The Algiers Bonfire 2018 on the Mississippi River in New Orleans
Watch as the annual Algiers Bonfire welcomes the winter holiday season to the West Bank of New Orleans on Saturday (Dec. 1). Artist Eric Arvidson designed the fire in the shape of a small house, with an exposed living room charmingly decorated with a chandelier, a fireplace hung with stockings, and a Christmas tree surrounded by presents.
New Orleans' levees won't be up to standard as early as 2023; Louisiana will need $200 million to fi
The Corps warns that the levees “will no longer provide the 1 percent level of risk reduction as early as 2023.
New Orleans, Louisiana - French Quarter - Complete Tour (2020)
The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. After New Orleans (La Nouvelle-Orléans in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city developed around the Vieux Carré (Old Square in English), a central square. The district is more commonly called the French Quarter today, or simply The Quarter, related to changes in the city with American immigration after the Louisiana Purchase. Most of the extant historic buildings were constructed either in the late 18th century, during the city's period of Spanish rule, or were built during the first half of the 19th century, after U.S. annexation and statehood.
The district as a whole has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, with numerous contributing buildings that are separately deemed significant. It is a prime tourist destination in the city, as well as attracting local residents. Because of its distance from areas where the levee was breached during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as well as the strength and height of the nearest Mississippi River Levees in contrast to other levees along the canals and lakefront, it suffered relatively light damage from floodwater as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region.
New Orleans is a consolidated city-parish located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern region of the U.S. state of Louisiana. With an estimated population of 391,006 in 2018, it is the most populous city in Louisiana. Serving as a major port, New Orleans is considered an economic and commercial hub for the broader Gulf Coast region of the United States.
New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street. The city has been described as the most unique in the United States, owing in large part to its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. Founded in 1718 by French colonists, New Orleans was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana before being traded to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. New Orleans in 1840 was the third-most populous city in the United States, and it was the largest city in the American South from the Antebellum era until after World War II. The city's location and flat elevation have historically made it very vulnerable to flooding. State and federal authorities have installed a complex system of levees and drainage pumps in an effort to protect the city.
New Orleans was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, which resulted in flooding more than 80% of the city, thousands of deaths, and so much displacement because of damaged communities and lost housing as to cause a population decline of over 50%. Since Katrina, major redevelopment efforts have led to a rebound in the city's population. Concerns about gentrification, new residents buying property in formerly closely knit communities, and displacement of longtime residents have been expressed.
New Orleans Neighborhoods #11 - 2018 - Lower Ninth Ward/Holy Cross (Revisited)
New Orleans Neighborhoods #11 - 2018 - Lower Ninth Ward/Holy Cross (Revisited)
We return to the Holy Cross/Lower Ninth Ward neighborhoods, to see a bit more of the area, and some of the changes that have taken place since our last video here two years ago.
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Street flooding along General De Gaulle Drive in Algiers on Sunday, May 12, 2019. (Video by Kevinisha Walker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA DOWNTOWN PT 2 OF 3
Part 2 of 3
An early morning drive through downtown New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of the streets/avenues include: Tulane, S Rampart, Poydras, Cardondelet, Bourbon, Iberville, Decatur, Tchoupitoulas, Lafayette, Magazine, Julia, Cardondelet & Canal.
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New Orleans is world-renowned for its distinct music, Creole cuisine, unique dialect, and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras.
The historic heart of the city is the French Quarter, known for its French and Spanish Creole architecture and vibrant nightlife along Bourbon Street.
The city has been described as the most unique” in the United States, owing in large part to its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. Founded in 1718 by French colonists, New Orleans was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana before being traded to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.
New Orleans was once the third-most populous city in the United States and it was the largest city in the American South from the Antebellum era until after World War II. The city's location and low elevation have historically made it very vulnerable to flooding, leading to the installation of a complex system of levees and drainage pumps.
New Orleans was severely affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, flooding over 80% of the city and causing a population decline of over 50% Since Katrina, the city has been the site of major redevelopment efforts that have led to a rebound in the city's population, although concerns about gentrification and displacement have arose.
The city and Orleans Parish (French: paroisse d'Orléans) are coterminous. As of 2017, Orleans Parish is the third most-populous parish in Louisiana, behind East Baton Rouge Parish and neighboring Jefferson Parish.
The city and parish are bounded by St. Tammany Parish and Lake Pontchartrain to the north, St. Bernard Parish and Lake Borgne to the east, Plaquemines Parish to the south, and Jefferson Parish to the south and west.
