will be available until normal service can resume.
There is no word on what caused the break or how long it will take to make repairs.