Jessica Rosgaard

Flood Recovery Editor

Jessica Rosgaard is the Editor/Producer for ongoing flood coverage under a new collaboration between WWNO-New Orleans, WRKF-Baton Rouge, and KRVS-Lafayette. The project serves the community through in-depth reporting on issues impacting flood recovery efforts, as well as informing the listening audience about important dates, deadlines, and resources to aid in personal recovery.

Before joining WWNO, Jessica was the New Orleans producer for Al Jazeera America. A native New Yorker, she graduated from The George Washington University and made DC her second home, working for CNN, Current TV, and The Washington Post before moving to New Orleans.

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Beads are sorted and resold at ARC of Greater New Orleans.
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Although Mardi Gras is all about excess, the piles of abandoned beads, cups and recyclable trash left in a parade's wake are nothing to celebrate. In fact, a staggering statistic emerged a few weeks ago — city workers found 93,000 pounds of Mardi Gras beads clogging New Orleans catch basins. 

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Road conditions are improving as southeast Louisiana continues to thaw from a deep freeze. But problems with the water system have school districts closed and city officials warning residents to be prepared for a few more difficult days ahead.

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Carnival season in New Orleans kicks off on January 6th with Twelfth Night celebrations across the city - including the 10th ride of the Krewe of Joan of Arc. WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard sat down with the Krewe's president and founder, Amy Kirk Duvoisin, to talk about why the Krewe celebrates the Maid of Orléans, France.

The Krewe of Joan of Arc parade walks through the French Quarter on Saturday night starting at 6pm. A Tricentennial fireworks celebration follows at 9pm along the riverfront.

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The New Orleans mayoral election is Saturday. WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard sat down with both candidates. Here is her interview with councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, conducted on Monday, Nov. 13.

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The New Orleans mayoral election is Saturday. WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard sat down with both candidates. Here is her interview with former municipal court judge Desiree Charbonnet, conducted on Thursday, Nov. 16.

Louisiana's Severe Repetitive Loss Problem

Oct 5, 2017

Properties that flood over and over again are a longstanding problem for FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program. Around 30,000 of the most frequently flooded homes in the country make up less than a percent of the total insured pool, but pull down around 10 percent of total claim dollars.

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New Orleans mayoral candidates took part in two debates Wednesday night, each candidate attempting to stand out, but often overlapping with one another on answers to the city's education, crime and infrastructure problems.

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Editor's Note: See the latest news and updates on Harvey.

As Louisiana braces for heavy rain from Tropical Storm Harvey, officials in New Orleans announced that one of the city’s drainage pumps is being repaired — after a motor caught fire Monday.

The announcement from Mayor Mitch Landrieu came after 4 inches of rain earlier in the day caused street flooding in neighborhoods across the city. 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards toured flood damage in New Orleans Monday. Edwards and Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke to business owners and residents in the Treme where cleanup is underway.

Windell Bean’s family has owned their home on St. Ann for 53 years. Other than Katrina, the house hasn’t flooded since 1978. That is until Saturday, when it took on 4 inches of water.

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86 thousand homes in Louisiana had damage from flooding last year, and state recovery officials are working to distribute federal recovery dollars to flood victims. In order to find out who flooded and how badly, the state set up a survey; only 31 thousand households have filled it out.

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