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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
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Map of Louisiana highlighting Jefferson Parish
Location in the state of Louisiana
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Louisiana's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1825
Seat Gretna
Largest City Kenner
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

642 sq mi (1,663 km²)
307 sq mi (795 km²)
336 sq mi (870 km²), 52.29%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

455,466
1,483/sq mi (573/km²)
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.jeffparish.net
Named for: President Thomas Jefferson

Jefferson Parish is a parish in Louisiana that includes most of the suburbs of New Orleans. The seat of parish government is Gretna. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... Image File history File links Map_of_USA_LA.svg‎ File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Louisiana ... Opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway 1825 (MDCCCXXV) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Kenner is a suburb of New Orleans that has a population of 70,517 (census 2000). ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ...  CST or UTC-6 The Central Time Zone observes standard time by subtracting six hours from UTC during standard time (UTC-6) and five hours during daylight saving time (UTC-5). ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precison atomic time standard. ... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. ... Parish Hall of St. ... Official language(s) de jure: none de facto: English & French Capital Baton Rouge Largest city New Orleans [1] Area  Ranked 31st  - Total 51,885 sq mi (134,382 km²)  - Width 130 miles (210 km)  - Length 379 miles (610 km)  - % water 16  - Latitude 29°N to 33°N  - Longitude 89°W... Illustration of the backyards of a surburban neighbourhood Suburbs are inhabited districts located either on the outer rim of a city or outside the official limits of a city (the term varies from country to country), or the outer elements of a conurbation. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


According to the 2000 Census, Jefferson had a population of 455,466 which made the populations of Jefferson and Orleans parishes combined greater than any metropolitan area around the state. Jefferson Parish was affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but has rebounded at a more rapid pace than neighboring Orleans Parish, probably because the destruction was not as severe in Jefferson. A population count done during the months of June through October 2006 and released in November 2006 by the Louisiana Recovery Authority put Jefferson at 440,000 residents or 98% of their 2000 U.S. Census totals, currently the largest in the state. A business report released in April 2007 found Jefferson Parish leads the nation in job growth, perhaps another indicator of how important Jefferson Parish is to the future of Louisiana[citation needed]. Jefferson Parish president Aaron Broussard believes that Jefferson Parish will reach pre-Katrina numbers or even exceed those numbers as residents who are still evacuated from New Orleans return to Jefferson Parish to be closer to New Orleans as they wait for federal recovery cash to repair their Orleans Parish homes.[1] Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... New Orleans (French: Nouvelle-Orléans) is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the governmental body created in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita by Governor Kathleen Blanco to plan for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana. ... Aaron Broussard is the Democratic president of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ...

Contents

Namesake

Jefferson Parish was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Jefferson Parish was named after Jefferson in 1825, a year before he died. A statute of Jefferson stands in the parish seat (Gretna). Image File history File linksMetadata TJeffersonrpeale. ... Thomas Jefferson (13 April 1743 N.S.–4 July 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–09), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. ... The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ...


History

Jefferson Parish was established in 1825 as New Orleans' first suburb. From the 1950s to the 1970s, Jefferson's population swelled with an influx of middle-class families from Orleans Parish. New Orleans (French: Nouvelle-Orléans) is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


Geography

The parish has a total area of 1,664 km² (642 mi²). 794 km² (307 mi²) of it is land and 870 km² (336 mi²) of it (52.29%) is water. Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Major Highways

East Bank

  • U.S. Highway 90 -- connects the East Bank to the West Bank on the south (via the Huey Long Bridge) and to New Orleans on the east (via Jefferson Highway).

Image File history File links I-10. ... Interstate 10 (abbreviated I-10) is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast interstate highway in the United States. ... St. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... Image File history File links US_61. ... The Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge, Dubuque, Iowa. ... St. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... Image File history File links US_90. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ...