The city anchors the larger New Orleans metropolitan area which had an estimated population of 1,275,762 in 2017, making it the most populous metropolitan area in Louisiana and the 46th-most populated in the United States
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Watch: Louisiana crews assemble massive wooden alligator for Christmas bonfire
A crew attaches a 500-pound alligator head to its more than 60-foot-long body. The wooden creature was crafted for the annual Christmas bonfires.
Another massive sinkhole develops in New Orleans
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7-12-2019 Grand Isle, La Tropical Storm Barry, storm surge causing problems along La coast, drone
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As Tropical Storm Barry strengthens and moves towards the Louisiana Coast storm surge begins to push in flooding roads in Grand Isle.
Shots of homes and roads flooded, drone shots of the surge flooding Grand Isle with a rainbow in the background. Trucks driving through the surge and rolling shots of surge pushing inland from bay side. Conditions here should continue to deteriorate until roads are impassable later today.
Grenoble House in New Orleans LA
Reserve: . . .. .. ... . . . . . . .. .. .. Grenoble House 323 Dauphine Street New Orleans LA 70112 This historic New Orleans hotel features modern conveniences in a nineteenth-century town home within walking distance of Bourbon Street. Each of the suites at Grenoble House has a full kitchen equipped with modern appliances and kitchenware. A dining table, a work desk, and cable TV are also provided. Guests at New Orleans Grenoble House will enjoy a large courtyard with a refreshing outdoor swimming pool. Free wireless internet is accessible throughout the property. A free continental breakfast is served each morning at Grenoble House for added convenience. Ernest Morial Convention Centre and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are each within about 1.5 miles of Grenoble House.
Development Opportunity - Heavy Industrial - Mississippi River
The Kaiser Tract, located along the Mississippi River adjacent to the Port of St. Bernard and the Chalmette Terminal, is a portion of the former Kaiser Aluminum Chalmette Facility. The property is zoned heavy industrial and offers almost 40 acres of undeveloped land with a myriad of potential uses. The Kaiser facility was closed in 1991 and followed protocols set forth by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality’s (LDEQ). It is officially in a post-closure status and deemed viable for redevelopment.
Location & Property Details
The site contains 39.9 acres of prime land, surrounded by the St. Bernard Industrial Business Park, includes 948 feet along the Mississippi River Levee. The dimensions are approximately 948 x 2002 x 1829 x 926 feet. The battures along the river are managed by the Port of St. Bernard while the US Corps of Engineers regulates riverfront permits and area levees.
The tract is located approximately 8 miles from New Orleans by car and approximately 15 minutes at MM 89 AHP along the Mississippi River. Access is available from E. St. Bernard highway in Chalmette with an official address of 201 W. Marlin Road, Chalmette, LA 70043. There is also an automobile ferry from Paris Road in Chalmette to the Algiers neighborhood on the West Bank of Orleans Parish. Interstate 10 is approximately 10 miles.
The property immediately upriver and to the tract is the Chalmette Battlefield, operated by the National Park Service ( and the St. Bernard Port and Harbor Industrial Business Park is immediately adjacent downriver.
The site is just downriver from the Chalmette Terminal at MM 89.5. This terminal owned by the Port of St. Bernard and operated by Associated Terminals, includes an intermodal facility and industrial park. They also operate a midstream mooring facility with adjacent barge fleeting buoys. Additionally, the Port of New Orleans is just upriver from the site.
Several major industries and facilities operate nearby including the Domino Sugar Refinery, Exxon/Mobile Oil Refinery, Violet Ship Berths, Murphy Oil USA Refinery, and a 60-acre intermodal facility leased by Boasso America.
Norfolk Southern Railroad operates a railroad the runs along E. St. Bernard leading from the site through New Orleans. There is a large switching yard in nearby Arabi, Louisiana.
Primary Airport – MSY (23 Miles, approximately 40 minutes)
Interstates – I-10 (Primary) and I-610 (Spur leading to Chalmette) (10 Miles)
Highways – LA 39 (W. Judge Perez), LA 46 (E. St. Bernard) & LA 47 (Paris Road)
Rail – Norfolk Southern (BNSF, CN, CSXT, KCS, NS, UP)
Algiers-Chalmette Automobile Ferry
Electricity – Entergy Louisiana
Water – Municipal
Telecommunications – Cox, AT&T
Natural Gas – Atmos
Sewer - Municipal
Additional Information Regarding Closure of Kaiser Aluminum
The closure protocols set forth by LDEQ required that approximately 9 acres of the property be impounded or covered by approximately 20 feet of fill clay and topped with soil. For additional information regarding the impounded area, please contact Anne Comarda, Broker Associate at (504) 251-1020.
