NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city is preparing for the next step in its response to Isaac and is hoping to have businesses up and running for Thursday.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, Landrieu said Rouse's is hoping to open tomorrow, and that his team has spoken with WalMart, Winn-Dixie and Walgreens to see if they can follow suit.
"We've been calling stores, telling them we need to get them open," he said.
As soon as daybreak hits, Landrieu said, city workers will fan out across the city to work on cleaning up the streets and repairing street signs.
And it won't just be city workers out at the break of dawn. Landrieu said Entergy hopes to hit the ground by 6 a.m. As of 9:30 p.m., he said around 75 percent of New Orleans was without power.
"But that number is getting better every minute."
Landrieu also addresed the anxiety residents are likely feeling on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
"A lot of people who define their lives pre- and post-Katrina had a lot of feelings," he said. "My thought was, 'I cannot believe this is happening again.'"