As Tropical Storm Harvey made its devastation throughtout Eastern Texas, Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and Lake Charles Louisiana, the memories of Hurricane Katrina became that much more vivid to many.
The Cajun Navy wasted no time. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast on a Friday. By Sunday, hundreds of boats were on their way to Texas. I passed a supermarket parking lot two days after the storm hit, and a large contingent of boats and trailers were lined up to head for the Lone Star State. As this column is being written, thousands of Louisianans are offering help. That’s what many Texans did for us here in the Bayou State exactly twelve years ago.
Few people in America know how devastating a natural disaster might be more than those who lived through Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, never could have come back as quickly as it has without the love and support from individuals from around the world, non-for-profit organizations and communities.
The last thing New Orleans needs with inadequate pumping and a horrific flooding event only weeks ago, is another potential flooding event. According to the City of New Orleans and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, much depends upon whether the rain band stalls.
With bad weather causing rain delays and otherinteferences, the New Orleans French Quarter Infrastructure Improvement Project is now on a different course. Here is a press statement from the City of New Orleans
With the world focus upon confederate monuments after the violence in Charlottesville and the announcements from various cities related to their respective monuments, the organizations that spearheaded the removal of the New Orleans monuments are announcing a rally this weekend.
(From Mayor's Office)
Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials provided an update on the status of the Sewerage and Water Board’s drainage system in New Orleans. The turbine damaged on Wednesday night, Turbine #1, is running after being successfully repaired and gradually brought back online. Twenty-two of 26 generators ordered for additional capacity and redundancy have arrived and are being connected. They are expected to be in service by Monday. Four final generators are in route from Miami and will be delivered Monday. This redundancy will remain throughout Hurricane Season. The City will update residents on generator deliveries as information becomes available.
Today, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu held a press conference to discuss the current flooding and pumping problem that has ensnared his administration this week.
On the day that the organization that he heads, the Conference of US Mayors are convening in New Orleans, Landrieu said, “"There is no need for panic,"
So maybe anthropogenic global warming isn’t such a great existential threat to New Orleans after all? Instead, maybe it’s the policy and personnel decisions of Mayor Mitch Landrieu?
Last Stand for Monument?
The Citizens Advisory Committee, charged with making a recommendation about the future of the Confederate monument on the courthouse grounds, will hold its fourth and final public meeting Tuesday.
It will be held at 6 p.m. at Broadmoor Middle Laboratory School, 441 Atlantic Avenue, Shreveport.