LaToya Cantrell

Sandbags ready for pickup at Mid-City Yacht Club, a bar that decided to hand out sandbags after the city said it wouldn't.
Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

New Orleans residents have been frustrated that the city hasn't distributed sandbags to protect their homes and property ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, as in storms past. But New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city decided not to hand them out this time because sandbag distribution strains resources and the sand could clog up the city's drainage system. 

BATON ROUGE-- The House Ways and Means Committee discussed a trio of bills Monday and Tuesday that would give the city of New Orleans more control over local revenue to address its growing infrastructure concerns.

The public discussion came as New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s Administration and leaders of the city’s hospitality industry have been unable to reach an agreement on how to pay for repairs to the city’s infrastructure.

Commander Shaun Ferguson has been chosen as New Orleans' next police chief.
City of New Orleans

New Orleans mayor LaToya Cantrell has tapped NOPD commander Shaun Ferguson to become the city’s next chief of police.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Major floods last summer thrust infrastructure and drainage issues into the limelight. And new Mayor LaToya Cantrell has made them a top priority for her administration. She has championed the approach to water management outlined in the city's Urban Water Plan — which emphasizes “green infrastructure” solutions like soaking up rain water instead of pumping it out. But that plan is largely unfunded.