Cantrell transition team says top priority is fixing S&WB

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell will take control of the city in three days and faces several challenges.

Her transition team said the top priority needs to be fixing the Sewerage and Water Board.

Her team presented Cantrell with their final recommendations for her transition on Thursday.

In the 137 page report that she calls her "road map," she outlines the plans for the city's infrastructure.

The Sewerage and Water Board has been under a microscope from city and state leaders after drainage issues were exposed during last August's floods.

In the aftermath, the S&WB lost its two top managers, Cedric Grant, and Joe Becker after it was learned they misled the public about how many pumps and turbines were not working.

The mayor-elect is now conducting a national search for a new sewerage and water board director.

President Trump is expected to begin pushing a major national infrastructure bill which could provide millions to fix the city's old sewerage and drainage system.

Senator John Kennedy said before federal money is sent to the S&WB, lawmakers will want to see someone who "can run things, and not act like a bunch of chuckleheads."

Cantrell will be inaugurated on Monday.

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