New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called the date of Isaac’s arrival to the metropolitan area ironic Monday all while assuring that the city was prepared for the tropical storm.
“I want to tell everybody now that I believe that everything is going to be OK,” Landrieu said.” That does not mean that you can let your guard down. IT doesn’t mean that you can’t do everything that you planned to do.”
Landrieu called it patently obvious to New Orleanians and the world that “it is quite ironic that we have a hurricane that is threatening us on the seventh anniversary of Katrina.”
But he said during his noon press conference that the city is fully prepared to handle Isaac’s punch.
“The people of New Orleans have been incredibly resilient,” the mayor said. “The people of the metropolitan area, the people of Louisiana have been through many, many storms. We are very well prepared and we feel very good about our ability if we do the things that we know we can do to weather this storm.”
Landrieu said the path of Tropical Storm Isaac is becoming predictable as the hours close before landfall and that the city expects tropical storm-force winds to hit the city within the next 24 hours.
With the models focusing in on a New Orleans landfall, Landrieu said the city is ready to respond to the needs of those staying.
“We are staged, we are battle ready, we are in battle rhythm and we will be prepared to handle what comes our way,” Landrieu said.