Orleans Parish


7:08 PM EDT, September 4, 2012



September 4, 2012 6:08 PM


Please announce: Students should report for school at Einstein Elementary Charter School tomorrow, Wednesday, September 5 by 8am.  

September 4, 2012 5:57 PM

Delgado Community College announces that classes and business activities at all Delgado locations will resume as normally scheduled on Wednesday, September 5.

Any additional updates will be shared on the Delgado website, www.dcc.edu; via email; and on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Delgado faculty, staff and students subscribed to the Delgado Alert emergency alertsystem are receiving text, email and telephone messages regarding the re-opening. Subscribe to Delgado Alert at http://www.dcc.edu/e2campus/.

Tue 9/4/2012 8:34 AM

Success Preparatory Academy will open Wednesday September 5.

Mon 9/3/2012 7:44 PM

After reviewing usage statistics, the availabilty of retail stores that have reopened, and the percentage of power that has been restored to the area, the City and the National Guard will close two of the six Point of Distribution (POD) locations at 8:00 p.m. today. The New Orleans East and Tad Gormely Stadium sites will no longer be used for distribution.

The following four locations will remain open tomorrow: 

The National Guard is continuing to operate the POD sites where citizens have been picking up critical supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. POD sites are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., or while daylight allows, until further notice. Sites will distribute water, ice, ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and tarps.

Individuals who drive up MUST remain in their vehicles to expedite the process. People without cars will be allowed to walk up to POD sites in a pedestrian lane.

The City is also closing the Dryades YMCA as an emergency cooling shelter.  The St. Bernard Center  at 1500 Lafreniere St. in Gentilly will continue to operate as an emergency cooling shelter.

Space is limited, so residents are asked to reserve space for those with the most critical needs, including the elderly, those with illnesses exacerbated by the heat, residents with children and residents with damage to their homes.

All persons should bring the following with them:

 Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, and Pets are not allowed in shelters.

Individuals who are electricity dependent or have medical needs and cannot care for themselves are asked to call 658-2500 to register for a separate medical special needs shelter in New Orleans.

Mon 9/3/2012 6:29 PM

Arthur Ashe Charter School will remain closed on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  We plan to have the school open on Wednesday, September 5, pending restoration of power.

The other four FirstLine Schools public charter schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 4, as planned.  FirstLine’s schools are: Samuel J. Green Charter School, Arthur Ashe Charter School, John Dibert Community School, Langston Hughes Academy, and Joseph S. Clark Preparatory High School. 

Additional updates will be released to the press and can also be found on FirstLine’s website (www.firstlineschools.org).

Mon 9/3/2012 6:24 PM

Today, the American Red Cross announced it will offer free hot meals for lunch and dinner tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, at seven locations across the city.  The feeding stations will be providing food via stationary vehicles. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Meals will be served at the following locations:

Mon 9/3/2012 6:17 PM

City Hall and all City buildings will return to regular business operations starting tomorrow, Tuesday, September 4, 2012. All City employees are scheduled to return to normal working hours unless otherwise directed by your department head.

Please note that the City’s 311 hotline will close at 8:00 p.m. tonight and return to normal business hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on Tuesday.

September 3, 2012 5:33 PM

The following area Catholic schools will be closed tomorrow:

Schools Closed on Tuesday, September 4th:

Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie
Our Lady of Divine Providence, Metairie
St. Agnes, Jefferson
St. Augustine, New Orleans
St. Catherine of Siena, Metairie
St. Cletus, Gretna
St. Francis Xavier, Metairie
St. Rita, New Orleans
Visitation of Our Lady, Marrero

St. John the Baptist Parish Catholic Schools will reopen Monday, September 10.

All other Catholic schools in the area will be open.

There is no Jefferson Parish school bus service until Thursday, September 6.

September 3, 2012 5:26 PM

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development's (DOTD) Crescent City Connection Division (CCCD) resumed ferry service at its Lower Algiers/Chalmette route yesterday. The ferry is currently operating on its normal 6:00 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. schedule. This is a pedestrian and vehicle ferry.

