Jun 232017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

This week’s tropical storm Cindy is just the latest example that the New Orleans region and the entire Gulf Coast must become better at living with water rather than merely struggling to defeat it. From powerful waves breaking over the sea walls on Lakeshore Drive and in Covington to flooding caused by storm surge in Venetian Isles, Myrtle Grove and Grand Isle, we must employ what the Dutch call “inventive urbanism” to make our towns and cities more resilient. Continue reading »

Sep 022016
 
Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Businesses and organizations on Freret Street have been individually responding to the Baton Rouge-area flooding for the past two weeks, and now they are uniting their efforts to focus on providing for families’ babies and pets that other relief efforts may not reach.

Michelle Ingram of Zeus' Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

Michelle Ingram of Zeus’ Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

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Aug 152016
 

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding, which has so far killed six, according to the Weather Channel, and forced rescues of 20,000 more. Here are local and national places to give monetary donations and goods.

Church Alley Coffee & The Good Shop, located at 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., is collecting toiletries, shoes, socks, cleaning supplies, baby wipes, formulas, car seats, fans, contractor garbage bags, gloves, and utility knives.

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Mar 112016
 
Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at BUKU in 2015. (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

Raury performs on the Power Plant stage at BUKU in 2015. (Jamal Melancon, UptownMessenger.com)

The threat of dangerous conditions from the storm causing deep flooding around Louisiana on Friday morning may have closed most schools in New Orleans, but two major weekend events — the St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Irish Channel, and Buku festival in the Lower Garden District — are still scheduled to proceed despite the rain. Continue reading »

Apr 272015
 
A homeowner in the 1200 block of Lowerline examines a power line pulled down by a falling tree branch in his front yard during Monday morning's storms. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A homeowner in the 1200 block of Lowerline examines a power line pulled down by a falling tree branch in his front yard during Monday morning’s storms. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Outages as of 6:04 p.m. (via Entergy)

Outages as of 6:04 p.m. (via Entergy)

More than 11,000 New Orleans homes and businesses remain without power as the sun sets Monday evening, and some of those could last as long as Wednesday, though 400 more workers are en route to the city from Baton Route to aid with the recovery, Entergy officials said. Continue reading »

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Apr 272015
 

See below for live coverage via Twitter of the aftermath of Monday’s storms around Uptown New Orleans from UptownMessenger.com.

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