West Bank

Image File history File links US_90. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... St. ... Image File history File links US_90. ... U.S. Highway 90 Business (officially U.S. Highway 90-Z[1]) is a business route of U.S. Highway 90 in and near New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. ... Nickname: Location in the State of Louisiana and the United States Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish Orleans Founded 1718 Government  - Mayor Ray Nagin (D) Area  - City  350. ... United States Highway 90 is an east-west United States highway. ... Image File history File links I-49. ... Interstate 49 (abbreviated I-49) is an intrastate interstate highway located entirely within the state of Louisiana, United States. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Louisiana Highway 18 (LA 18) is a state highway in Louisiana. ... St. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Louisiana Highway 23 (LA 23) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Plaquemines Parish is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Louisiana Highway 45 (LA 45) is a state highway in Jefferson Parish. ... Jean Lafitte is a town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Lafitte is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Barataria is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ...

Grand Isle

Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Louisiana Highway 1 (LA 1) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... Lafourche Parish is a parish located in the south of the state of Louisiana. ...

Adjacent Parishes and Natural Borders

With the exception of the island Grand Isle, the only roads leaving Jefferson parish go to St. Charles Parish on the west and both Orleans Parish and Plaquemines Parish on the east. Lake Pontchartrain is situated to the north of Jefferson Parish. The southern half of Jefferson parish is uninhabited marshland. Regarding Grand Isle, the only roads connecting it to the rest of Jefferson Parish run through Lafourche Parish and St. Charles Parish Grand Isle is a town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on a barrier island of the same name. ... St. ... New Orleans (French: Nouvelle-Orléans) is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... Plaquemines Parish is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Grand Isle is a town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on a barrier island of the same name. ... Lafourche Parish is a parish located in the south of the state of Louisiana. ... St. ...


Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1950 103,873
1960 208,769 101.0%
1970 337,568 61.7%
1980 454,592 34.7%
1990 448,306 -1.4%
2000 455,466 1.6%

As of the 2000 census², there were 455,466 people living in Jefferson Parish. The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twetieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,542,199, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...


Other 2000 statistics: There were 120,191 families residing in the parish. The population density was 574/km² (1,486/mi²). There were 187,907 housing units at an average density of 237/km² (613/mi²). The racial makeup of the parish was 69.82% White, 22.86% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 3.09% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 1.72% from two or more races. 7.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 176,234 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.20% were married couples living together, 15.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.80% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.13. In the parish the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.60 males. The median income for a household in the parish was $38,435, and the median income for a family was $45,834. Males had a median income of $35,081 versus $24,921 for females. The per capita income for the parish was $19,953. About 10.80% of families and 13.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.00% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over. It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Hurricane Katrina

Even though Jefferson Parish was affected by Hurricane Katrina, they have rebounded more quickly than Orleans Parish since the devastation was not as severe and has a current population of 440,000 which is 15,000 fewer people than the 2000 U.S. census but still makes Jefferson Parish the largest parish in the state. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... New Orleans (French: Nouvelle-Orléans) is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ...


With the passing of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, Jefferson Parish took a hard hit. On the East Bank, massive flooding occurred, especially in the eastern part of the parish, as well as much wind damage. Schools also were reported to have been severely damaged. On the West Bank, there was little to no flooding. However, there was still much wind damage. As a result, the Jefferson Parish Council temporarily moved the parish government to Baton Rouge. Evacuees of Jefferson Parish were told that they could expect to be able to go back to their homes starting Monday, September 5, 2005 between the hours of 6 a.m. CDT and 6 p.m. CDT, but would have to return to their places of evacuation because life in the area was not sustainable. There were no open grocery stores or gas stations, and almost the entire parish had no electric, water, or sewerage services. Moreover, evacuations out of New Orleans were continuing to be staged from the heart of Metairie at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Causeway Boulevard and traffic throughout the area was primarily restricted to emergency and utility vehicles. Lowest pressure 902 mbar (hPa; 26. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Coordinates: Country United States State Louisiana Parish East Baton Rouge Parish Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Government  - Mayor Melvin Kip Holden (D) Area  - City  79. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... CDT is an abbreviation for carbohydrate deficient transferrin, a transporter protein isoform typically increased in alcoholism Confédération Démocratique du Travail, a trade union in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Continental Divide Trail Central Standard Time Zone Center for Democracy and Technology. ...


