Champions Square fun. concert postponed
The fun. concert scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Champions Square in New Orleans has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather associated with Tropical Storm Karen. The new show date is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the same location.
Ticket holders who cannot attend the rescheduled fun. date can obtain a refund at the original point of sale before the concert.
To secure a refund through Ticketmaster, please visit Ticketmaster.com or call 800-653-8000. Tickets purchased through the Superdome box office can be refunded at the box office Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. or by calling 504-587-3821.
Orleans Parish Prison moves inmates
The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office began moving jail inmates out of harms way and releasing some held for less serious charges Friday morning in anticipation of Tropical Storm Karen.
In a prepared statement, Sheriff Marlin Gusman said 432 inmates were removed from the temporary housing units, or “tents,” at the Orleans Parish Prison and taken to State Department of Public Safety and Corrections facilities elsewhere.
The sheriff’s office also released 70 prisoners held on lesser charges, and said the jail would stop accepting new inmates held for municipal or traffic violations, except those involving weapons or domestic violence.
Entergy prepares 1,000 workers
Entergy has 1,000 storm workers, both company employees and contractors, ready to respond to power outages in Louisiana following Tropical Storm Karen. Another 300 Entergy employees in other states also are prepared to travel into Louisiana if necessary, the public utility said Friday morning.
Louisiana’s largest power company has been criticized for its response to last year’s Hurricane Isaac, which left about 750,000 customers without service in the state, some for more than a week.
Cruise ships delayed
Maritime operations along the lower Mississippi River began slowing down Friday morning as the industry prepares for Tropical Storm Karen.
The Associated Branch Pilots, state-commissioned river pilots who guide foreign ships through the mouth of the Mississippi River, discontinued service at 6 a.m., the Port of New Orleans said.
The river remains open, a spokesman for the Coast Guard’s 8th District said. The Coast Guard has not determined when it will close the river to traffic.
Only one cargo ship was scheduled to arrive at the Port of New Orleans today but it has been delayed. Nine cargo vessels that had been scheduled to leave port this weekend will remain until the storm passes.
Two cruise ships that had been expected to arrive at the port on Saturday and Sunday will be delayed until Monday because of the storm.
The Carnival Elation, which was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Saturday after a five-day cruise to Mexico, will remain at sea until the Coast Guard gives clearance for it to return, Carnival said Friday.
As a result, the Elation’s next trip has been cut from a five-day Mexican cruise to three days at sea. Guests who take the truncated trip will receive a 50 percent discount and half off another five-day, Carnival cruise.
The Carnival Conquest, which is operating a seven-day cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas, also will remain at sea until the storm passes.
The Conquest’s next trip will be shortened from seven days to six days and will include one less port call. Guests who agree to take the modified cruise will receive a one-day, pro-rated refund, Carnival said.
Tolls suspended on La. 1
Tolls on La. 1 in Leeville will be suspended until further notice to facilitate the evacuation of Grand Isle and Port Fourchon in advance of Tropical Storm Karen, according to the Department of Transportation and Development.
Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for Grand Isle and southern Lafourche Parish as the tropical storm heads toward the Gulf Coast.
The transportation department will issue an advisory when the tolls are reinstated.