Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Martial Law Not Declared in NOLA

The Times Picayune and several broadcast outlets have clarified that martial law have not been declared in NOLA. What has happened is that Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard has taken the emergency powers granted to him by state law for an emergecy, putting him in charge of all officials in his parish.

If you're complete new here, a parish is equivalent to a county. Jefferson Parish is the large suburban parish/county just to the West of NOLA proper, covering both banks of the river.

It is not clear if Mayor Nagin in New Orleans has or has invoked similar powers. I will try to clarify the situation in Orleans Parish (NOLA proper).

Nagin is the mayor's name.

here's something I picked up from the Houna Courrier's website that's staff-written:

New Orleans evacuees brought to Terrebonne and Lafourche
12:45 p.m. Mike Deroche, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in Terrebonne, said two schoolbuses would be sent to pick up refugees in New Orleans this afternoon. The evacuees would be brought to Nicholls State in Thibodaux. Once Thibodaux fills up, they will head to the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

Kimberly Solet
The Courier
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