Possible Mississippi River Channel Switch?--Phenomenon Explained
Due to changes at Old River and increasing sedimentation, a channel switch for the Mississippi River to follow the Atchafalaya River's path to the Gulf of Mexico is becoming more likely, with all that stands in the way of this being the Old River Control Structures and the US Army Corps of Engineers' eternal vigilance.
How would a theoretical channel switch occur? What are the most likely locations (Which one has an ominous name?)? What would be the consequences for New Orleans? Baton Rouge? The Lower Atchafalaya Basin? The rest of the United States? What can be done to prepare for this event? All of these questions are answered in today's episode.
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For the effects on industrial plants on the Mississippi River, I reached out to BASF, Dow, Shell, Exxon, Entergy, Dupont, and the Port of South Louisiana to get some comments on the consequences of a channel switch. Unfortunately none of these companies responded to my requests.
Federal Law prevented me from recording around power plants and critical infrastructure, so please excuse the footage of boats sailing down the Mississippi used as a replacement.
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Army Corps of Engineers discuss the Mississippi River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman for the Corps New Orleans District office Ricky Boyett, and assistant manager of operations Albert Terry, Jr. discuss the dropping water level of the Mississippi River at an Algiers levee seepage site listed as
Here's what's going on with the Mississippi River at New Orleans ahead of Tropical Storm Barry
'We're expecting a sharp rise to 19 feet or so (Saturday) around noon ... remember that the city is protected to 20 feet plus.'
Rain Floods Algiers Streets For Hours
Drivers were stuck for hours in Algiers because of street flooding.
Road Trip #034 - Lapalco Blvd Westbound, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
A drive along Lapalco Blvd from Belle Chasse Hwy (LA-23) / Behrman Hwy (LA-428) in Gretna to its end at U.S. Highway 90 in Avondale.
00:10 Unincorporated Gretna, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
00:44 Wall Blvd.
01:11 Belle Meade Blvd.
01:20 Timberlane, Gretna, Louisiana
01:33 Harvey, Louisiana
01:49 Manhattan Blvd.
02:14 Apollo Ave.
02:26 Brooklyn Ave.
02:49 Harvey Canal / Lapalco Bridge
03:36 Woodmere Blvd. / Industrial Blvd.
03:54 Marrero, Louisiana
04:11 Promenade Blvd. (Former Belle Promenade Mall Site)
04:37 Barataria Blvd.
05:18 Ames Blvd.
05:38 Betty St. / Betty Blvd.
06:13 Westwood Dr.
06:48 Westwego, Louisiana
07:55 Bayou Segnette
08:22 Nicole Blvd. / Segnette Blvd.
08:50 Avondale, Louisiana
09:43 U.S. Highway 90
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Road Trip #149 - N Claiborne Ave - New Orleans, Louisiana
North Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans from beginning to end.
00:22 Orleans Parish / Jackson Barracks / Lower Ninth Ward
01:09 Tupelo St
01:51 Caffin Ave
02:31 Forstall St
02:45 Tennessee St
02:53 Judge Seeber Bridge / Industrial Canal
03:10 Bywater Neighborhood
03:35 Poland Ave
03:49 St. Claude Neighborhood
04:02 Mazant St
04:22 Alvar St
04:55 Desire St
05:35 Norfolk Southern Railroad Viaduct
06:07 Franklin Ave / St. Roch Neighborhood
06:46 St. Roch Ave
07:28 Elysian Fields Ave / LA-46 / Seventh Ward
08:33 St. Bernard Ave
09:23 Esplanade Ave / Treme-Lafitte Neighborhood
10:19 Orleans Ave
10:43 St. Louis St / Tulane-Gravier Neighborhood
11:05 Bienville St
11:26 Canal St
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Top Engineering Award for New Orleans District Projects
Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District projects take top honors at national engineering organization awards ceremony
This video was filmed during construction in August of 2010.
NEW ORLEANS -- Two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District projects took top honors at the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) awards program in Washington, D.C. yesterday. The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) Surge Barrier project won the esteemed Grand Conceptor Award for the most outstanding engineering achievement. The IHNC Surge Barrier project was also distinguished as one of eight Grand Award winners and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) West Closure Complex (WCC) as one of sixteen Honor Award winners.
These keystone projects are a critical part of the Corps&r squo; overall effort to reduce risk for the greater New Orleans area, said New Orleans District Commander Col. Ed Fleming. It is a great honor to have the efforts of our employees and contractors recognized by this prestigious organization, he added.
