Feb 032018

Saturday’s day parades will start rolling at 12:30 p.m. — a half hour earlier than scheduled — and the evening parades will immediately follow because of the threat of rain this evening, New Orleans officials said.

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Jan 192018

Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans city officials provide an update on the water system Friday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The water pressure in New Orleans rose enough overnight that officials are able to begin testing it for contamination, but residents should continue to boil water and drink bottled water until that testing process is complete, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said late Friday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 182018

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans city officials and Jefferson Parish officials speak about strain on the water system Thursday morning. (via City of New Orleans)

The unusual period of freezing weather in New Orleans has put so much strain on the New Orleans water system that residents need to refrain from using water when it all possible until the emergency boil water notice can be lifted, though the electrical system is expected to be able to handle the load, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials said late Thursday morning. Continue reading »

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Jan 182018

The Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for the entire East Bank of New Orleans due to a further drop in water pressure Thursday morning, Jan. 18.

This is an expansion of the advisory issued Wednesday for areas east of the Industrial Canal, including Venetian Isles, Lake Catherine and Irish Bayou. Neither advisory applies to the West Bank.

Boil Water Advisory map (via S&WB)

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Jan 172018

The freezing weather that covered much of New Orleans in a thin layer of crunchy ice overnight continued Wednesday morning, and officials urged residents to minimize their driving and take other precautions as schools and businesses remained closed.

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Jan 012018

The freezing temperatures that opened the New Year in New Orleans will continue for much of the week, staying in the 30s during the day and dipping back into the 20s overnight through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Continue reading »

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Oct 072017

The position, wind field and predicted path of Hurricane Nate as of 10 a.m. Saturday. (map via National Hurricane Center)

Hurricane Nate’s winds were 90 mph Saturday morning and the fast-moving storm was expected to strengthen further to a Category 2 storm before making landfall overnight on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and the city of New Orleans said it would be enforcing a mandatory curfew starting at 7 p.m. Continue reading »

Oct 052017

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With the forecast track for newly-formed Tropical Storm Nate drifting closer toward New Orleans, city officials are warning residents to prepare for a threat of heavy wind and other possible effects of bad weather. Continue reading »

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Sep 072017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The New Orleans City Council’s budget hearing today focuses on capital improvements, public works and other drainage improvements that were paid for this year with emergency funds. When also factoring in yesterday’s fire at the Sewerage & Water Board’s Claiborne Avenue main pumping station, it’s easy to see why citizens are becoming more skeptical about the ability of our mayor and his S&WB team to protect us against flooding. Continue reading »

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Aug 292017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks Tuesday afternoon about the response to Tropical Storm Harvey. (via Facebook live video)

After a surprise day off Tuesday for Tropical Storm Harvey’s rains, all students in the Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District will return to their schools as normal on Wednesday, officials announced. Continue reading »

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Aug 292017

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After rain bands from Tropical Storm Harvey brought nearly 6 inches of rain to New Orleans on Monday, city officials warned residents to stay off the streets if at all possible because of the continued threat of flooding with nearly several inches more rain expected Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 282017

Rainfall predictions from Tropical Storm Harvey over the next five days, issued Monday morning. (via National Hurricane Center)

While New Orleans was spared the worst of Hurricane Harvey’s possible impacts over the weekend, the meandering tropical storm could still bring a significant amount of rain to the city over the coming week, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

Aug 252017

Rainfall predictions from Hurricane Harvey as of 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25. (via National Hurricane Center)

The effects of Hurricane Harvey are beginning to be felt along the Southern coast of Texas on Friday morning, but the National Hurricane Center predicts the system to slowly drift northeast back towards Louisiana into next week, bringing rainfall that could once again test New Orleans’ beleagured pumps. Continue reading »

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Aug 232017

The National Hurricane Center’s rainfall predictions for Tropical Storm Harvey across the Gulf Coast as of 4 a.m. Thursday. (via National Hurricane Center)

After strengthening overnight, Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make landfall on the Texas coast on Friday, bringing the potential for heavy rain over New Orleans and more flooding starting this weekend, officials said. Continue reading »