WWNO News Reports
8:04 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Mayor Landrieu Asks Public For Help With Storm Recovery

New Orleans, LA – Mayor Landrieu says Tropical Storm Lee can still drop a few more inches of rain before it's over.
"Let's not be lulled to sleep by the breaks that we've had. I'm asking everybody to stay alert. And use all of these breaks, again, to clean you catch basins and your storm drains, and also notice that because we've had so much rain there's a lot of saturation so the water's not going to move out as fast as it has done."
He says some street flooding remains, and a massive sink hole developed on Broadway near Maple Street. That area is expected to be closed for repairs. He says the 3-1-1 service line has taken several hundred calls for problems not related to the storm. He's asking residents to report general complaints after the storm is over.
"We also encourage residents to check their yards for standing water, and turn over any containers you have with water in them. This is where mosquitoes breed. It takes seven to 10 days to do that, but as this system moves out of our way, I think that if we get to that quickly we will alleviate another problem that may come our way."
Landrieu says trash collections will continue as scheduled on routes not blocked by flooding, but he's asking that residents remove the trash bins as soon as possible because wind gusts could return.
"In a couple of days we'll do an after-action review, not only with our team but with the citizens to make sure that we begin to fill the gaps that we've all noticed in all of our hurricane preparations as well. And again we encourage the residents to use this opportunity to refine your hurricane plans."
Landrieu says it is, after all, the height of hurricane season.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.