A pump failure during Gustav caused a stinky and unsightly mess in some neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, Mayor Jack Dale Delhomme announced his intention to use some of the city’s share of federal hurricane recovery funds to set up a generator that would power City Hall during an outage. Delhomme made the announcment during his mayor’s report at the July 14 City Council meeting.
Councilman Champagne, who chairs the city’s Public Works Committee, told reporters after the meeting that a fixed generator is in place to power the main pumpand that portable generators are available for use around town.
The council declared an emergency last fall authorizing Delhomme to purchase the generators in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, which threw much of the state in the dark. The lack of emergency power led to an embarrassing flood of raw sewage in some neighborhoods and a requirement that citizens boil their water before washing with it.
Because of expenditures like that caused by Gustav, St. Martin Parish will get as much as $5.3 million in HUD money administered through the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Delhomme said.