Thursday, November 24, 2005

Dude, time to party in moldy NOLA
New Orleans makes plans for Mardi Gras

New Orleans, Nov. 24 (UPI) — Storm-ravaged New Orleans hopes to hold Mardi Gras 2006 pretty much as usual despite Hurricane Katrina and a money crunch.

City plans, approved by Mayor Ray Nagin's administration, call for eight days of Carnival parades, including two weekends and a guarantee of full length processions for giant parades such as Endymion..
However, you might want to pack a HEPA safety mask because:
Mold levels 'very high' in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Airborne mold has reached such high levels here since Hurricane Katrina that the federal government should monitor it closely and give protective gear to residents unaware of the health risk, a national environmental group said Wednesday.

Test samples in 14 locations across New Orleans last month found excessive concentrations of mold spores indoors and out, the Natural Resources Defense Council reported. An indoor count in a neighborhood hardly touched by floodwaters registered even higher than a reading in one of the worst-hit areas.
My advice: Get a mask that is lightweight (reduces neck muscle stress) and that can take paint (come on, you have to decorate it, it’s Mardi Gras!). Also, although they're more expensive, you can get masks with a sealed drinking tube for those who wish to imbibe.


Blogger Walter E. Wallis said...

Weather being what it is down there, are we sure the mold has not always been there?
I am reminded of the democrat who visited the beach for the first time, at low tide. When he returned after dinner and saw the high tide, he said "We told you the ocean level was rising."

11/25/2005 3:37 PM  

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