The ACEC award program, now in its 45th year, recognizes the year's most outstanding engineering accomplishments. Engineering projects from across the globe are rated in terms of uniqueness and innovation; future value to the engineering profession, as well as schedule and budget, etc.
The IHNC Surge Barrier and GIWW WCC projects are part of the Greater New Orleans Hurricane & Storm Damage Risk Reduction, which reduces the risk of flooding from a storm surge that has a once percent chance of occurring in any given year.
The 1.8-mile-long IHNC Surge Barrier is located at the confluence of the GIWW and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), a bout 12 miles east of downtown New Orleans. The project reduces the risk for some of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina, including New Orleans East, metro New Orleans, Gentilly, the Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish. The total construction value for the IHNC Surge Barrier is an estimated $1.1 billion.
The WCC is located approximately one half mile south of the confluence of the Harvey and Algiers canals on the GIWW, and significantly reduces the risk to a large area of the west bank by removing 26 miles of levees, floodwalls, a gate, and pumping stations along the Harvey and Algiers canals from the direct impacts of storm surge. The total construction value for the WCC is an estimated $1 billion.
Since hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast five years ago, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made significant progress on New Orleans' Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS). In collaboration with the State of Louisiana, Levee Authorities, local governments, academia, industry, and the public, the work continues at a rapid pace and the Corps remains committed to providing 100-year perimeter protection to the greater New Orleans area. This video shows the cornerstone project of the perimeter protection that will help protect the people of Southeast Louisiana.
People returning to their homes, aerials outside city
New Orleans, Louisiana
1. Queue of vehicles returning to Algiers (West Bank New Orleans)
2. Police checking residents' identification
3. Wide police checkpoint
4. Wide rubble-strewn street near downtown
5. Damaged house near downtown
6. Wide damaged home of Richard Saunders
7. Various Saunders chipping at interior wall
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Richard Saunders, New Orleans resident :
I haven't really reflected on those kinds of issues. I've just been trying to get through.
9. Wide people walking on street
10. New Orleans resident Dyan Frenchcole sitting outside building
11. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dyan Frenchcole, New Orleans resident :
Number one, what would you expect? His (president Bush) brother runs Florida and he's from Texas. That's maybe a little human nature, but it's bigger than that, it's a bigger picture.
12. Wide Carl Leveque walking into business
13. Leveque speaking with employees
14. SOUNDBITE: (English) Carl Leveque, Business owner, French Quarter
I don't know what they had to do with the (French) Quarter. I mean a lot of us fled town and we've been waiting to get power back so we can get back to business. Once we get business open and rolling then we worry about all of that.
15. Wide Leveque's bar
16. Pan of Frank and Dianne Wilson's house
17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Frank Wilson, New Orleans resident:
I see a lot of positive things come out of it. People working together, a lot of problems being solved. I think some good things will come out of it, really truly, you know.
18. Wilson cleaning up outside house
19. Various of man cleaning up street in front of home
Lake Charles, Louisiana
20. Damaged planes
21. Various of soldiers loading boxes of food into vehicle
23. Close-up of box of ready-to-eat meals
24. Various aerials of damage
New Orleans residents returning home in the United States found damage from both the hurricanes and looters.
With Hurricane Rita gone, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin picked up where he left off with his plan to reopen the city, inviting people in one largely unscathed neighbourhood to come back and help us rebuild the city.
The mayor also invited business owners in the central business district, the French Quarter and the Uptown section to inspect their properties and begin cleaning up.
But Nagin gave no timetable for reopening those parts of the city to residents.
In the neighbourhood of Algiers, steady queues of traffic were banked up at checkpoints all day, according to a police spokesman who was unable to provide any estimate of how many people returned.
In neighbouring St. Bernard Parish, so heavily damaged by flooding that many buildings will have to be demolished, officials allowed residents in on Monday to see their sodden homes.
Nagin had opened Algiers last week as part of a plan to get the city of half a million inhabitants up and running again quickly, but he was forced to backtrack as Rita closed in and US President George W Bush and other federal officials warned that New Orleans was unsafe.
As officials feared, some of New Orleans' battered levees failed to hold during Rita's onslaught, and some already-devastated neighbourhoods - including the abandoned Ninth Ward - were swamped all over again.
The mayor said a curfew would be in place from 6 pm to 8 am and warned there were limited police and firefighting services and no critical care hospital services.
Many residents came home far ahead of his timeline, slipping past security checkpoints.
Electricity has been restored in the central business district, while power was restored on Monday in the French Quarter.
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Lawmakers Call To Bring In National Guards To New Orleans
The mayor and the governor are responding to calls for the National Guard to return to New Orleans after two children were shot over the weekend.