Susan Buchanan: New Orleans Fixes Red Lights After Isaac but Streetlights Are a Worry
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This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Sept. 17, 2012 edition.
Red-and-green traffic lights in New Orleans and nearby Jefferson Parish were mended within two weeks after Hurricane Isaac pushed up the city's West Bank on August 29. Stop signs are still being repaired, however, and streetlights illuminating roads will take longer to fix. Newly damaged streetlights have added to a big backlog that Mayor Mitch Landrieu had hoped to have fully working by year's end. The city's streetlights are still recovering from Katrina seven years ago.
Last week, Mayor Landrieu, Senator Mary Landrieu and U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond announced that the city, along with the state's Office of Emergency Preparedness, had been awarded $27.3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA grants for costs associated with Issac. Of that, $6 million is to repair traffic signals, replace signs, restore damaged streetlights and clear street drains in New Orleans.
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