Due to this afternoon’s storms, there are numerous reports of stopped traffic, signals out, wires down and live wires on vehicles. Additionally, a semi-truck lost a load of corn, closing the Beltline between Fish Hatchery Road and Park Street.
Cars are reported covered in water up to their windshields in the Randall-Monroe street area.
Yikes, no place is safe from the vagaries of Weather. D writes from the University of Wisconsin Division of Information Technology, “Our platform is flooding and we have to shutdown our servers, this is bad, I will most likely be offline in a little bit. I’ll call you tonight and give you the details.”
All I can think of is Ashley’s reaction to this, “They should have known better than to live there.” I’m sorry you’re getting rained on so badly. However, “when I tell people in the US that I live in New Orleans, that’s the kind of thing they tell me.”
The UW is probably smart enough to have backup data in another geographic location and the backbone will be up and running in no time. Once every last drop of water has been sucked out of the platform location. Hope you have a lot of blow dryers, wet-vacs and generators handy.
Speaking of wet neighborhoods, I am miffed that almost no one knows about the New Orleans Community Support Foundation’s meeting and its vital importance to neighborhood associations who need LRA and Rockefeller money to plan community revitalization. I’ve written about it at NO Metroblogs in the hope that it will get more advertising:
The upshot of this post is that if you don’t make it to the New Orleans Community Support Foundation meeting this Sunday, your neighborhood will have a planner picked for you. The abject lack of advertising for this very crucial meeting doesn’t sit well with me. You may ask, “So what if a planner is picked for my neighborhood?” Your input was not actively solicited, it’s supposedly a city-wide meeting and where’s the democracy in the process if it isn’t advertised far and wide.
… This is something that should be blared from the TP, nola.com, TV and radio stations and flyers all over the city and evacuation centers. As a friend remarked today, “So much for democracy.”
If the NOCSF truly supports communities and acts on their behalf, the least they can do is better advertising. City-wide means exactly that and not “some people.” I hope a lot of individuals show up as well as nascent and well-established neighborhood associations. Sunday – July 30th – 12-4pm – Pavilion of Two Sisters in City Park – drop whatever it is you have planned and assist in your neighborhood’s planning and recovery process.
- Unified Planning Process at ThinkNOLA Wiki
- Bayou Buzz: New Orleans Citizens, Planners Question Neighborhood Rebuild Process
- New Orleans Rebuilding Plan Essay Contest
- Becky Houtman’s Post On The UNOP Meetings
- Mark Folse’s Flowchart Of The Plan
And now, ladies and gentlemen, it’s going to rain in New Orleans. Again.
The southern Wisconsin – southern Louisiana connection grows: 2 Millionth has a degree from UW-Madison! Also, don’t forget that City Councilman Arnie Fielkow hails from Appleton, WI and has a JD from the fabulous UW as well. (His wife, Susan, is a sweetheart and very generous hostess.) We’re everywhere!