Sep 012012

View Uptown New Orleans power outages and restored areas in a larger map

Entergy’s map of outages at 11 p.m. Saturday. (

With Hurricane Issac’s winds and rain long gone, New Orleanians around Uptown and the entire city have been left to ask, where is the electricity?

Because the Entergy maps have proven themselves to be unexpectedly unreliable, Uptown Messenger is building our own map of outages and restored areas, based on firsthand reports by our readers. We’ll also include significant hazards that may still be affecting the public. To add or update information, either tweet it to us @UptownMessenger, or email it to

Aug 312012

Entergy workers examine a fallen tree on St. Charles Ave. and Arabella St. Thursday afternoon. (Sabree Hill,

New Orleans may have seen the last of Isaac’s wind and rain crawl out of town on Thursday, but awoke Friday morning to find the same mess left over from the day before: trees down all over, and power hardly anywhere.

Grocery stores led the way in business re-openings on Thursday, followed by a few resourceful restaurants that pulled together limited menus for New Orleanians grateful for a hot meal, and hopeful that power would return soon as the late summer temperatures begin to rise again. Continue reading »

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Aug 302012

A large tree lays across Broadway Street near St. Charles Avenue, where it has snapped a power pole and pulled down electrical lines. (Robert Morris,

Tropical Storm Isaac’s wind field at 7 a.m. barely reaches New Orleans. (map via

Now that Tropical Storm Isaac has finally crawled past New Orleans, taking most of its wind and rain with it, the city is left with widespread power outages, downed trees and power lines and — for some — far more significant damage to their homes or businesses. Continue reading »

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Aug 292012

View Uptown hazards in a larger map

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. Continue reading »

Aug 282012

Approximate locations involved in a police chase of two young men believed to be involved in car-burglary attempts. They were first reported on Annunciation, then spotted in backyard on State, and finally apprehended in two locations on Webster, 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. Continue reading »

Aug 282012

A passer-by lends a hand as Hank Staples affixes an “Open for Business” sign to the boarded-up front of Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street. (Robert Morris,

Employees board up the windows at Chiba, another Oak Street business planning to stay open as much as possible through the storm. (Robert Morris,

As the winds of Hurricane Isaac began picking up on Oak Street on Tuesday morning, boards may have covered the shopfront windows, but nothing could cover the owners’ spirits.

“Oak Street is open for businesses,” said Chiba owner Keith Dusko. “The 8300 block, anyway.” Continue reading »

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Aug 282012

A Magazine Street business boards up its windows Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

Tropical Storm Isaac’s projected track, as of 1 a.m. Tuesday. (source: National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Isaac continued slowly gathering strength Monday night on its way toward south Louisiana.

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. Continue reading »

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