NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - New Orleans city officials discussed the city’s recovery following Hurricane Zeta.
Many parts of the city remained without power Friday as Entergy crews worked to restore electricity across the city.
Mayor Latoya Cantrell says the city has met with Governor John Bel Edwards and FEMA about the city’s recovry efforts. Cantrell requested additional man power for police and the Parks and Parkways departments and the governor agreed to send the Louisiana National Guard to help.
The city is asking that residents do not dump their debirs along the levees and reminds those who are looking to dump their storm debris that it is illegal.
FEMA has delivered 2,500 traps for residents who need them. The tarps will be distributed in each council district with the help of the New Orleans City Council.
Due to Hurricane Zeta, Cantrell says the city will not move into Phase 3.3 this weekend as originally planned. This is due to the decreased COVID-19 testing levels because of the storm. The city expects that testing will resume on Monday.
With the election just a few days away, Mayor Cantrell says she has asked Entergy to prioritize restoring power to polling locations before Tuesday. So far 54 polling locations remain without power. Residents can continue to drop off their ballots at City Hall.
As of Friday morning, Entergy has restored power to more than 80,000 customers. Since Wednesday night, Entergy has worked to make sure critical infrastructures such as hospitals and nursing homes had power restored first. Now, Entergy says they will be moving to restore power to residential areas.
Residents who need to report property damage should report it to damage.la.gov. By reporting the damage, residents can help the city and the state with storm damage assessments.
The New Orleans Department of Health with the help of the Louisiana Department of Health will be opening three oxygen exchange sites across the city. Those who are in need of oxygen will be able to exchange an empty tank for a full tank for free. The three locations will be open Friday, October 30 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
- New Orleans Fire Station 1, 2920 Magazine St.
- New Orleans Fire Station 27, 2118 Elysian Fields Ave.
- New Orleans Fire Station 40, 2500 General DeGaulle Drive
Rosenwald Recreation Center will also serve as a medical device recharging site.
To stay updated on the city’s recovery plans follwoing Hurricane Zeta, visit https://ready.nola.gov/ or text ZETA to 888777 for alerts from the city.
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