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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rodrigue Foundation reissuing Katrina Blue Dog print to raise money for schools affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:03 PM

A detail from We Will Rise Again.
  • A detail from We Will Rise Again.

In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, the late artist George Rodrigue produced a "Blue Dog" painting showing the familiar canine with a red cross on its chest, floating on an American flag in a sea of water. Sales from that silkscreen print, We Will Rise Again, raised $700,000 for disaster relief, according to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA).

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Today the GRFA and the Rodrigue family announced it will be re-releasing We Will Rise Again in a 2017 edition, with sales going to schools in Texas and Louisiana that have been damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"We Will Rise Again shows the American flag covered with water," Rodrigue explained in 2005. "The blue dog is partly submerged, and its eyes, normally yellow, are red with a broken heart. Like a ship's SOS, the red cross on the dog's chest calls out for help."

The 27"x18" silkscreen prints will sell for $500. To learn more, visit the Rodrigue Foundation website.


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United Way blood drive in New Orleans to benefit Houston area

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 9:15 AM

PHOTO BY LT. ZACHARY WEST/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD
  • PHOTO BY LT. ZACHARY WEST/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD

United Way of Southeast Louisiana hosts a "United We Give" blood drive Wednesday, Aug. 29, with a portion of donated blood to boost blood supplies in Houston and surrounding areas following Hurricane Harvey.

The drive runs from noon-4 p.m. at United Way's office at 2515 Canal St.

Harvey has threatened already-low summertime blood supplies — Texas hospitals filling with Houston-area evacuees also are experiencing blood shortages and seeking donations, particularly from O negative and O positive blood type donors, according to The Texas Tribune.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old and 130 pounds with parent or guardian consent) and in good health.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Orleans schools, City Hall to reopen Aug. 30

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29. - NOAA
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  • Tropical Storm Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico Aug. 29.

New Orleans schools, City Hall and all public buildings and facilities will reopen Aug. 30 after city officials closed down Tuesday as a precautionary measure with Tropical Storm Harvey making its slow approach to Louisiana.

Archdiocese of New Orleans schools as well as Delgado, LSU Health Sciences Center, Southern University at New Orleans, University of New Orleans and Dillard, Loyola and Xavier universities also will reopen Aug. 30.

A tropical storm warning and flood watch remain in effect with heavy rains expected late Aug. 29 and overnight.

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How New Orleans can help survivors of Hurricane Harvey

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 3:43 PM

PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. TIM PRUITT/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD
  • PHOTO BY STAFF SGT. TIM PRUITT/TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD

So much water. So much pain. And so much ahead.

While all Americans can sympathize with Houston and southeast Texas in the wake in Hurricane Harvey, New Orleanians can truly empathize with what our neighbors are going through — 12 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina felled the federal levees and flooded our city. We remember all too well the feeling of helplessness in the face of nature. We also remember the hope that sprang from strangers providing aid and comfort in our time of such devastating need.

Let’s channel those memories — and those feelings — into action. We can’t all hitch up our boats like the Cajun Navy, but the main thing survivors of Hurricane Harvey need now is money. Lots of money. Here are several ways to give:

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New Orleans under flash flood watch as Harvey heads to Louisiana

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 10:45 AM

National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.
  • National Weather Service projection for Harvey as of Aug. 29.

With up to 4 inches of rain forecast in New Orleans as Tropical Storm Harvey slowly moves into Louisiana, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged residents to stay home and off the roads Tuesday, Aug. 29. Some parts of the city got as much as 6 inches of rain yesterday, and a flash flood watch remains through Thursday, as Harvey is expected to move eastward then tick north by Wednesday night.

The city braces for the possibility of more flooding following Aug. 5 floods and the recently publicly revealed compromised pump system. Sewerage & Water Board reports 107 of 120 pumps "are available to be operational in the event of heavy rainfall," according to the city.

Meanwhile, a banner hanging outside pump station No. 1 reads, "I think I can, I think I can."

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Landrieu urges New Orleanians to stay home Tuesday due to anticipated weather

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 4:39 PM

At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged New Orleanians to stay home tomorrow due to what is expected to be some heavy rain.
  • At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged New Orleanians to stay home tomorrow due to what is expected to be some heavy rain.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu is recommending New Orleans residents stay home tomorrow in anticipation of what may be heavy rainfall from feeder bands related to Tropical Storm Harvey. At today's press conference of city leaders, Landrieu said that the likelihood of heavy rain and possible tornado activity was what led him to make the call.

"Out of an abundance of caution, I recommend that everyone stay home tomorrow," Landrieu said.

All Orleans Parish public schools and Catholic schools will be closed, as will the University of New Orleans and Delgado College. All New Orleans Public Library branches will be closed. The Louisiana SPCA also will not be open, nor will the New Orleans Museum of Art. Jefferson Parish announced its schools and offices would be open.

Today's rainstorm brought minor street flooding to parts of the city that were most affected by the Aug. 5 flood, including Gentilly, Lakeview and Mid-City. According to the National Weather Service, parts of the city received two inches of rain today.

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New Orleans restaurants, bars host Harvey relief events

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 3:33 PM

On August 29, several New Orleans restaurants will host a gift card drive to help victims of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. - PHOTO BY BRANT KELLY/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • PHOTO BY BRANT KELLY/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • On August 29, several New Orleans restaurants will host a gift card drive to help victims of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

As Hurricane Harvey continues to dump rain on the Gulf Coast and flood waters continue to rise, New Orleans chefs, restaurateurs and bar owners are joining forces to help donate to victims affected by the flooding in Texas.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco says Texas lacked 'sensible evacuation formula' for Harvey

Posted By on Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 5:24 PM

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco says Texas had not "developed a sensible evacuation formula" before Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast. - CHERYL GERBER
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  • Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco says Texas had not "developed a sensible evacuation formula" before Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas Gulf Coast.
As the slow-motion disaster known as Tropical Storm Harvey goes on, there's already finger-pointing going on as to the wisdom of evacuating the Texas Gulf Coast and counties up to Houston. A Daily Beast report focuses on the mixed messages being sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who on Friday advised Houstonians to evacuate, while Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and emergency officials called the storm a "rainmaker" and said "In Harris County: very limited to select communities. LOCAL LEADERS KNOW BEST.”

The Daily Beast also quotes former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who was in office during Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, as saying "It's not apparent to us watching that they have developed a sensible evacuation formula":

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Y@ Speak: partially eclipsed

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 6:15 PM

If you didn't fry your eyes while looking directly into the sun, which is a totally normal thing you should do at any time, catch up with a week of New Orleans protests against monuments, white supremacy and the Sewerage & Water Board.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mayor Sisyphus and his legacy

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM

"Sisyphus," Franz von Stuck
  • "Sisyphus," Franz von Stuck

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s legacy always was destined to be a mixture of successes and failures. Such is the fate of all mayors, though history seemed likely to paint Landrieu in mostly positive hues — until recently. The Aug. 5 flood and revelations of systemic dysfunction at the Sewerage and Water Board (S&WB) now threaten to overshadow Landrieu’s accomplishments as mayor.

Which is why he’s working overtime to whip the S&WB (and his legacy) into shape before he leaves office next May 7.

Given the almost daily dose of bad news about S&WB operations and infrastructure problems, Landrieu has a Sisyphean task. That we’re now in the peak of hurricane season raises the stakes for everyone.

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