cooper landrieuAs 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.

cajun busThe 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. 

cowen 4One of the city leaders most responsible for helping to bring back New Orleans from the drowned and from the despaired believes the current rendition of FEMA is much more effective than what previously existed during Hurricane Katrina.

nola payFew 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.

landrieu cnnNew Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been very busy this week, preparing, even if the latest Hurricane, Harvey, is hundreds of miles away bruising the Texas coast and flooding southeastern parts of the state.

la demos2Louisiana Democratic Party Gala is cancelled, will be rescheduled,  New Orleans Mayor Race Forum-focus upon Preservation of Homes, Candidates Tweets

michael bagnerisjpg dbea801c56ca1c69Based upon a new poll, initially published by LaPolitics, the two top male candidates appear to be rising in the polls and two leading candidates, both females, are dropping.

In the Verne Kennedy’s Market Research Insight poll just released, only six points separate three candidates but a fourth candidate is beginning to make a move.  

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.

fq owensWith 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

harvey1New Orleans certainly would prefer to be in better shape as Tropical Depression Harvey moves towards Texas.

However, on Tuesday,

Landrieu tweeted, “We are watching systems in/near Gulf very closely and have entire team preparing just in case. No reason to panic

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