Initial Hurricane Isaac damage report, by location
The following is a partial listing of archdiocesan properties that suffered damage in Hurricane Isaac, as reported to the Clarion Herald by pastors, principals, Catholic Charities staff and the archdiocesan Building and Insurance offices. Some parishes could not be reached at press time due to continuing power outages.
• Archdiocese of New Orleans office building, 1000 Howard Ave.: Several windows blew in or cracked, leading to wind-driven rain. Utilities were up as of Aug. 30.
• Food for Families/Food for Seniors, 5600 Hayne Blvd.: Electrical outages affected the refrigeration units, putting 170 pallets of cheese at risk. A sign was blown down at the warehouse.
• Good Shepherd at St. Stephen Church: Roof damage to the rectory; tarp installed.
• Incarnate Word Center: Wind-driven rain seeped through second-floor windows. The building was being assessed to see if it might be susceptible to mildew.
• PACE Greater New Orleans (Program of All-inclusive Care of the Elderly), 4201 North Rampart St.: Rain leaked into the building, but there was no major damage.
• Padua Community Services, 200 Beta St.: When the building lost power, the National Guard, assisted by civil authorities, shipped in generators. All clients, who are developmentally disabled children and teens, remained in place, and Padua accepted residents of its day care centers.
• Assumption of Our Lady Mission: Severely impacted by the first hurricane floodwaters in its history, taking on 6 to 8 feet of water in three buildings: the church, the multi-purpose building and the rectory. At press time, Father Joseph Man Tran, pastor of Assumption and its mother church of St. Thomas in Pointe a la Hache, was returning to Braithwaite on the heels of the mandatory evacuation to assess damage, identify those who perished in the flood, and minister to local families. St. Thomas Church was not damaged in the hurricane.
• Our Lady of Prompt Succor: Multiple leaks in the church roof. Three school buildings took on a small amount of water; some downed trees on the school campus.
• St. Pius X Mission: At press time, entrance to the area was being restricted by authorities.
• St. Anthony: At press time, access to the area was being regulated by authorities. Water is believed to have gotten into some buildings on the parish plant.
• Ascension of Our Lord: There was no damage to the parish or school plant, however hundreds of homes in LaPlace suffered significant flooding. After the storm, Catholic Charities staffers and Father Walter Austin, pastor, visited churches and neighborhoods throughout St. John the Baptist civil parish to assess needs, coordinate outreach and collaborate with local agencies. Father Austin offered the church parking lot as a distribution site for relief supplies and other recovery services. He said helping residents gut their flooded homes will be a major parish priority in the coming months.
• St. Joan of Arc: Minor wind damage to the exterior of the school, walkway awnings and a few windows. The church was not damaged. Father John-Nhan Tran, pastor, traveled to shelters in Alexandria and Shreveport to help evacuated parishioners reconnect with their families and find temporary housing during the recovery period.
• St. Anselm: Some area homes took on 5 to 6 feet of water, but damage to the church was limited to wind-driven rain that got in under the doors. Masses continued to be celebrated despite a lingering loss of power, with 10 people attending the Aug. 31 Mass. At press time, parish offices were being based in the home of Msgr. Frank Giroir, pastor. Parish staff set up an outdoor gas-powered stove to feed residents and civil officials.
• Mary Queen of Peace: Masses have resumed, but the church office will be closed until power is restored. For updates, go to www.maryqueenofpeace.org.
• Our Lady of the Lake: Although the church, the Chotin Center and the Parish Life Center did not receive any damage, two preK buildings, the adoration chapel, the school cafeteria and Holy Family Hall took on a small amount of water. A pine tree toppled onto the gym, but thankfully only damaged a gutter.
• Academy of Our Lady: Wind-driven rain seeped through the windows and doors of one classroom building. There was also a minor leak in the chapel roof and a small amount of water in the library.
• Immaculate Conception: The church lost a large window, which allowed wind-blown rain into the church; clean-up completed.
• Archbishop Rummel High: Wind-driven rain through windows and doors resulted in damage to carpeting.
• St. Benilde: Minor water seepage into some windows of the school building.
• Our Lady of Grace: Like his brother priests who minister in the LaPlace area, Josephite Father Christopher Amadi, parish administrator, said his parishioners are in need of a lot of help as they rebuild their flooded homes and businesses. Father Amadi reported water leaks in four classrooms and the gym roof, as well as mold in the school cafeteria. He added that school supplies and uniforms will be the parish's most pressing needs when school resumes.
• Although some areas of Slidell suffered residential flooding, the city’s four Catholic churches – Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Genevieve, St. Luke the Evangelist and St. Margaret Mary – received no significant damage in Hurricane Isaac.
– Beth Donze