Equipment failures at the southern sewage treatment plant resulted in the plant being shut down


The following information is from the Office of Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome:

September 29, 2021 – This afternoon, City-Parish became aware of several serious equipment, plant and process failures at our southern wastewater treatment plant near Gardere Lane, resulting in the shutdown temporary plant for about two hours and resulted in street-level flooding in the immediate vicinity, including some surrounding neighborhoods. Our environmental services department and plant management teams responded immediately to restart the plant, begin clean-up activities and assess the area for any related damage. As of 5pm this afternoon, the factory is back on line and all processes are working as they should.

We take issues like this extremely seriously. Our engineers are conducting a thorough investigation into the causes of these failures and will take all necessary measures to ensure that such problems do not recur. Our DES cleanup teams are working to clean up the area, and our environmental inspection teams will be on the ground in the coming days to continue to assess the damage. If you live in this area and your home has been flooded or damaged by this incident, please call 311 and report a residential interior backflow or sewer overflow. Residents can contact 311 by phone, online at or via the Red Stick 311 mobile application. Our crews are ready to respond as quickly as possible.

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