S&WB pumping station knocked offline after thieves steal copper cable

NEW ORLEANS -- Thieves stole copper cable, possibly worth thousands of dollars, from a Sewerage & Water Board pumping station, knocking it offline.

An email to S&WB employees obtained by WWL-TV said Drainage Pumping Station 18 in New Orleans East will be out of service until power is reconnected to it.

A source said it was turned back on by Wednesday afternoon.

The email said thieves stole 100 feet of copper cable line. It also includes a dollar figure of $34,000, but it was not immediately clear if that amount was how much the cable was worth or if that was the amount of damage the pumping station suffered.

A spokeswoman for the S&WB did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

DPS 18 is located in a desolate part of New Orleans East near Village de l’Est.

It wasn’t immediately clear when the theft happened. The email went to S&WB staffers about noon Wednesday.

A daily S&WB log that tracks what pumps are and are not working did not indicate any issues at the pumping station.

The copper cable was connected to a rented generator and the pumping station’s permanent power supply, according to the email.

An NOPD spokeswoman confirmed a detective responded to the pumping station to investigate a theft. The NOPD said Wednesday evening it was working to get more details about the case.

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