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.
One 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.
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.
New 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.
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
New Orleans certainly would prefer to be in better shape as Tropical Depression Harvey moves towards Texas.
However, on Tuesday,
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.
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?
When the deluge started in New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, Mitch Landrieu was in beautiful Colorado at one of his favorite places, the Aspen Institute. While he was technically at a “Security Conference,” he was for all practical purposes interviewing for a nice position with this liberal think tank.
by Jim Miller, former Exec. VP of the New Orleans Saints
Morten inducted into the Hall of Fame without me
I didn’t think Morten Andersen would ask me to present him when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. And he didn’t.
You see, I happened to be the Saints executive who announced that Andersen was being cut in 1995 and for a time wore the horns as “the man who cut Morten.” Of course, anybody who thought I had the authority to make personnel decisions probably also thought I gave financial advice to owner Tom Benson. But that’s beside the point.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has received plenty of national attention lately.
Below are excerpts from the Politico interview. Also below is a segment from a Facebook conversation that Bayoubuzz Publisher Stephen Sabludowsky had yesterday with progressive-blogger and publisher Lamar White concerning Landrieu’s recent national notoriety, his involvment as President of the Conference of US Mayors and the conflict he has had recently with the Trump administration.