From New Orleans Councilman Arnie Fielkow.
Contact the Councilman at afielkow@cityofno.com

Since Hurricane Gustav passed over New Orleans, I have been visiting neighborhoods across the city to ensure that the concerns of residents and local businesses are being met. Starting on Tuesday, September 2nd and continuing daily, I have visited homes, firehouses, churches, restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores. The resiliency displayed by everyone I met strengthened my belief that New Orleans will always stand strong.

The City of New Orleans has been working around the clock to ensure that power, food, water, shelter and medical care are available for all citizens. I am in constant contact with Entergy and I can ensure you that
the employees of Entergy are working around the clock to restore power to all of Orleans Parish. Given the conditions, Entergy is optimistic that they will be able to provide full power to the city in the next few days. Energy infrastructure is still the most critical link that limits restoration at this time and Entergy expects to have 90 percent of power in by Saturday evening. Additionally, Entergy has projected full restoration in the City of New Orleans by Monday evening, September 8th. Hopefully, we will get full restoration even earlier! While power is being restored, daily life will continue to be trying. The City also continues to clear downed trees and citizens are asked to place all debris (grass, trees and leaves) curbside and not on neutral grounds.

The cooperation and patience of citizens and businesses have been instrumental in keeping New Orleans safe, secure and on-track for a full recovery from Hurricane Gustav, and I am happy to see our citizens returning, including our citizens who utilized the City Assisted Evacuation Plan who will begin to return today.

And don't forget, the New Orleans Saints home-opener against Tampa Bay will be played in the Louisiana Superdome on Sunday, September 7th with kick-off scheduled at noon. Go Saints!

If you encounter any difficulties please contact me at
afielkow@cityofno.com

Below is some important information for you. I will send updates as the situation and information changes:

Comfort Stations/Points of Distribution (PoDs)
- The Office of Recovery Development and Administration is working to open three (3) distribution centers to hand out food and water. The PoDs should be open between 12noon and 3pm today, depending on set up time and food deliveries. All PoDs are being set up by the National Guard. The three sites are:
1.
Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library, 219 Loyola Avenue
2.
Behrman Park, Algiers
3.
Joe Brown Park, 10900 Lake Forest Boulevard

Entergy New Orleans Customer Information:
- There are 3 Customer Information Centers located throughout New Orleans:
1.
3400 Canal Street, New Orleans
2.
4021 Behrman Highway, Suite J, Algiers
3.
Household of Faith, 9300 1-10 Service Road, New Orleans East