Thursday, August 30, 2012

Isaac: City begins recovery work

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM

City Hall press conference this morning:

Major points:

Entergy has about 450 people out on the street as of this moment. 1,100 expected by the end of the day. First priority is hospitals, then essential public buildings. The majority of the city is still without power.

The city has sent out 300 workers to assess debris damage to roads and public buildings. Crews will clear major corridors with RTA bus or streetcar service first.

City and state recovery and rescue workers have been deployed to parts of the city, such as Venetian Isles, that are beyond levee protections and, according to Landrieu, have taken on about three feet of water.

The New Orleans Police Department reports 16 looting incidents in the past 36 hours. "In 13 of those events, we've made arrests on the scene," said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

NOPD will let us know this afternoon if the 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew will remain in effect tonight. Officers arrested three people and issued three summonses on curfew violations last night.

The RTA is asking that all vehicles be moved off neutral grounds by Friday, August 31, at noon.

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