Aug 152017

Surveillance video shows a pickup truck after it crashed through a gas station wall on South Claiborne Avenue early Saturday. (submitted photo)

A pickup truck crashed through the wall of a South Claiborne Avenue gas station while it was open Saturday in attempt to steal the ATM, and New Orleans police say a second, similar heist was successful in Jefferson Parish the next day. Continue reading »

Aug 122017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu leads a news conference Saturday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

Although the fire-damaged backup power system to the city’s pumps has now been repaired, the city has identified 17 of its 120 pumps that are out of service and need emergency repairs, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Saturday morning. Continue reading »

Aug 112017

With a tent shielding her from the light rain Thursday afternoon, Chelsey Monroe paints a utility box at the corner of Nashville and Magazine streets. (Robert Morris,

The turbine powering the city’s pumping system that caught fire Wednesday evening has been repaired successfully, but that only restores the city’s pumping capacity to the levels prior to last weekend’s flooding, leaving New Orleans at “some risk,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Friday morning.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks Friday morning about the status of the city’s pumping system. (via City of New Orleans)

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Aug 102017

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks alongside Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials at a news conference late Thursday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

An overnight fire damaged the power to the city’s pumping system, leading to an increased risk of flooding across the Eastbank of New Orleans as more thunderstorms approach the city Thursday afternoon, authorities said. All public schools in the city will be closed through Friday.

“Obviously, this is a serious situation, but it is not something to be panicked about,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards late Thursday morning in a news conference with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Continue reading »

Aug 102017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The buck stops with Mayor Landrieu and the entire City Council for the mounting problems at the Sewerage & Water Board. Citizens who mopped up last weekend or are worried about today’s lack of pumping capacity have no one to blame but their elected officials – all of whom have clearly failed them. Continue reading »

Aug 082017

New Orleans police investigate a fatal shooting Monday night on South Prieur Street in Broadmoor. (Robert Morris,

A man was shot to death Monday night on South Prieur Street in Broadmoor, New Orleans Police said.

A New Orleans police officer holds the crime-scene tape so the coroner’s van can pass on South Prieur Street after a fatal shooting Monday, Aug. 7. (Robert Morris,

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Aug 072017

(image via Entergy New Orleans)

The three candidates seeking to succeed Stacy Head as the new At-Large member of the New Orleans City Council all expressed doubts Saturday about the need for a new gas-fired Entergy power station in New Orleans East in the face of residents’ opposition there. Continue reading »