Aaron Broussard, the parish president, issued the following statement, which was posted on the parish's website: Aaron Broussard is the Democratic president of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, trade unions, universities, and countries. ...

Jefferson Parish is not a safe place to return to at this time. Therefore, I am exercising my authority under the Louisiana Disaster Act and issuing a 'lock out' order for all Jefferson Parish citizens until 6 a.m. on Monday, September 5th.


I have asked the Governor to utilize the State Police and National Guard for assistance in this mandatory lockout. This time will be needed to clear debris from streets so people can enter Jefferson Parish at their own risk.


We are at a catastrophic, disastrous impasse. There are a tremendous amount of trees down, gas leaks, low water pressure, and downed electrical lines which could start a fire that we have no way of putting out. There are no traffic controls. Many places are still flooded and this standing water will become toxic.


Jefferson Parish emergency managers will need this time to at least clear major East/West thoroughfares so that you can enter Jefferson Parish. However, I strongly suggest that you just come here to gather more belongings and leave, as it will still be a dangerous place. I cannot stress strongly enough that there will be no stores to purchase food or supplies so please do so prior to coming back to Jefferson Parish.


Try to stay with friends and relatives out of the hurricane affected area during the weeks to come. We cannot sustain any viable quality of life in Jefferson Parish at this time or for some time to come.

On September 3, as thousands of New Orleans residents were being evacuated into the parish, and as looting increased on both banks of the river, Parish President Aaron Broussard declared on local radio that Jefferson Parish was a "dictatorship" to be called "Jeffertania," and that he was the "dictator." He announced that Parish police officers would be authorized to stop looting by any means.


On September 4, Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard broke down on "Meet The Press"

RUSSERT: You just heard the director of homeland security’s explanation of what has happened this last week. What is your reaction?


BROUSSARD: We have been abandoned by our own country. Hurricane Katrina will go down in history as one of the worst storms ever to hit an American coast. But the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina will go down as one of the worst abandonments of Americans on American soil ever in U.S. history. … Whoever is at the top of this totem pole, that totem pole needs to be chainsawed off and we’ve got to start with some new leadership. It’s not just Katrina that caused all these deaths in New Orleans here. Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now....


Three quick examples. We had Wal-Mart deliver three trucks of water. FEMA turned them back. They said we didn’t need them. This was a week ago. FEMA, we had 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on a Coast Guard vessel docked in my parish. When we got there with our trucks, FEMA says don’t give you the fuel. Yesterday — yesterday — FEMA comes in and cuts all of our emergency communication lines. They cut them without notice. Our sheriff, Harry Lee, goes back in, he reconnects the line. He posts armed guards and said no one is getting near these lines… Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... New FEMA seal The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA is an agency of the United States government dedicated to swift response in the event of disasters, both natural and man-made. ...

I want to give you one last story and I’ll shut up and let you tell me whatever you want to tell me. The guy who runs this building I’m in, Emergency Management, he’s responsible for everything. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?" and he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you." Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday… and she drowned Friday night. She drowned Friday night! [Sobbing] Nobody's coming to get us. Nobody's coming to get us… (Video: WMV MOV)

By the following weekend, the local electrical utility, Entergy, had restored power to large swaths of Jefferson Parish, and the parish public works department had restored water and sewer service to most of the areas with power. East Jefferson General Hospital never ceased operation, even through the storm. Nevertheless, Mr. Broussard continued to discourage residents from returning until all major streets were clear of downed trees, powerlines and major debris. The parish's initial focus was on helping businesses through the "Jumpstart Jefferson" program that allowed business operators into the parish before residents. Nevertheless, some independent residents began moving back into the parish even before Broussard issued a formal "all-clear" and some gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants and the local Home Depot were operation during this time.


