From New Orleans Councilman Arnie Fielkow. Contact the Councilman at afielkow@cityofno.com <mailto:afielkow@cityofno.com>

The past few days have seen a slow but steady return to normalcy in New Orleans. Residents have been arriving from days spent away from homes, jobs, family and friends.I I spent the past two days greeting our City assisted evacuees at the Union Passenger Terminal - whether coming from bus or train, everyone I spoke with was relieved and happy to be at home.

On Friday, roughly 9,238 people returned to New Orleans on the City Assisted Evacuation Plan. On Saturday, 3,807 citizens returned. The two-day total of 13,045 will continue to grow as more people arrive by buses, trains and planes.

I also spent time with my staff volunteering at some of the PoDs around the city, handing out MRE's, water and ice.

The National Guard are in charge of supplying and running the PoDs and they did a wonderful job.

All first responders - the New Orleans Fire Department, the New Orleans Police Department, EMS, the New Orleans Health Department, the Louisiana State Police, doctors, nurses, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, the National Guard, and many others too numerous to name - are the heroes of Hurricane Gustav and their commitment and service to New Orleans is deeply appreciated.

As power is close to being fully restored and more stores and restaurants open, it is the City Council's intention to immediately return to conducting the business of this great City. We will keep a close eye on Hurricane Ike, but I hope everyone can resume their lives and continue growing and strengthening New Orleans (and perhaps take some time today to support our New Orleans Saints!).

Below is some important information: PoD Centers Ice, water, food and information can be found at the following places run by the National Guard. All locations will be open until 4pm today: -

Skelly Rupp Baseball Stadium (part of the Behrman complex in Algiers) 2200 Vespasian Street -

Joe Brown Park, 55601 Read Boulevard -

The main branch of the New Orleans Public Library 219 Loyola Avenue

Entergy New Orleans Customer Information

As of Saturday night, Entergy New Orleans CEO Rod West reported that 96% of power has been restored in New Orleans. For those still without power: - 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 -

Or, customers can call the following Customer Service Center Phone Number: 1-800-9-OUTAGE (1-800-968-8243)

City of New Orleans Curfew: The new curfew begins at 10PM and ends at 6AM in all neighborhoods EXCEPT those in the following zip codes: 70112, 70115, 70116 and 70130, where the curfew will begin at 2AM and go to 6AM.

As full power is restored, please watch for updates and/or changes regarding the curfew. American Red Cross Disaster Services <http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/> C