Recovery from Hurricane Isaac continues at Louisiana’s Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
Two of New Orleans Jazz’s sites have now reopened. The third, Perseverance Hall in Louis Armstrong Park, is open only on Saturdays; programs there will resume this Saturday, September 8.
Jean Lafitte’s Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery are the only two of the park’s six sites to remain closed. • Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery – The NPS arborist crew is making significant progress despite a heat index of over 100 degrees. A bucket truck arrived from Cane River Creole National Historical Park in northern Louisiana on Tuesday, September 4, for the crew’s use. Resource Management staff are checking the national cemetery for any damage to headstones. Power has been restored to all site buildings except the visitor center. • Barataria Preserve – Park staff from facility maintenance, resource management, and interpretation and education spent Tuesday clearing parking lots and assessing storm impact. Researchers who are currently conducting scientific work at the preserve have been contacted and encouraged to continue their work and to share any data collected; a major natural disturbance such as Hurricane Isaac could of course yield interesting findings. Park staff have begun on-the-ground assessments of trails. Power and restroom facilities have been restored at the visitor center but phone service and computer connections are still out.