NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that all City government offices and services will resume normal operations tomorrow, Thursday, January 30, 2013. Additionally, all Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), Recovery School District (RSD) and Archdiocese of New Orleans schools will reopen tomorrow.
City Hall and municipal courts will resume regular hours tomorrow. City services, including garbage and recycling pickup, will operate as scheduled. All New Orleans Recreation Department Commission (NORDC) facilities and New Orleans Public Library branches will reopen tomorrow. The Sewerage and Water Board’s offices will also reopen tomorrow.
Mayor Landrieu urged residents to continue to exercise caution as conditions improve following Tuesday’s winter storm, which left icy road conditions throughout the metro area. Earlier today, the National Weather Service cancelled a Winter Storm Warning for Orleans Parish and issued a Hard Freeze Warning until 9 a.m. tomorrow.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is still activated and operating around the clock through this weather event and the City is continuing to monitor conditions and coordinate with surrounding parishes and the State to ensure the safety of residents.
NOLA 311 began operating 24 hours a day this morning until further notice. Residents are encouraged to call NOLA 311 for non-emergency information related to winter weather.
With a Hard Freeze Warning in effect through tomorrow morning, all citizens should take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from the potentially dangerous effects of this weather. Exposure to temperatures near freezing, combined with strong winds, for an extended period of time can cause serious medical problems. Citizens are also encouraged to check on neighbors and the elderly to make sure they are prepared. To be safe, follow these tips while outside:
Be aware of the wind chill factor;
Wear layers, hat, and gloves;
Carry a cell phone; and
Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
CITYWIDE FREEZE PLAN ACTIVATION
The City's Freeze Plan remains in effect until Thursday, January 30, 2014 to provide temporary shelter for homeless citizens. Weather conditions will require all individuals to seek shelter.
Persons needing shelter will be accepted at the following locations under the following conditions:
The Salvation Army, 4530 South Claiborne Avenue – will accept males and females beginning at 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 27.
Ozanam Inn, 843 Camp Street – will accept males only beginning at 2:00 p.m. today.
Covenant House, 611 North Rampart Street – will accept males and females between the ages 16-21, their dependent children, and any female with dependent minor children. Mothers with small children may come anytime.
New Orleans Mission, 1130 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. – will only accept male or female adults beginning at 2:00 p.m. today.
Allie Mae Williams Center, 2222 Simon Bolivar – City operated warming shelter will remain open to males and females until the emergency ends.
All shelters are open free of charge to those seeking shelter during this period of inclement weather.
Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to ready.nola.gov. This service allows City officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information. In addition to the website, the City operates a Twitter handle: @nolaready.