May 232019

On Tuesday, May 28, the city’s Department of Public Works’ construction contractor, Hard Rock Construction, will close the sidewalk in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Parkway, as well as the bikeway bridge over the Pontchartrain Expressway.

A section of the Jefferson Davis Parkway sidewalk and bike path will be closed for repairs from Tuesday through Thursday. (via city of New Orleans)

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May 122019

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris,

from the City of New Orleans
Updated 11 a.m. 5/13/2019

New Orleans officials released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Sunday morning. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of the city between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bouts of heavy rain at rates of two inches an hour and higher sparking Flash Flood Warnings. Continue reading »

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May 092019

Sheriff Joe Lopinto, right, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from HDF founder Mike Weinberger. (courtesy of the Home Defense Foundation)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

With gun violence always in the spotlight, the New Orleans-based Home Defense Foundation honored Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto III Tuesday night for his commitment to keeping residents and business owners safe. “The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office does not prevent crime; we solve crimes quickly to prevent the next crime,” Lopinto said.

Lopinto’s office serves over 400,000 residents, more than any other parish in Louisiana, and ranks as the 15th largest sheriff’s jurisdiction in the U.S. “We make sure to solve crimes quickly to prevent retaliation,” he said. One tool that helps Lopinto reach that goal is the JPSO’s in-house crime lab, the only facility of its kind in the region. Though the lab is expensive to operate, it provides immediate results. In just minutes, analysts “put the pieces together” that often lead to a prompt arrest.

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May 042019

(Sewerage & Water Board)

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health, has canceled the precautionary boil-water advisory for most residents and businesses in the Uptown area after bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area was safe to drink and could be used for personal needs.

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May 032019

(Sewerage & Water Board)

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for a limited Uptown area in bounded by South Carrollton Avenue to Napoleon Avenue and from South Claiborne Avenue to the Mississippi River.

Water pressure in the affected area has dropped below 20 psi due to a water-main break on Claiborne Avenue near Soniat Street. S&WB has crews are working to isolate the leak and make repairs.

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May 012019

Korin, 3, plays on equipment at Stanley Ray Playground in City Park on Tuesday. If taxpayers approve New Orleans’ parks and recreation millage proposal May 4, City Park would receive public funding from New Orleans for the first time in the park’s 165-year history. (India Yarborough, Loyola Student News Service)

By India Yarborough,
Loyola Student News Service

New Orleanians will decide the fate Saturday of a city proposal to redistribute parks and recreation funds. And while many city residents might gloss over the plan’s fine print, involved parks and rec organizations say the proposal is an effort to improve the quality of life of New Orleans residents.

“It’s vital, and it’s no fluff,” said Ann Mcdonald, director of the city’s Department of Parks and Parkways.

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Apr 172019

Kenneth Line, 46; Robert Hitchings, 34 (via NOPD)

Two men reported missing recently from the Broadmoor and Fontainebleau areas still have not been found. The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Robert Hitchings, 34, and Kenneth Line, 46.

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Apr 072019

The city of New Orleans will present a series of “open house” neighborhood workshops to engage residents in each district about the upcoming plan to expand and improve the City’s bike network. Meetings for Districts A & B take place this week.

The City is working in collaboration with the Department of Public Works, the City Planning Commission, and community partners on this project, known as Moving New Orleans Bikes.

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Apr 042019

Jefferson Avenue residents park in the neutral ground to prevent their cars from flooding in  a 2011 rainstorm. (Sabree Hill, file photo)

Heavy rain and storms, some which may be severe, are forecast to continue to move through the New Orleans area today. The cty of New Orleans urges residents to stay weather-aware during storms.

The National Weather Service issued an Areal Flood Advisory on Thursday in effect until 7 p.m., including parts of Orleans Parish. An Areal Flood Watch is also in effect for the entire parish until midnight tonight.

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Mar 292019
Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris,

Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab in 2014. Eckert was promoted to lead the Uptown-based NOPD Second District on Friday. (Robert Morris, file photo)

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Mar 252019

A fire broke out in Central City about 5:20 a.m. on Monday. (NOFD via Twitter)

New Orleans firefighters are battling a five-alarm blaze at Baronne and Felicity streets that started early Monday. Four people were rescued after the fire quickly spread from a vacant camelback to nearby apartment building, WWL-TV reported.

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Mar 222019

Firefighters battle the blaze at a popular gathering spot in Broadmoor. (NOFD photo via Twitter)

A speeding driver crashed into a beauty salon Wednesday night, setting the car and the building on fire. Both people inside the car died at the scene, the New Orleans Police Department reported, and two children and multiple adults were injured in the blaze.

One of the fire victims, a woman who was getting her hair done in the salon, died at the hospital of her injuries, the NOPD reported early Friday.

The crash set off a three-alarm fire in the building at 4125 Washington Ave., Fire Superintendent Tim McConnell said. The building houses the Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon.

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