The two Entergy subsidiaries that provide power to New Orleans — Entergy New Orleans on the east bank (ENO) and Entergy Louisiana (ELL) on the west bank — submitted to New Orleans City Council a report on their preparations for and restoration efforts following Hurricane Isaac, which left most of the city without power for days. Council requested the report in early September in response to complaints that full restoration took too long.
The report, however, offers high praise for the utility's response, characterizing its power restoration time — more than 90 percent of 160,000 affected customers were restored by Sept. 3, day five of active restoration — as "commendable." Restoration work cost about $45.8 million, through December 2012. Problems encountered, were mostly related to the size, slow speed and unpredictability of the storm, it says.
From the report:
"The Companies were able to restore power to approximately 95% of customers in Orleans Parish within five days after it was safe to begin restoration efforts. Significantly, the restoration was accomplished without a single fatality or major injury," it reads, with only 13 "OSHA-recordable injuries."
"The Companies’ preparation for and response to Hurricane Isaac, while not without its challenges, was reasonable, appropriate, and worthy of the commendations they have received."
(More after the jump)
According to a report in today's New Jersey Star-Ledger, Blakely spent the morning at Monmouth University at a conference titled "Rebuilding A Resilient New Jersey Shore." Blakely's topic? "Lessons from Katrina."
Blakely — the Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" who had been appointed under former Mayor Ray Nagin — made big waves last week when his new employer, the University of Sydney in Australia, issued a press release saying Blakely had been appointed to the Respond Commission. Blakely gave an interview on the subject to an Australian radio station, confirming the appointment.
The Respond Commission is one of three announced by the state of New York to analyze the response to Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Penuel, its co-chair, is also director of the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response at New York University,
An official press release released an hour ago from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office announced the commission's makeup and made no mention of Blakely, although it noted "Additional appointments may be made to the commissions."
Penuel, though, made it clear that Blakely would not be one of them.
Press release under the jump.
Hurricane Katrina "recovery czar" Ed Blakely has been appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to a commission to "examine the state's emergency response capabilities" in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to an interview Blakely has done with an Australian radio station.
In recent years, Blakely has been living in Australia, where he is Honorary Professor of Urban Policy at the US Studies Centre of the University of Sydney.
"My role in this is to make sure they're ready for what's likely to be another one soon," Blakely told the Australian radio station, adding that "A number of people have asked me if I would be around to discuss these things as they're moving forward."
The original announcement of the commission made no mention of Blakely.
Blakely has already weighed in on what New York needs to do in the wake of Sandy. That's under the jump, along with a link to the Library Chronicles' classic Blakely timeline, "Come Crane With Me":
Here's a nice story for Thanksgiving, courtesy of New York's WCBS-TV:
AMITYVILLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Hurricane survivors from hundreds of miles away have arrived on Long Island with a massive care package to help the Sandy relief effort.
Two truckloads of supplies and food arrived at Amityville High School from New Orleans, thanks to a couple of Katrina survivors who wanted to help out.
The tractor-trailers are filled with diapers, clothes, food and any other supplies New Orleans residents thought could be useful in the clean up and relief effort.
“It was amazing to see how many people responded to our cry for help down there to send up here,” Louisiana resident Trey Ledbetter told WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall.
Scheduled performers include Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Big Sam's Funky Nation, George Porter Jr., Amanda Shaw, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr., Stephanie Jordan, Terence Higgins, Dirty Dozen Horns, Mia Borders, Corey Henry, James Andrews, Stooges Brass Band. Khris Royal, Sasha Masakowski and Dancing Man 504.
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