Recovery update from the City of New Orleans

Published: Aug. 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM CDT
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FOX 8 News received these news releases from the City of New Orleans Tuesday evening:


NEW ORLEANS, LA- Today, the City of New Orleans Office of Economic Development encouraged residents and businesses needing disaster recovery assistance following Hurricane Isaac to utilize a number of resources.

These resources will provide information and helpful opportunities for New Orleans' business owners and entrepreneurs.


The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has resources available to residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Isaac. Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to impacted residents and businesses in the following Orleans parish.

Loans are available to businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations for up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other assets and meet working capital needs caused by disaster.

Available loans:

• SBA Physical Disaster Loans;

• SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL);

• Home and Property Disaster Loans; and

• Disaster Assistance Loans.

Three ways to apply

Apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center:

Orleans Parish

19808 Chef Menteur Highway

New Orleans, LA 70129

Mondays – Sundays 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Apply online using SBA's secure Web site :

Apply by mailing your application to:


14925 Kingsport Rd.

Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

SBA representatives are available to meet individually with Louisiana residents and business owners to explain how an SBA low-interest disaster loan can help pay for their disaster losses. These representatives will answer any questions, issue disaster loan applications, help each individual complete their application and accept completed applications.

In addition, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing, or visiting SBA's Web site at Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877 8339.


The Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) website includes step-by-step guidance, and the Post Disaster Insurance Guide with information on filing a claim for hurricane damage, minimizing your loss, cleaning up after the storm, things to consider when hiring a contractor, dealing with health insurance, life insurance or business insurance after a storm, and much more.

For more information please visit the LDI website at or call (800) 259-5300.

Post Storm Tips:

If you have fallen victim to a severe storm and have sustained property damage to your premises, you should do the following:

• Take reasonable steps to prevent further damage to your property. Insurers may allow for reimbursement of reasonable expenses incurred until they can inspect the premises (taking temporary measures to secure the premises if openings are breached, moving undamaged furniture or other vulnerable property from an area where a breach has occurred raising the potential for further damage, etc.).

• Contact your insurance agent or insurance company right away to verify coverage applies.

• Let them know that damage has occurred, the nature of the damage, and the date of occurrence.

• It will be helpful that you have your insurance policies or numbers available to facilitate the report of your claim.

• Provide your agent and/or company with good contact information.

• Take photographs/video of the damage, if possible, or otherwise document the damage that has occurred.

• Do not make any permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the property and you and they have reached an agreement as to the extent and cost of the necessary repair, or they have authorized you (in writing) to proceed with the repair.

• Do not throw out damaged property before your insurance company has seen it, particularly larger items such as furniture, or items of significant expense.

• Save all receipts for expenses incurred as a result of the loss. This should be submitted to your insurance company for review.



City to begin Spraying for Mosquitos Tuesday, September 4th

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) urged residents to protect themselves from West Nile Virus (WNV), in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and after the large amount of rainfall due to last week's hurricane, it is imperative for residents to remain vigilant in eliminating or treating standing water and wearing mosquito repellant when exposed to mosquitoes.

The heavy rains and strong winds from Hurricane Isaac created the accumulation of debris and standing water which can serve as mosquito breeding sites. The continued power outages and large number of people that remained in the area and sheltered in place increases exposure to potentially infected mosquitoes. While mosquito infection rates have been declining, the risk of transmission can last well into the fall months. NOMTCB is resuming West Nile virus surveillance by collecting and testing mosquitoes.

There have been 9 confirmed West Nile fatalities in Louisiana this year. This serves as a reminder of the potentially serious nature of WNV. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will release updated statistics this Friday. The virus can cause severe symptoms, especially for those 65 years old and older, but everyone should take precautions.

Residents can avoid mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, reducing the number of mosquitoes around the home and maintaining screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes from getting in. Prevention is also aided by wearing repellants containing DEET or approved DEET alternatives when cleaning up yard debris, sitting outside in the evening or any other time one is exposed to mosquitoes.

Residents are reminded to:

• Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water;

• Empty containers and change water in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths and kiddie pools;

• Make sure culverts and ditches are clear so that water can flow through them during heavy rains; and

• Clear gutters of leaves and debris.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will resume an aggressive aerial and truck application program targeting the "southern house mosquito," beginning the evening of Tuesday, September 4, 2012. In addition, crews will be applying larvicides to storm drains, non-functioning pools and fountains and other areas with standing water.

Residents are encouraged to contact the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board to treat standing water, report abandoned pools, or with any other questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes or West Nile virus at (504) 658-2400 or email



Warns of Hidden Hazards

NEW ORLEANS, LA – In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the City of New Orleans is advising residents to take safety precautions in regards to trees affected by the storm.

The impact of a major storm on trees may not be obvious, but storm affected trees may cause serious damage and harm. Limbs may split or break and branches can come crashing down during high winds. There are dangerous risks associated with storm damaged trees, which can cause personal injury and property damage.

"We are reminding residents of the serious dangers that are posed by trees that have been compromised by Hurricane Isaac," said Deputy Mayor for Operations Michelle L. Thomas. "As we work to clear the damage and debris caused by the storm, we are asking residents to stay vigilant and alert as they move about the city, particularly when jogging or walking pets along streets that have mature trees. Please exercise great caution to avoid preventable accidents."

The City is continuing to remove damaged trees and debris.



NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans offered safety tips to residents who as a result of Hurricane Isaac may find themselves facing the growth of mold.

City health officials caution that the health effects from mold can be serious for those with pre-existing health conditions such as allergies and asthma.

Mold thrives in continuously wet conditions and can start to grow within 24 hours after a flood. Mold spores can cause allergy symptoms, headaches, bronchitis, asthma attacks, lung irritation and skin rashes. People with asthma or other pulmonary illnesses, compromised immune systems, infants and the elderly are more likely to develop mold-related illnesses.

If large areas of mold growth are present, professional mold assessment and/or clean up assistance may be needed. Professional mold contractors must have valid licenses with the State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Residents are encouraged to reach out to their own doctors or clinics if they are having symptoms. If residents don't have a doctor, they can find a low or no cost clinic at

In order to control mold, City health officials offer the following suggestions:

•Flooded homes should be thoroughly dried out, a process that may take several days or weeks.

•Wet carpet and padding should be removed and discarded.

•Porous materials – those that absorb water – such as sheetrock, some paneling, fiberglass insulation, cellulose insulation, mattresses, pillows, wallpaper and upholstered furniture should be discarded.

•Sheetrock and other porous wallboards should be removed to at least 12 inches above the water line. Check for wicking, the upward movement of moisture to higher levels.

•Clean wall studs where wallboard has been removed and allow them to dry completely.

•Floors, concrete or brick walls, countertops, plastic, glass and other non-porous materials should be washed with soap and water and then with a solution of one to two cups of bleach to a gallon of water and allowed to completely dry.

•Wear rubber gloves and eye protection when using bleach and make sure area is well ventilated. Don't mix bleach and ammonia. Consider using an N-95 rated dust mask if heavy concentrations of mold are already growing.

•Materials that cannot be effectively cleaned and dried should be placed in sealed plastic bags to prevent the spread of mold spores.

•People allergic to mold and people with asthma or other respiratory conditions should not do mold cleanup.

For more information on mold-related issues, including cleanup and moisture control, residents are urged to visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) website at or contact the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, Office of Public Health at 1-888-293-7020.

For more recovery information from city officials, go online to