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Monday, August 29, 2016

Y@ Speak: Invest-ed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 5:40 PM

President Obama visits Louisiana following the August floods, Invest 99 Luftballoons pops its head into the Gulf, the Saints pick up some Duraflame logs to get started on this season's tire fire, and more from the final hours of The Worst Month.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Y@ Speak: after the flood

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:35 PM

The media's response, the lack of a response from the media, the governor, Trump, important phone numbers and donation information, rescue and relief, and neighbors helping neighbors  — a week of tweets following Louisiana's August flooding.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Orleans Public Library hosts food drive for flood victims, plus more donation drop points

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM

All New Orleans Public Library locations will collect dry and non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit flood victims, it announced in a statement this morning.

Library Marketing and Communications Director John Marc Sharpe described food as "the most critical need" and called for donations of shelf-stable items such as canned fruit and vegetables, canned tuna and chicken, soup, beans, chili, pasta, rice, cereal and peanut butter, as well as supplements including protein bars and Ensure. Each library will have a donation box. Goods ultimately will be distributed to Second Harvest Food Bank

Relief efforts continue after last weekend's historic flooding wreaked havoc on the state, potentially leaving thousands homeless. Below, find additions to Gambit's early list of places to donate or get involved.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Where to help Louisiana flood victims: Donation drop points around New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 12:01 PM

click image Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana. - TWITTER/@ONEVISIONARY
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  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, tweeted these photos Aug. 13 of the historic floods in central Louisiana.

After several days of record-setting rainfall, devastating floodwaters poured into much of Southeast Louisiana this weekend, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Ascension and surrounding parishes. Multiple news organizations are reporting the rescue of more than 20,000 people from homes and vehicles as of Sunday.

As many New Orleanians know well, flooding robs families of resources large and small: it's not just cars and homes, but day-to-day personal effects, from clothes and blankets to shampoo and toothbrushes. Here's our ongoing list of sites to donate these much-needed supplies to flood victims, as well as several contacts for direct donations and volunteer opportunities. 

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Y@ Speak: purple rained out

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 4:05 PM

After you wash off the Patient Zero-level disease you collected from the musical horse river, let's look at some holes! Massive, people- and car-eating holes sprouting across the city like nightmare moles forecasting some kind of apocalypse or the earth's reclamation of our devil town — that's just so NOLA.

Also: meet a racist deputy!

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Jazz Fest 2016: Photos from Sunday, May 1

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:12 AM


Rains lingered on the final day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, though acts including folk Legend Arlo Guthrie touring on the 50th anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, Grammy award-nominee and Austin Hall of Fame inductee Marcia Ball, gospel great Mavis Staples and others played though it on Sunday, May 1.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rain cancels Saturday at Jazz Fest

Posted By on Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:50 PM

Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
  • Jazz Festers wade through the Fairgrounds for a bite before leaving after bad weather and rough conditions at the festival canceled the remainder of the afternoon's performances.
Stevie Wonder's Saturday morning soundcheck included Prince's "Purple Rain," seemingly setting up his headlining set at the 2016 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for one of the biggest tributes to the late artist over the two festival weekends.

Instead, Wonder sang it with the crowd through a megaphone from the Acura Stage after announcing his 5 p.m. show had been canceled. So were all other stages for the rest of the day — including sets from Beck and Snoop Dogg and the second half of sets from Dr. John and Hurray for the Riff Raff, among others — after heavy downpours formed shin-deep pools and winds sent water onto stage equipment. Jazz Fest last shut down early during an anticipated but lightning-filled Wilco set in 2015.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Y@ Speak: endangered species

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Dear Bird Lover Basketball Fan:

Our Pelicans need your help. One by one, these men are forced to wear suits and sit down instead of running for a few hours in their natural habitat: shiny, shiny wood in multimillion dollar state-of-the-art arenas. Please, think of the bird men.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Editorial: Help Louisianans affected by the March flooding

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:52 AM

In this photo supplied by the U.S. National Guard, 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door to door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, March 10, 2016. - U.S. NATIONAL GUARD PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. JERRY RUSHING
  • U.S. NATIONAL GUARD PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. JERRY RUSHING
  • In this photo supplied by the U.S. National Guard, 2nd Lt. William Hall and Cpl. Kurt Humpreys of the 2nd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, conduct door to door searches in Pecan Estates in Bossier City, March 10, 2016.

Predictions of record-setting rainfall in New Orleans two weeks ago never came to pass, but it was a very different story north and east of Lake Pontchartrain. Monroe reported 24 inches of rain, while Shreveport got 12 inches. And most of that drained into Louisiana and Mississippi waterways, especially the Abita, Bogue Falaya, Tchefuncte and Pearl rivers.

The Northshore saw historic flooding in 1983, but by all measures the flood of 2016 was worse. The Bogue Falaya crested at 20 feet (flood stage is 6 feet). In Mississippi, the Pearl reached just over 20 feet (flood stage: 14 feet). At least four people died as a result of the storm and the flood. Areas of northwestern St. Tammany Parish that never had seen floodwaters before were flooded out, and many of those affected don’t have flood insurance. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries had rescued 777 people (plus 120 dogs and six cats) in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and more than a dozen other parishes as of March 14, when the waters were receding.

While metro New Orleans largely was spared, the cleanup effort for thousands of homes that flooded comes just two weeks after 10 tornados touched down in southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi. New Orleanians know how it feels to lose everything in a flood, and we know how it feels to know that others care. Here are ways you can help, along with resources for those who need them.

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