How to protect French Quarter buildings as Barry approaches

The edge of the French Quarter showing the high level of the Mississippi River in May 2019. Picture by Infrogmation of New Orleans | CC

Tropical Storm Barry gathered strength as it pushes sustained winds of up to 65 miles per hour, according to accuweather.com, and is predicted to make landfall along the central Louisiana coast Saturday morning as a possible Category 1 hurricane.

Whether structures will be damaged by the wind isn’t so much a concern as the flash flooding from the rain. The National Hurricane Center predicted that New Orleans could potentially experience six to 10 inches of rain as of Friday afternoon. While the French Quarter sits a bit higher than most places in the city, there are still ways to protect its historic buildings from rising water.

Interim Executive Director for the Vieux Carré Foundation Brook Tesler offered some tips to The Quarter Rat that may help protect buildings from flooding.

For one, sandbag your doors. Although the city isn’t distributing sandbags, there are some locations throughout the city. Nola.com provided a handy guide, although nothing for Orleans Parish. Third District City Councilwoman Kristen Gileson Palmer posted on social media that sandbags can be picked up at 530 Powder St. in Algiers. Get them while you still can.

As of this writing, according to the Flood Protection Authority, all of the floodgates along the Quarter and the entire city’s boundary of the Mississippi have been closed.

Park your car on high ground, Tesler noted. Most parts of the Quarter sit at or just above sea level by a few feet.

Close shutters if you’re fortunate to have them, Tesler said, and open up doors between bouts of rain to prevent from getting mold. Telser added that owners are generally allowed to temporarily place boards over windows to protect them from wind damage.

Most importantly, Tesler added, listen to the city if there’s an order to evacuate. No such order has been made yet, but the city advised its residents to shelter in place by 8 p.m. “Your life is more important,” she said.

The city received heavy flooding during the rainfall on Wednesday, receiving more than seven inches in some spots in a matter of hours, causing flash flooding.

The Quarter fared relatively better than the rest of the city. Royal Street in the Quarter received flooding during Wednesday’s rains, Tesler said, adding that Bourbon Street appeared to be draining better since construction.

“Living with water is important here in New Orleans,” Tesler said.

For city updates regarding Tropical Storm Barry, check with NOLA Ready.

Police search for suspect wanted in July 6 business burglary on North Peters Street

Courtesy of the NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man captured on a surveillance camera allegedly burglarizing a business in the 900 block of N. Peters St. in the French Quarter on July 6.

According to the NOPD, the incident occurred at approximately 2:27 a.m. when an unidentified man kicked out a glass pane window and entered the business, then removed an unknown amount of cash from two donation boxes.

NOPD says the suspect, who is described as having bushy hair and short beard, fled toward Dumaine Street. Police released a surveillance camera photograph of the suspect, pictured above, on July 8.

The NOPD requests anyone with information about the incident to call Detective Marshall Scallan or other Eight District detectives, at 504-658-6080. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Man wanted for allegedly stealing $10,000 worth of hydrocodone pills from CVS on Decatur Street

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man wanted for allegedly stealing approximately $10,000 worth of hydrocodone pills from the CVS Pharmacy at 620 Decatur St. on June 2.

According to the NOPD, the unidentified man entered the store at approximately 4 p.m. and took the pills, then fled the location. The NOPD released a surveillance photo of the suspect on July 18, which is pictured above.

The NOPD requests anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Detective Alicia Pierre at 504-658-6080. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

NOPD: Man reports theft of cash and $15,000 Rolex watch after meeting woman on Bourbon Street

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A man was deprived of one $15,000 black Rolex watch and roughly $2,000 on June 12 after meeting an unidentified woman on Bourbon Street, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

Shortly after the encounter, according to the NOPD, both the man and woman went to his hotel in the 100 block of Barrone Street. The woman left the hotel alone and later the victim noticed his watch and cash missing, according to the NOPD, which noted that the incident was reported at approximately 4:40 a.m.

The NOPD released a photograph (pictured above) of the suspect on July 5.

The NOPD is investigating the alleged theft and is asking anyone with information to contact the Eighth District Investigative Unit at 504-658-6080, or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Man arrested in connection to North Rampart Street auto burglary

(Photo: Murphy Lewis | NOPD)
A man was arrested in connection to an auto burglary that occurred on North Rampart Street Friday, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police working on a French Quarter Task Force detail shortly after 4:30 a.m. allegedly saw a man, identified as 44-year-old Murphy Lewis, take multiple items from the victim’s vehicle in the 400 block of North Rampart Street.

Murphy was arrested without incident and booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of simple burglary of an automobile.

Anyone with additional information on this incident is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.