Although power was restored at the Algiers Point ferry landing today, the Canal Street/Algiers Point ferry remains out of service because of damage done to the landing during Hurricane Isaac and mechanical issues with the ferry boat.

"We are committed to customer service, and are working to return the ferry to service by the end of this week," said David Tippett, executive director of CCCD. "We will notify the public once our services our online."

The Gretna Ferry remains out of service due to ongoing mechanical issues.

September 3, 2012 5:17 PM

Please note that Success Preparatory Academy in New Orleans will open on Wednesday, September 5.

September 3, 2012 4:23 PM

Delgado Cancels Tuesday, Sept. 4 classes at all locations

New Orleans, La. -- Classes on Tuesday, September 4 are cancelled at all Delgado Community College locations due to limitations in the College’s electrical, telephone and mechanical infrastructure and in consideration of students, faculty and staff who are still managing storm-related issues.  With respect for student safety and the continuing recovery efforts   the College suspends classes for an additional day to allow workers to address these lingering post storm recovery issues.

After Hurricane Isaac passed, Delgado maintenance and janitorial staff were on site immediately and have worked non-stop, clearing storm debris and preparing the College’s eight campuses and sites to return to service.  None of the locations were flooded and physical damage was minimal.  However, the recent restoration of power revealed additional repairs were needed to electrical and air conditioning systems at several locations.  Additionally, the College’s telephone system is experiencing intermittent problems that must be addressed. Work is currently underway on repairing these essential utilities and services and is expected to be completed by tomorrow.  

Regardless of the cancellation of classes for Tuesday, all administrators and staff are to report to work tomorrow.  Campuses and sites will be closed to students and the general public.  

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor the Delgado website, dcc.edu and Facebook page for additional updates.  

September 3, 2012 4:14 PM

All  Recovery School District (RSD) direct-run schools and Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) schools will reopen tomorrow, September 4, following closures last week as a result of Hurricane Isaac. RSD schools in Baton Rouge, St. Helena, Pointe Coupee and Caddo will also reopen tomorrow.

Power has been restored at all direct-run school sites and both RSD and OPSB staffs have fully assessed the facilities to ensure the safety for students, faculty and staff.

Efforts to restore power at many of the charter schools in New Orleans continues. Families with students attending charter schools should contact the local school directly for a status update and information regarding the school’s reopening date.

A determination regarding the academic calendar and the makeup of missed days will be addressed in future communications with parents and schools.

Both the OPSB and RSD administrative offices will reopen tomorrow as well. The RSD Central Office will reopen at its new location, 1615 Poydras St., Ste. 1400.

For additional information about the status of charter schools, visit the Recovery School District website, www.rsdla.net or the Orleans Parish School Board website, www.opsb.us.

September 3, 2012 4:13 PM

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for Orleans Parish. This program provides food assistance for eligible households who do not receive regular SNAP benefits and who need help buying groceries due to lost income or damages following a disaster.

To help expedite the application process, individuals should pre-apply for DSNAP prior to Wednesday either online at www.dcfs.la.gov/preapply or www.getagameplan.org or by calling 1-888-LAHELP-U (888-524-3578) between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. by Wednesday, September 5. When applying by phone, callers should select the appropriate language and then select options 3 and 3.

Regular SNAP households DO NOT need to pre-apply. Households that receive regular SNAP benefits will automatically have additional DSNAP benefits added to their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards if they are not already receiving the maximum allotment for their household size.

At 8:00 p.m. Monday night, the City’s 311 hotline will cease 24/7 operations and return to normal business hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on Tuesday, September 4. The City’s 911 emergency service will remain operating 24/7.      

Since last Monday, 311 has fielded over 25,000 calls from constituents.

The City will continue to offer residents emergency cooling shelters at this time.

The City has cooling shelters operating at St. Bernard Center at 1500 Lafreniere St. in Gentilly and Dryades YMCA at 2200 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in Central City.

