WATCH: Mayor Cantrell – ‘FEMA allots $59 million in disaster assistance, curfew lifted in Orleans Parish’

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Mayor LaToya Cantrell updates New Orleans residents on Day 10 of Hurricane Ida recovery efforts from the press room in City Hall.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • Mayor is very proud of strength and love the community has shown past 10 days
  • Gratitude for first responders and city employees
  • City Hall will open on Thursday at 7 a.m.
  • City suspended city-assisted voluntary transportation program, which moved more than 800 residents to areas outside the impact zone
  • City is preparing for return of residents from state-run emergency shelters starting Thursday
  • Nine of the 32 facilities accessed determined uninhabitable; closed by NOHD
  • City has evaluated several senior facilities have cleared them to reopen
  • Over 111K Orleans Parish households registered with FEMA disaster assistance
  • FEMA has approved $59 million for Orleans Parish residents
  • Entergy has reported 83 percent of the city has had power restored, 90 percent expected by nightfall
  • Curfew lifted at 6 a.m. Wednesday morning
  • Sewer Pumping Stations | Sewer Treatment Plant
    • 5 out of 84 Sewer Pump Stations are not yet operational
    • SWBNO Networks Department is utilizing a fleet of vac trucks and flush trucks to pump out stations as they fill up and respond to back-ups
    • Closing bypass valves to divert all flow to the East Bank Wastewater Treatment Plant; treatment plant operations are beginning to normalize
  • Drinking Water
    • Water Pressure and water quality are stable – Orleans Parish is NOT under a precautionary boil water advisory
    • SWBNO Water Plant in Algiers is supplying neighboring parishes with water via filling stations in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Health
  • Call 52-WATER, if you are experiencing or see a sewage back up or have low or no water pressure, or visit swbno.org to report water and sewer emergencies
  • The Orleans Parish Civil District Court, First City Court, Second City Court, and Criminal District Court will remain closed until Sunday, Sept. 19; will resume normal operations on Monday, Sept. 20
  • The Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, along with Municipal and Traffic Courts remain closed until further notice
  • Cases scheduled to be heard during the closure will be rescheduled as soon as possible
  • The network of charter schools will reopen between Sept. 15-22
  • This plan depends on continued power restoration and the availability of essential city services provided to returning families
  • All schools will notify families of individual reopening dates by Friday, Sept. 10
  • As schools reopen, COVID-19 safety will remain a top priority; students are encouraged to get tested before returning to school; testing programs at individual schools will be reinstituted

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