Broussard's report of the events he discussed on Meet the Press have subsequently proven to be inaccurate. The son of the drowned woman was later identified as Thomas Rodrigue, who replied "No, no, that's not true" when told of Broussard's account. An MSNBC interview with the man revealed that Rodrigue tried to contact his mother at the St. Rita nursing home on the days before the storm - Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, not Monday through Friday as Broussard had claimed - to encourage the home to evacuate. They did not, resulting in the drowned deaths of more than 30 other residents. To date (October 2006) Jefferson Parish has rebounded well from Hurricane Katrina unlike Orleans Parish and as a current population of 420,000 to 440,000 and it is expected to continue to rise as evacuated residents from Orleans Parish return to metropolitan New Orleans and get closer to their home region. [1] Meet the Press (MTP) is a weekly television news show produced by NBC. It started as a radio show in 1945 as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press, originating from WRC-AM in Washington. ... MSNBC, a combination of MSN and NBC, is a 24-hour cable news channel in the United States and Canada, and a news website. ... August 27 is the 239th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (240th in leap years), with 126 days remaining. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ...


Katrina-related Flooding

Flooding on the east bank has been frequently attributed to the decision by parish leadership to deactivate the stormwater pumping systems and evacuate the operators during the storm. Katrina's substantial storm surge may have swamped even operating pumping stations but Broussard's activation of the parish's "Doomsday Plan" is the most frequently cited reason for the flooding in all areas of the east bank except Old Metairie and parts of Harahan. Pump operators were evacuated to areas outside the parish that were themselves severely affected by the storm and pump station personnel were consequently unable to immediately return to restart the pumps. They did not arrive until the morning of August 31. Water resulting from the backflow through the non-operating pumping stations, as well as storm-related rainwater, remained on the streets and in the homes of residents of Metairie and Kenner for a day and a half. Many homes which were not severely damaged by storm winds took heavy flood damage, especially along both sides of the West Esplanade canal, from the 17th Street Canal to Kenner. The parish has subsequently announced that it will change the way it evacuates critical personnel during an emergency, both through the construction of "safe-houses" and use of existing facilities on the west bank of Jefferson Parish. The original "safe-house" project was severely modified due to rising costs and was further delayed due to a conflict of interest revealed by the original contractors. There are also plans to add manual closures on the pumping stations due to the failure of the compressed air systems during Katrina's storm surge. United States Louisiana Jefferson 2. ...


Much additional consideration has been given to the different problem of the flooding in Old Metairie that resulted from Jefferson Parish's reliance on the failed Orleans Parish drainage system at the 17th Street Canal and its Pumping Station No. 6. Flooding in this area south of Metairie Road between the Orleans Parish line and Causeway Boulevard was catastrophic and deep water destroyed much of the most expensive real estate in the parish. A temporary plan was devised to pool water at the Pontiff Playground and south of Airline Drive and to divert some into other Jefferson Parish drainage canals. A longer-term project to divert water from this vulnerable area into the Mississippi River has also been suggested, although its expense appears to be prohibitive. Jefferson Parish officials have also struggled to maximize the parish's ability to utilize the significantly reduced pumping capacity of the 17th Street Canal if the threat of storm surge again requires the Corps of Engineers to close the mouth of the canal.