Space is limited, so residents are asked to reserve space for those with the most critical needs, including the elderly, those with illnesses exacerbated by the heat, residents with children and residents with damage to their homes.

All persons should bring the following with them:

 Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons, and Pets are not allowed in shelters.

Individuals who are electricity dependent or have medical needs and cannot care for themselves are asked to call 658-2500 to register for a separate medical special needs shelter in New Orleans.

The National Guard is continuing to operate six Points of Distribution (POD) sites in the city where citizens can pick up critical supplies.

The locations are:

POD sites are open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., or while daylight allows, until further notice. Sites will distribute water, ice, ready-to-eat meals (MREs) and tarps.

Individuals who drive up MUST remain in their vehicles to expedite the process. People without cars will be allowed to walk up to POD sites in a pedestrian lane.

Orleans Parish residents are now eligible to apply for FEMA individual assistance. Starting at 11:00 a.m., a FEMA mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will be stationed at Engine 31 at 19808 Chef Menteur Highway in Venetian Isles.

The FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) program provides homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated parishes -who sustained uninsured or underinsured related damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory- money and services, when losses are not covered by insurance, and property has been damaged or destroyed. Upon declaration of the IA program, the registration process for assistance is initiated.

There are several ways to apply for disaster assistance.  Residents can apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Those with speech or hearing impairments should call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Users of 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should call 1-800-621-3362.

Following the initial application, an inspector will call to schedule an appointment to visit your property.

Because FEMA has opened a mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Venetian Isles, the Wireless Emergency Communication Center provided by Verizon Wireless has now closed.


As of 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, Entergy is reporting that 23,583 households remained without power in Orleans Parish, or just under 13% of New Orleans customers.

All hospitals are at normal capacity and are beginning outpatient service. Contact your doctor to find out if your clinic will open.

Dialysis patients should contact their dialysis units as the majority of the centers are open and providing regular service. Dialysis patients having trouble reaching their centers can call 1-800-472-8664.

The City has set up a medical special needs shelter for people who have high-risk medical conditions. Please call 504-658-2500 for more information and to get registered. Citizens who have already registered do not need to call again.

The New Orleans Police Department continues to be out in full force. Effective anti-looting patrols, augmented by 1,400 Louisiana National Guard soldiers, have been in place in every district. To date, 41 individuals have been arrested for looting.

In the last 24 hours, firefighters responded to 5 one-alarm fires. Residents are urged to follow all safety precautions when using generators. They should be used only in well-ventilated locations away from all doors, windows and vent openings. Generators should never be refueled while running. NOFD also urges residents to be careful with candles and keep them away from curtains and anything that can catch fire.

RTA is now running normal holiday bus service. Streetcar service will return to Canal Street and along the Riverfront starting Tuesday, September 4.  For a full list of schedules, please visit http://www.norta.com/.

Routine trash collection and recycling collection returned to normal schedules on Friday, August 31. Garbage/debris must be placed between the sidewalk and the street curb for collection. Due to large volume of garbage/debris, in the event that collection was missed on your scheduled day, it will be picked up the following day. The “first pass” of debris pickup citywide will be complete by Thursday, September 6.

Do not place garbage or debris on neutral grounds, near trees, utility poles or fire hydrants. Please remove carts from the front of properties as soon as possible, once collection has occurred. By City Code, carts are not to remain continuously on sidewalks

For normal, scheduled collection by the City’s contractors:

For collection of debris as a result of Hurricane Isaac by the City’s emergency debris removal contractors or the Louisiana National Guard, please separate into the following piles:

Mosquito control spraying will begin on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, weather permitting. Residents are encouraged to wear mosquito repellent. Residents are also encouraged to turn over containers with standing and stagnant water to reduce mosquito breeding grounds. To report issues with mosquitoes or rodents, please call 311 or email requests to mosquitocontrol@nola.gov.

The Department of Public Works is still enforcing all parking and towing violations in the French Quarter and Central Business District. It will be giving courtesy notices citywide starting today.  Full enforcement of all parking and towing violations citywide will begin Wednesday, September 5. 


Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to ready.nola.gov. This service allows city officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a twitter handle: @nolaready.


To report price gouging, contact the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-351-4889.

Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools (ECCS) Opening Dates

ECCS students should report to school on the following dates:


New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School "Sci High"

Andrew Wilson Charter

Benjamin Franklin High School

Hynes Charter School

Lake Forest Elementary Charter

Lusher Charter School (All campuses)
New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA)
Robert Russa Moton Charter School
Warren Easton Charter High School

Morris Jeff Community School

International School of Louisiana (Orleans and Jefferson Campuses)

Audubon Charter (Gentilly and Uptown Campuses)

(Updates will be forthcoming)


Einstein Elementary Charter


New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School "Sci High"

September 3, 2012 3:53 PM

FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opened Monday in St. Bernard and Orleans parishes to assist homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage to their home or personal property as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

Specialists from the state of Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are on hand to answer questions and provide information on the types of assistance available to survivors.

The DRCs are located at:

St. Bernard Parish

3220 Jean Lafitte Blvd.

Chalmette, LA 70043

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, 9/3, Labor Day only.

Tuesday forward: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice

Orleans Parish

19808 Chef Menteur Hwy.

New Orleans, LA 70129

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, 9/3, Labor Day only.

Tuesday forward: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice

Disaster recovery officials work closely with community leaders to find locations that provide safe and easy access for all survivors. More recovery centers will open as sites are identified and approved. To find a center location, click the locator at www.fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers  or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov.

"Visiting a center is a great opportunity for people to talk with recovery specialists and get questions answered," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall. "Although it's a good idea to register with FEMA before visiting a center, these caring professionals are there to walk you through the process if you need help."

Registration is quick and simple. Individuals can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via web-enabled phone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.  If you use 711-Relay or Video Relay Services, call 1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Federal disaster assistance includes grants for eligible applicants to help pay for temporary rentals, emergency home repairs, uninsured personal property losses and medical, dental and funeral expenses caused by the disaster.

SBA offers low-interest loans to residents and businesses. After registering with FEMA, visit any recovery center where SBA representatives will answer questions, explain the application process and help each resident or business owner apply to SBA. For SBA information or to apply online, visit www.sba.gov or call 1-800-659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call 1-800-877-8339.

The presidential disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac now makes available federal assistance to eligible survivors in nine parishes: Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. John and St. Tammany.

For more information on Louisiana disaster recovery, visit online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov. You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA. Also visit our blog at www.fema.gov/blog.

August 31, 2012 6:45 AM

Pod sites for food, water, tarp distribution:

New Orleans East: 5501 Read Blvd (map)

West Bank: 2730 Vespasian Blvd (map)

9th Ward: 700 Poland Ave (map)

Boil water advisories:
•    Fort Pike State Park
•    Irish Bayou Travel Center
•    Crazy AL's Lounge

Thu 8/30/2012 2:39 PM

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the dusk to dawn curfew for New Orleans residents has been lifted. However, residents are urged to use caution. Crews are working to clear debris from the streets and repair traffic signals throughout the city. Residents are asked to stop at every intersection out of an abundance of caution. The NOPD will be out in full force tonight enforcing the law. 

August 30, 2012 2:30 AM

Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) Interim Superintendent, Stan Smith, announces the closing of direct run schools for students has been extended again.  Classes are cancelled through Monday, September 3rd. Classes will resume as normal at all campuses Tuesday, September 4th.

Staff is directed to monitor the web site for further information.

The following charter schools will follow the OPSB decision on extending the close of schools for students:

Alice Harte Charter School
Audubon Charter School (both locations)
Ben Franklin Charter High School
Edna Karr Charter High School
Einstein Charter School
Encore Academy Charter School
Hynes Charter School
Lake Forest Charter School
Lusher Charter School (both locations)
New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School
Robert Russa Moton Charter School
Warren Easton Charter School

PLEASE NOTE that directives for staff members at each charter school will come from each school's Chief Executive Officer.