New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley says his department performed well during Hurricane Gustav; he checked with the department's Public Integrity Division and no complaints have been filed against officers. He says officers will continue to concentrate on anti-looting measures. About 50 people have been arrested for multiple counts of looting, and the number of incidents is declining.
While people in New Orleans get back to their routines after Hurricane Gustav, some in the Louisiana National Guard have put their own recovery on hold while they pitch in where they're assigned.
Some members of the 141st Field Artillery unit took a break from setting up distribution points for people to pick up food and supplies to speak with WWNO. They had all been in Baghdad when Hurricane Katrina hit.
The levees of New Orleans held fast against Hurricane Gustav but several more storms — including Hanna, Ike and Josephine — are now forming. Hurricane expert Ivor van Heerden discusses the levee reconstruction project and how New Orleans will fare during what is expected to be an active hurricane season.
Van Heerden is author of The Storm: What Went Wrong and Why During Hurricane Katrina.
For the duration of Hurricane Gustav, WWNO will broadcast network programming. We are doing this so that our staff and their families may safely evacuate. We will return as soon as possible after the storm.
Best Wishes For Everyone's Saftey, Paul Maassen WWNO GM.
Current info on the storm http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
Here is a list of some of the State agencies and other hurricane related resources:
American Red Cross www.preparelouisiana.redcross.org (866) GET-INFO or (866) 438-4636
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America's black mayors wrap up their annual meeting today in New Orleans. It began the day after Barack Obama sealed the Democratic nomination for president. The National Conference of Black Mayors won't be endorsing anyone in the race though. That would endanger the group's nonprofit tax status. But one of the mayors did say it would be very easy for you to guess who they'll be backing.
It may be Super Tuesday elsewhere, but in New Orleans, it's Fat Tuesday — Mardi Gras — the third since Hurricane Katrina. And with 12 days of parades and parties, the city is almost as festive as before the storm.
By 8 a.m. Tuesday, hundreds of people were gathering at the corner of Claiborne and Jackson for the start of the Zulu parade.
Larry Roy, resplendent in face paint, red satin coat and headdress, is the Zulu Krewe's Minister of Fun.
And as for any lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina, he said things have gotten better.