Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Louisiana continues to come back after Hurricane Isaac with one more park site repoening on Saturday, September 8.
Located outside the New Orleans levee system in the wetlands, the Barataria Preserve saw flooding and dozens of downed trees as a result of Isaac. No major building damage was received from the storm; most preserve buildings are on piers. Park staff from all divisions pitched in to clean ground-level restrooms, do rapid ecological assessments, and move brush, branches, and other debris from trails and parking lots. An NPS arborist crew will work on major downed trees and dangerous dangling branches after finishing similar work at Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery. The preserve visitor center and two trails will reopen on Saturday, allowing visitors to experience the impact of storms on wetlands and allowing the preserve’s hunting permit application process to move forward on schedule.
Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery remains closed until the NPS arborist crew finishes work on nearly 40 downed or damaged trees. Several days with a heat index over 100 degrees have slowed work. One large tree fell on the front porch of the national cemetery’s superintendent’s lodge. Power has been restored to all buildings on site.