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Louisiana Considered: Operation Blue Roof, New Orleans Trash Parade, Residents With Disabilities’ Pleas For Help Went Unheard During Hurricane Ida

Ryan Nelsen
Trash, vegetal debris and storm damage waits to be picked up on Tchoupitoulas Street, on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hurricane Recovery Mission deputy commander Lt. Col. Robert Warren Green explains how the Army Corps of Engineers’ Blue Roof program works and why the wait for free tarp installation on roofs damaged by Hurricane Ida is so long. Operation Blue Roof will stop accepting applications for free blue roof installations on September 30.
  • In a story aired today during NPR’s Morning Edition, WWNO City Hall reporter Ryan Nelsen reports on this weekend’s Trash Parade, where New Orleans residents protested the city’s failure to resume trash pickup services after Hurricane Ida.
  • The Times-Picayune | The Advocate reporter Emily Woodruff discusses her recent article on the state’s failure to assist residents with disabilities during Hurricane Ida. Residents on special needs registries are supposed to be provided with emergency plans and options during emergencies like hurricanes, but many people with disabilities never received the help they were promised by state and parish governments.
Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Aubry is a reporter, producer and operations assistant in Baton Rouge.