Six more people were arrested in separate looting cases Wednesday in Central City, and police credit the vigilance of neighborhood residents in helping officers stop the crimes while they were still in progress.
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As Isaac continues its slow approach toward New Orleans, a tree has landed on a house on St. Charles Avenue, wires and other trees are down in numerous Uptown neighborhoods, flooding has been reported in the Lower Garden District and other roads have been closed, according to reports from the mayor’s office early Wednesday.
The officers of the NOPD Second District are responding to the Hurricane Isaac in their second 12-hour shift, working out of a temporary headquarters at Children’s Hospital.
A 54-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday morning and charged with looting at a gas station at Carrollton Avenue and Earhart Boulevard, authorities said.
Hurricane Isaac brought driving rain and strong winds to New Orleans Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, flooding streets, downing trees and knocking out power to almost all of Uptown New Orleans.
Four men were arrested Tuesday evening on charges of looting a Central City business, police said.
Two people attempting to get into parked cars along Annunciation Street led police on a chase through several Audubon neighborhoods Tuesday afternoon, and one attacked a resident who tried to stop him, before they were apprehended, authorities said.
With the expectation that power and Internet access will become limited Tuesday evening or Wednesday, Uptown Messenger will provide live coverage of Hurricane Isaac’s arrival in Uptown New Orleans through Twitter, visible in the box below.
Local schools governed by the Recovery School District and Orleans Parish School board will remain closed through Thursday, officials announced.
“Oak Street is open for businesses,” said Chiba owner Keith Dusko. “The 8300 block, anyway.”
As of the 1 a.m. Tuesday update from the National Hurricane Center, Isaac’s winds were still at 70 mph, just shy of hurricane force, and its path continued to center on New Orleans. Forecasters expected the winds to accelerate to hurricane speeds overnight, and for New Orleans to begin feeling its effects in earnest Tuesday morning.
Two brothers were tied up and robbed at gunpoint inside a Pitt Street home in the Riverbend on Monday night, police said.
Drivers or boaters going more than 5 mph on flooded streets will be issued tickets, NOPD officials said.
“We will enforce that with zero tolerance,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas in a news conference Monday afternoon.
A 25-year-old man was gunned down around 10 a.m. Monday in the driveway of an apartment complex in the 3300 block of South Saratoga, police said.
Although considerable uncertainty remains in the National Hurricane Center forecast, New Orleans is now near the center of the possible paths for Isaac’s landfall Wednesday morning.
Schools under the control of the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board will be closed Monday through Wednesday in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac, officials said.
Hurricane conditions are expected within the New Orleans metropolitan area and “preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” forecasters warned as their computer models show Isaac’s path drawing gradually nearer to the city.
The broad, uncertain path of Tropical Storm Isaac and its expected increase in intensity have prompted a hurricane watch that now includes the New Orleans area, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Big-budget superheroes, computer-animated cartoons and even a few family classics are among the selections for this fall’s “Movies in the Park” series in Uptown parks.