NEW ORLEANS, LA- Today, the City of New Orleans updated residents on post-Isaac clean up. Deputy Mayor for Operations Michelle Thomas is leading a comprehensive, cross-sector coalition of City departments, private contractors and public and private sector partners to clear the city of debris left behind by Hurricane Isaac.
This weekend the clean-up effort was ramped up and the number of crews working grew steadily. By late Saturday afternoon, there were more than 100 crews on the streets. Those crews are supplemented by over 200 temporary laborers. On Sunday, over 12,000 cubic yards of debris was disposed of, for a cumulative of 56,524.03 cubic yards of debris.
Agencies participating in the clean-up include Parks and Parkways, Sanitation, Sewerage and Water Board, the Downtown Development District, City contractors, and the Louisana National Guard.
Crews are deployed citywide, with priority on primary traffic corridors, secondary corridors, major parks and playgrounds, and then 311 work orders in interior streets. Regular garbage pickup resumed on Friday, August 31. Residents are reminded to please leave garbage curbside. Do not place debris and trash on the neutral ground.
A map of streets where the first pass of debris removal is completed is attached.
In addition to clean-up, dozens of Department of Public Works (DPW) employees have been involved in the recovery operations including towing flooded vehicles, cleaning drainage catch basins, securing fallen streetlights and traffic signal lights, assessing and repairing damaged traffic signals and traffic signs, supporting debris removal operation and making temporary street repairs.
DPW has completed damage assessments on all 460 signalized intersections in the city of New Orleans. 213 showed no visible signs of damage. 247 intersections with traffic signals sustained some type of visible damage during the storm, and at this time all of these have been repaired. 73 traffic signal lights were blown down during the storm and 35 have been replaced so far. Temporary repairs have been made to the remaining 38 intersections. Each intersection in the city has at least one functioning traffic signal. DPW estimates that it will take two weeks to complete all of the repairs needed to return the City’s traffic signal system to its pre-storm condition.
Key intersections that need additional repairs include:
• General DeGaulle Dr. & Woodland Dr.
• Poydras St. at S. Robertson St.
There are approximately 150,000 traffic control and street name signs in the city of New Orleans. As of Monday, September 10, 424 signs have been repaired or replaced. First priority is given to safety related signage (i.e. stop signs, one way signs, turn signs yield signs) and then to street name signs.
There are over 54,000 streetlights in the city of New Orleans. To date, DPW has picked up and secured 104 knocked down or leaning streetlights. The City estimates that it will take three weeks to complete a damage assessment of all streetlights in the city. Before Hurricane Isaac, there were over 7,000 streetlight outages that DPW was working to fix.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
DPW has deployed 5 vacuum trucks. To date, 389 catch basins and 40,550 linear feet (7.7 miles) have been cleaned of debris. To add capacity, the City of New Orleans has mobilized a contractor to add 2 additional vacuum trucks to clean debris from catch basins and clogged drain lines starting today.
Citizens are encouraged to call 311 to report non-emergency service requests.
EMERGENCY COOLING SHELTER NOW CLOSED
The City also announced today that the emergency cooling shelter at the St. Bernard Center in Gentilly is now closed.