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New Orleans East Tornado clean-up update

Power has been restored to 70 percent of the residents in the impacted area

Over 300 properties were severely damaged by Tuesday’s tornado.
Photos by Eric Craig, Curbed NOLA

On Thursday, February 9, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced updates in the city’s clean-up efforts geared towards clearing debris from tornado damage in New Orleans East.

The city has set a 30-day time limit to remove debris from impacted areas, and Debris pick up will be facilitated by The Department of Sanitation, nonprofit, organizational and volunteer groups. Residents that have excess debris can refer to these guidelines and schedule for debris pickup.

Recently, City Council has approved a building permit fee waivers to assist individuals impacted by the tornado in rebuilding homes and businesses, according to the Mayor’s Office.

The massive tornado that struck 2.5 miles of Chef Menteur Highway happened on Tuesday, February 7.

As of February 10, over 300 properties were severely damaged on and around Chef Menteur Highway.

Approximately 10,400 residents were without power after the tornado hit. As of February 9, The electric company, Entergy, restored power to 7,200 residents in the impacted area. Entergy expects to restore all power by Saturday, February 11.

Roughly 230 poles were damaged and or downed during the tornado. Additionally 50 transmission poles were downed, and 207 spans of distribution lines were downed and damaged.


The following roads are closed to vehicular traffic:

  • Chef Menteur & Read
  • Chef Menteur & Bullard
  • Chef Menteur & Downman
  • Chef Menteur & Bullard
  • Chef Menteur & Papania
  • Chef Menteur & Wright
  • Chef Menteur & Bundy
  • Dwyer & Wright
  • Dwyer & Read
  • Dwyer & Bundy
  • Dwyer & Bundy
  • Dwyer & Crowder
  • Dwyer & Wilson
  • Pressburg & Bullard

The following roads have been cleared:

  • Crowder between Dwyer and Chef
  • Dwyer between Read and Chantilly
  • Grant between Wilson and Flake
  • Chef between Crowder and Read
  • Wilson between Chef and Dwyer
  • Bullard between Chef and Dwyer
  • Lake Forest between Chef and Read
  • Hammond Hwy. between Read and Bundy
  • Wright between Chef and Lake Forest
  • Bullard between Chef and Lake Forest

If you would like to donate to the tornado relief efforts, check out this map of several different areas in and around New Orleans that are accepting donations and volunteers.