Officials: Water pressure restored after major pipe break near Bayou St. John

Update: 12:05 p.m.

New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has restored water pressure city wide after repairing the leak on the water main in the Mid-City area. “Mardi Gras festivities and other business can go on as planned,” spokesman Robert Jackson says.

The Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium announced that it will reopen at 12:30 p.m., after closing earlier due to the main break.

Update: 11:33 a.m.

Robert Jackson, of New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board, says engineers and crews have “located the waterline break in the Mid City area and made a repair. Pressure is expected to be restored within the hour.”

Update 11:08 a.m.

Crews have restored water pressure to about 35 psi but are warning residents that it will remain lower than the usual 45 psi for the next couple of days. The immediate area of the main break remains limited to local traffic from Bayou Road to North Dupre Street. Water will continue running into the street, but the catch basin is expected to be able to handle that flow.

No boil advisories are in effect.

Original story:

A water main break in the Bayou St. John area is affecting water pressure throughout the east bank of New Orleans.

Officials said the areas most affected include Mid-City, the Central Business District and the French Quarter.

The issue started this morning when a pipe broke under the ground at the intersection of Grand Route Saint John and North White Street, according to officials on the scene.

City workers were aiming to restore pressure in the next hour, hoping reduced pressure will suffice through Mardi Gras and allow the Sewerage & Water Board to permanently fix the problem after Carnival, workers at the scene told nearby residents.

Water in the immediate area slowed to a trickle out of taps, and complications caused the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium to close.

“We’re watching it closely,” said Robert Jackson, a spokesman for the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board. “We’ve got crews on the scene right now.”

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