On Sunday, Mr Hailey slipped into her apartment when she did not answer the door. He found her lying on the floor and tried to revive her, but it was too late. That evening, the neighbors played brass band music in the yard, dancing for Mrs. Bergerol, remembering her vivid blue eyes and frequent, wide smiles.
By that time, city health officials had begun to realize the danger facing older residents. One day before Mrs Bergerol’s death, they evacuated eight flats to elderly residents, including several where people had died. Now, during natural disasters, city officials are considering mandating that subsidized apartments that serve elderly or disabled residents have generators, perform welfare checks or always have a building manager on the property, a spokesman said.
The proposed measures are gaining momentum, partly due to deaths as at Joseph, the man was stuck in apartment 312.
Joseph was well known at the Village de Jardin, a relatively affordable complex in New Orleans East for people 55 and older. It is owned by Louisiana Housing Corporation, a government agency, and is managed by Latter & Blum, a large real estate company that manages properties across several states. The housing agency said Latter & Blum had urged tenants to evacuate and then, after the storm, brought refrigerated buses to the property and supplies to tenants who chose to stay.
Joseph had retired many years ago from a job selling car parts. He often talked to neighbors, and his routine included taking coffee and beignets around town. He was known for his faith, his love for his family, and for some of his trademark response: “Yes, indeed,” which led his grandchildren to call him Grandpa Yes indeed. Many more people knew him for his humor, and that was how he became friends with Mr.