Tornado Resources

A tornado hit the New Orleans East area on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

Emergency crews are working around the clock to respond to resident calls. Approximately 250 properties were affected over the 2 to 2.5 mile tornado path.

Temporary Shelter Available

The City has opened a temporary shelter at the Joe W. Brown Recreation Center at 5601 Read Blvd. in New Orleans, LA for impacted residents. Resources for pets are also provided but they will not be guaranteed shelter within the facility. Food, water, cots and blankets are available to those who utilize the shelter overnight. The New Orleans Health Department, with support from the Red Cross, Catholic Charities and NOFD, is providing basic medical care and prescription assistance. Starting tomorrow, food, water and cleaning supplies will be available for pick up.

RTA is providing shuttle service to the shelter for residents without transportation. Pick up points for Shelter Shuttle Service are as follows:
  • Dwyer Road and Wilson Avenue
  • Dwyer Road and Crowder Boulevard
  • Dwyer Road and Wright Road
This shelter is NOT able to accept food, clothing, other donations or volunteers at this time.

No Reported Fatalities
  • At this time there are no reported fatalities. Thirty-one injuries have been reported, five of them being moderate to severe injuries.
School Closures
The following schools are closed:
  • Martin Luther King Elementary & High School
  • Joseph A. Craig Charter School
  • ReNew Schaumburg Elementary
  • Einstein Sherwood Forest Elementary
  • Einstein Campus
  • Einstein High School
Entergy Updates
  • Entergy estimates that approximately 9,400 Orleans Parish residents are currently without power. Crews are working around the clock and expect to have all power restored in 3 to 5 days.
  • Customers are encouraged to go to to sign up for text messages. Residents may call 1-800-9OUTAGE to report outages or downed power lines.
Transportation Updates and Route Detours

The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in New Orleans East has been greatly impacted by the tornado and a number of detours are in place. The detours are as follows:

Bus Route 64-LakeForest
  • Outbound Vehicles traveling farther into the eastern neighborhoods toward Michoud will depart from Walmart make a U-turn to I-10 East, continue to 510, buses will exit at Chef Menteur Hwy. and return to regular route from this point.
  • Inbound vehicles traveling toward downtown will depart Michoud, travel to Chef Menteur Hwy to 510, continue to I-10 West to Bullard exit then take a left on Bullard to Walmart and return to regular route.
  • No service will be provided on Bullard between Lake Forest and Chef Menteur Highway at this time.

Bus Route 65-Crowder/Read Boulevards

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CERM Building, Suite 415,
New Orleans, LA 70122

Phone: (504) 280-2309
Fax: (504) 280-2312
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