New Orleans East Area Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
New Orleans East Area occupies the larger part of the land bridge between Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Borgne, and excludes the area around Blind Lagoon. Chef Menteur Highway, a major thoroughfare, spans the length of New Orleans East Area.
Most of the residential and business developments are in the western part of this neighborhood. To the east are naturalized areas, thickly veined with streams, rivers and lakes of all sizes. A large section with a total of 22,500 acres is occupied by the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. This is also the location of Fort Macombe State Historic site, built in the early to mid-1800s.
Although the residential and business areas here were once thriving, this area suffered tremendous damage due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many residents have returned, but much of New Orleans East Area has never recovered.
Businesses such as the Eastover Country Club, a semi-private golf course formerly rated as the Best Course in New Orleans by Golf Digest magazine, remain closed. Shopping centers and numerous other businesses suffered the same fate.
On the bright side, rebuilding is still a work in progress for those who loved New Orleans East Area before Katrina, and for those who still do. By 2009, this neighborhood was restored to more than three-fourths of the pre-Katrina population.
Better levees, new storm surge barriers and the overall work of the Army Corps of Engineers on a Hurricane and Storm Risk Reduction System are all coming into place to make this neighborhood far safer than ever before. June 1, 2011 is the designated date for the completion of these projects.