ALEXANDRIA, Va. --
An initial survey of the Port of New Orleans indicates that while
many of the ports wharves were intact immediately following
Hurricane Katrina, other major hurdles such as procuring labor,
getting to and from the port by road and issues with the river
itself also remain.
Crews from the Army
Corps of Engineers New Orleans District were surveying the
Mississippi River from New Orleans to the Gulf on Sept. 1. The
river remains closed to traffic except for tugs, barges, offshore
vessels relocating and recovery boats.
Gary LaGrange, the
CEO of the Port of New Orleans, said port officials were able to
survey some of the port facilities on Aug. 29 by road and Aug. 30
The Julia Street
Cruise Terminal appeared largely intact, although sections of its
roof were missing, he said.
We need to analyze
the cruise operation, LaGrange said. Right now the Louis Armstrong
Airport is underwater and hotels supporting the cruise industry
need to repair their facilities. We still have autos for passengers
parked which incurred heavy damage.
But, he remained
optimistic. It wont be overnight, but eventually we will bounce
back bigger and better than ever, he said.
reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to r[email protected].