City of Gretna Controversy

The Gretna, Louisiana located in Jefferson Parish, made news after its police force participated, along with Crescent City Connection Police and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies, in a road block on the Crescent City Connection Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina. The purpose was to stop evacuees from crossing over into the evacuated communities on the Westbank of the Mississippi River. Gretna Police had charge of Westbank-bound lanes, while Jefferson Parish deputies controlled the east bank-bound lanes and the bridge police closed the transit lanes. The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... The Crescent City Connection, abbreviated as CCC, (formerly the Greater New Orleans Bridge) refers to twin cantilever bridges, that carry U.S. Route 90 Business over the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


Initially, as many as 6,000 evacuees were permitted to cross and were shuttled out of the area on buses; however that operation was eventually discontinued as available fuel supplies were exhausted. Without transportation or sufficient supplies of food or water, west bank law enforcement personnel determined that they were unable to further assist the evacuees. It was also believed at that time that federal relief efforts and supplies were soon to be concentrated in the downtown area of New Orleans. The decision to stop further evacuees from crossing the river was then made after Oakwood Mall was looted and burned by evacuees from the east bank of New Orleans. A unified local police decision was made to lock down all areas. Due to the lack of effective communications during the crisis, some New Orleans police officers independently continued to direct evacuees to buses across the bridge that were no longer operational. The inevitable confrontation occurred on the section of the bridge controlled by the Gretna police and warning shots were fired over the heads of desperate evacuees who had been misdirected onto the bridge. The warning shots were fired only after the threatening crowd of evacuees actually began a sudden advance upon the police after shouting the likes of "we can take them," according to live news reports from the scene.


In the immediate aftermath of the storm, the Oakwood Shopping Center was looted and set on fire. Oakwood Shopping Center is the second largest mall in Greater New Orleans Area. ...


Some activists alleged racism, citing longstanding racial tensions between urban and suburban New Orleans that date back to the civil rights era, and multiple reports of racial slurs shouted by police as they fired their weapons.[2] Officials in Gretna and Jefferson Parish defended the actions of their police officers as necessary and proper during such a crisis. The Gretna City Council subsequently passed a resolution supporting the decision and Gretna Mayor Ronnie C. Harris said, "This wasn't just one man's decision. The whole community backs it."[citation needed]


Communities

The communities are arranged by region and ranked by population as of the 2000 Census.

Eastbank

Total Population: 257,239

Westbank

Total Population: 181,464 Metairie (local pronunciations , ) is a suburb of New Orleans. ... Kenner is a suburb of New Orleans that has a population of 70,517 (census 2000). ... River Ridge is a small suburb of New Orleans that has a population of 14,588 (census 2000). ... Jefferson is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on the East Bank of the Mississippi River. ... Harahan is a city located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Elmwood is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. ...

Bayou Barataria

Total Population: 5,046 Marrero is a census-designated place and unincorporated community located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Terrytown is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana on the West <a href=http://en. ... Harvey is a census-designated place and town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... The city of Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson Parish, in the US state of Louisiana. ... Estelle is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Woodmere is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Timberlane is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Westwego is a city located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, USA. Westwego is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area. ... Waggaman is a census-designated place and town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Bridge City is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Avondale is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. ...

Gulf of Mexico

Jean Lafitte is a town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Lafitte is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Barataria is a census-designated place located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... Grand Isle is a town located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on a barrier island of the same name. ...

Education

The parish's public schools are operated by the Jefferson Parish Public Schools agency. Jefferson Parish Public Schools is a school district based in Gretna, Louisiana. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ New Orleans population still cut by more than half. 29 Nov 2006 article by Reuters. Retrieved on 6 December 2006.
  2. ^ http://arthurlawson.com

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Jefferson Parish, Louisiana at AllExperts (2164 words)
The parish seat of government is Gretna and as of 2000, the population was 455,466.
In the parish the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older.
Jefferson Parish officials have also struggled to maximize the parish's ability to utilize the significantly reduced pumping capacity of the 17th Street Canal if the threat of storm surge again requires the Corps of Engineers to close the mouth of the canal.
Jefferson Parish, Louisiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2355 words)
Jefferson Parish is a parish in Louisiana with a population of 455,466 (Census 2000).
Jefferson Parish was effected by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and the result was a loss in population but Jefferson parish has rebounded at a rapid pace and a November 2006 population count by the Louisiana Recovery Authority put Jefferson at 440,000 residents, currently the largest parish in Louisiana.
Jefferson Parish was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson of Virginia.
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