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
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.
The following schools are closed:
Martin Luther King Elementary & High School
Joseph A. Craig Charter School
ReNew Schaumburg Elementary
Einstein Sherwood Forest Elementary
Einstein High School
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