Mayor Cantrell: "Everyone needs to take this very seriously"


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Saturday announced there will be a mandatory evacuation for areas outside of the levee risk reduction system as the city expects Tropical Storm Sally to impact the area as a hurricane early next week.

"We're taking the same precautions as we did for Laura, preparing for Sally," the mayor said. "I am issuing a mandatory evacuation order for residents outside of out levee protection system. This will begin tomorrow at 6:00 p.m."

The evacuation effects residents of Lake Catherine, Venetian Isles, and Irish Bayou.

The mayor said parking restrictions will be lifted at 6:00 p.m. Car owners can park their cars on neutral grounds and sidewalks, as long as they don't block bike paths, streetcars tracks, and sidewalks.

Unlike recent storms, the city will make sandbags available to residents. The sand bags will be available at the Dryades YMCA in Central City (2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.), the Arthur Monday Center in Algiers (1111 Newton Street), the parking lot of the former Sam's Club in New Orleans East (6901 Bundy Rd.), and the Milne Recreation Center at the corner of Franklin Ave. and Filmore Ave.

"There is a chance for intensification on this storm," said Collin Arnold, director of the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. "You always look at one level above where you're at."

Sewerage and Water Board Director Ghassan Korban said 97 of the city's 99 drainage pumps are in service. He said they are working to restore the other two pumps to service as soon as possible.

Korban said one pump, in New Orleans East, drains a sparsely populated area that is mainly green space. The other pump is at Drainage Pumping Station 13, which handles most of Algiers.