Sunday, August 6, 2017

City and state officials announce meetings to address issues from Aug. 5 flood

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 6:54 PM

A van drives through Mid-City floodwaters Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • A van drives through Mid-City floodwaters Aug. 5.

One day after a drenching flood that seemed to catch people, politicians, pumps and all of New Orleans by surprise, city and state officials announced investigations into municipal response, while Sewerage & Water Board president Cedric Grant insisted, "We are dealing with 8 to 10 inches of rain in three hours. It is not going to be able to pump that in an hour.”

Six members of the New Orleans City Council held a press conference this afternoon to announce a special council meeting for 1 p.m. Tuesday to "express their concerns and pose questions to the Sewerage and Water Board and appropriate City officials," according to a statement from the council.

City Councilwoman At-Large Stacy Head, who has been openly critical of catch basin and utility maintenance in recent weeks, was not at today's meeting and was said to be out of town. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is in Aspen, Colorado, for a security conference, according to Deputy Mayor Ryan Berni, and will be returning to the city Monday.

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New Orleans endures more summer flooding Aug. 5; city officials provide updates on pumps, parking

Posted By on Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM

Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5. - PHOTO BY KEVIN ALLMAN
  • Flooding near Banks and Carrollton Aug. 5.

As rains died down after 9 p.m. Aug. 5, both lanes of Banks Street in Mid-City were covered in several inches of standing water, with cars parked as close to houses and up against buildings and on neutral grounds to avoid creeping floods that submerged dozens of cars in the neighborhood.

A few people with their feet in the water sat in picnic benches outside Finn McCool's Irish Pub. Around the corner, Twelve Mile Limit only narrowly avoided water coming into the front door despite the bar standing only slightly above street level. Passing cars, however, frequently sent waves into the doorway and into nearby cars and porches, as residents braced for another round of impact after enduring a few hours of rain with seemingly nowhere for it to go.

New Orleans received 8 to 10 inches of rain in many parts of the city as an afternoon downpour on Aug. 5 flooded homes and cars and trapped people on roads. Residents pulled out kayaks and canoes or waded through shin- and waist-deep water across Mid-City, Gentilly, Treme, Lakeview and parts of Uptown and downtown.

"These no-notice rain and flooding events can be very dangerous, but luckily, there was no loss of life," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu in a statement. "We begin the hard work of assisting those who flooded and getting our streets passable for regular traffic. With additional rain expected today and the rest of this week, I would encourage all of our residents to clean in front of their catch basins."

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Y@ Speak: It rained?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wasn't just me? It rained, right? I didn't just imagine my neighbor sailing to the bar for "provisions"? Cool.

Also this week: Health care, Atlanta Falcons pettiness and no Tales zones.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Y@ Speak: storm's a-brewin'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

In this week's edition: the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on its health bill and we get the cold shoulder from Tropical Storm Cindy.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Orleans officials prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM


Tropical Storm Cindy — formerly Tropical Cyclone 3 — has formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is headed toward Louisiana, according to the National Weather Service. Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is prepared for a "major weather event," including street flooding and up to 12 inches of rain from Tuesday through Wednesday. Tropical storm-like conditions are expected later Tuesday and the storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking at City Hall before the storm was named, Ken Graham with the National Weather Service said a shift in direction could change its impact. He urged residents not to focus on the "cone," which is just west of New Orleans. The storm still could bring significant rain and street flooding to the area. New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison urged drivers to stay off the road, if possible.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Louisiana officials react to Trump's withdrawal from climate agreement

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 5:53 PM

A March for Science in New Orleans on April 22 brought attention to climate change and other environmental and health issues. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • A March for Science in New Orleans on April 22 brought attention to climate change and other environmental and health issues.

As Louisiana and coastal states prepare for the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the U.S. pledge to reduce emissions under the international Paris climate accord. Paricipating countries under the agreement — which President Barack Obama joined in 2015 along with dozens other countries — have committed to lowering emissions to shrink the global footprint on climate change.

It's another potential blow to the future of Louisiana's coast following Trump's proposed 2018 budget. Trump — who has said global warming "was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive" — glimpsed potentially devastating rollbacks to Louisiana coastal protections in his budget plans, revealed last month.

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Editorial: It's hurricane season again. Tips for preparing

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 1:33 PM

A thermal image of Hurricane Sandy, the second most costly storm in U.S. history. - CREATIVE COMMONS/ NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
  • A thermal image of Hurricane Sandy, the second most costly storm in U.S. history.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began June 1, even though the first named storm of the season (Tropical Storm Arlene) formed April 19, one of only two named storms to form in April since at least the 1960s. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center have forecast a second above-normal hurricane season for the Atlantic, with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine of which could become hurricanes and two to four Category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes. But as we know in Louisiana, it only takes one.

Now is the time to review hurricane preparations and make sure friends, relatives and neighbors have a plan as well. The basics for “hunkering down” in a non-evacuation situation include bottled water (at least a gallon per person per day), ready-to-eat food, flashlights, a battery-operated radio (and extra batteries), baby supplies, pet supplies, wet wipes, a stash of cash, cellphone chargers (a portable power source for them is a good idea) and at least a week’s worth of necessary medication. For emergency fixes, a tool kit and contractors’ garbage bags are a good idea. A rule of thumb throughout hurricane season is not to let your gas tank go below half-full.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Jazz Fest 2017: Photos from Sunday, April 30

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 1:43 AM


The first Sunday of the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was almost a washout due to severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area all morning and early afternoon. However, gates opened at 3 p.m. and fans of Dr. John, Lorde and Tom Petty, to name a few, were not disappointed with the quality of the music that ended the last day of the first weekend.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Y@ Speak: emergency alert

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Congratulations, we survived April Fool's Day and woke up way too early thanks to the powerful combination of technology, weather and leaving our phones close enough to immediately grab upon waking. Once more unto the tweets:

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