The biggest killer in New Orleans was not a hurricane. It was hot.
On Sunday Mr. Hailey let himself into his apartment when he did not answer the door. He found her lying on the floor and tried to revive her, but it was too late. That evening, neighbors played brass-band music in the courtyard and danced for Ms. Bergerol, recalling her vivid blue eyes and persistent, wide smile.
By then, the city’s health officials were beginning to realize the danger the older residents were facing. The day before Ms. Bergerol’s death, she vacated eight apartments for older residents, which had killed many. Now, city officials are considering whether subsidized apartments serving elderly or disabled residents have generators, conduct welfare checks or have a building manager on the property at all times during natural disasters, a spokesperson said. said.
The proposed measures are gaining momentum partly because of deaths like those of Mr Joseph, the man who was trapped in Apartment 312.
Mr. Joseph was well-known at the Village de Jardin, a relatively affordable campus in New Orleans East for people 55 and older. It is owned by the Louisiana Housing Corporation, a state agency, and managed by Latter & Blum, a large real estate company that manages properties in several states. The housing agency said Latter & Blum had encouraged tenants to vacate and then, after the storm, brought cooling buses to the property and supplies to tenants who chose to stay.
Mr. Joseph had retired from a job selling car parts years ago. He often chatted with neighbors, and his routine included grabbing coffee and beignets around town. He was known for his faith, his love for his family and, to some people, his trademark answer, “Yes, really”, which led his grandchildren to call him Grandfather Yes indeed. Many more knew him for his humour, thus befriending 45-year-old Mr. Rightius, who was attracted to Mr. Joseph when he was telling jokes at an event hosted by Franklin Avenue Baptist Church.
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