Latest information on Ida’s recovery in New Orleans: evacuation plan, medical services, blue tarps, more

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The city of New Orleans is stepping up its recovery efforts after Hurricane Ida, continuing to distribute resources across the city to the more than 200,000 residents who remained to weather the storm.

“Our infrastructure and operations continue to recover rapidly. It’s an exciting thing to be a part of, ”Ramsey Green, New Orleans deputy executive director for infrastructure, said at a press conference updating recovery efforts on Thursday.

The latest addition to the city’s efforts involves officials finalizing a plan to help transport residents who wish to evacuate the city to a state-run shelter. Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, did not specify when the transfer of people to the shelters would begin.

“It’s going to happen,” said Arnold. “It’s just a matter of how we’re going to put it together. We want to be orderly, righteous and beneficial to our community.

The shelter could be in northern or central Louisiana, or potentially in another state, depending on the amount of space needed, and residents would be allowed to stay there until their power was restored. Arnold said seniors, people with reduced mobility and residents with special medical needs would be prioritized, with the general population then being offered a ride to the shelter. The city will send out a survey to collect data on how many people want to leave on Thursday.

The Allie Mae Williams One-Stop-Shop in Central City is open for minor medical services. Services are limited but include oxygen exchange, prescriptions, and recharging of medical devices. The city also plans to open a shelter at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans on Saturday for residents with very serious medical needs.

Pharmacies are also reopening.

The Army Corps of Engineers has completed its assessment of Ida’s damage and is starting its blue roof program. Tarps are still available at distribution centers, but households with damaged roofs can register to have a contractor install the tarp for them.

The tarps will be available on Thursday at the following locations:

  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 3939 Gentilly Blvd. – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Arthur Monday Center, 1111 Newton St. – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sainte-Marie Goretti Church, 7300, boul. – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, 807 N. Broad St. – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Milne Recreation Center, 5420 Franklin Ave. – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. (also a cooling center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Cooling stations and distribution centers continue to be open throughout the city, and the city’s takeover website is back online – detailing the locations and times for residents to pick up food, water, charging stations and other needs. FEMA representatives will be on distribution sites to assist with the disaster assistance request process.

Meals and water can be found at the following locations:

  • Joe Brown Park, 5475, boul. – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St. – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Skelly Park, 2515 boul. Vespasian. – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Howlin Wolf, 917 S. Peters St. – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Gernon Brown Rec Center, 1001 Harrison Ave. – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tulane Avenue and Broad Street – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Treme Rec Center, 900 N. Villere St. – 12 pm to 2 pm; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Namaste, 318 Diana St. – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Harmon Oaks, 2514 Washington Ave. – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Parc St. Roch, 1800 avenue St. Roch – 1 to 4 p.m.
  • New Philippians Church, 5234 N. Claiborne Ave. – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Mutual Disaster Relief, 1649 N. Robertson – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lutheran Church of Bethlehem, 1823 Washington Ave. – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Community Life Transformation Center, 8606 Marks Street – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • McDonogh # 35 Senior High School, 4000 Cadillac Street – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Level Up Community Center, 1123 rue Lamanche – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Mayhew Bakery, 3201 Orléans Avenue – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Arthur Monday Center, 1111 Newton St. – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Milne Recreation Center, 5420 Franklin Ave. – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Lyons Rec Center, 624 Louisiana Ave. – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Joe Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd. – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rosenwald Recreation Center, 1120 S. Broad Ave. – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave. – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Cut Off Rec Center, 6600 Belgrade St. – from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Cooling and charging stations are located at the following locations:

  • Lyon Recreation Center, 624 Louisiana Ave.
  • Joe Brown Recreation Center, 5601 Read Blvd.
  • Rosenwald Recreation Center, 1120 S. Broad Ave.
  • Stallings St. Claude Rec Center, 4300 St. Claude Ave.
  • Cut Off Leisure Center, 6600 Belgrade St.

Entergy put another transmission line into service early Thursday morning, bringing some light back to the western part of town. 13 substations are back online with 14 substations still out of order. 744,906 customers are still without electricity on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also updated on the medical condition of Cedric Davilier, the New Orleans police officer who was shot in the head on Tuesday. Cantrell said Davilier was released from the hospital.

“I ask you to continue to pray for a full recovery over the next three days so that he is in a better position to move forward,” Cantrell said.


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