Friday, September 09, 2005

New Orleans Property/Criminal Records Lost

FYI -- The entire collection of documents recording real estate transfers, mortgages, liens, etc. - current and back to the beginning of the city - is housed in the basement of City Hall.

Which is... can anyone guess?

Under water.

FYI -- All documents, evidence, etc. regarding the pending criminal prosecutions by the District Attorney of New Orleans is...

Can anyone guess?

Under water.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can the city that care forgot grant amnisty?

Lois
Madison, WI

10:44 PM, September 09, 2005  
Blogger TAG said...

For overdue tax bills? lol. Did you see the picture that I posted of the parking ticket on that Jeep after Katrina hit.

I don't know. The historical documents down there. I have several friends who are/were title abstracters, I've been down there. Gross loss. Gross historical loss.

10:58 PM, September 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if people dont have their deeds, when will the city just take the property without payout under eminent domain? hmmm

1:19 AM, September 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But isn't it all on a computer somewhere too? Even if the computer is underwater too, there are so many commercial databanks (i.e. the ones who've been in the news lately for losing this information to hackers and thieves!!) out there who sell this kind of information that it's probably retrievable.

4:11 AM, September 10, 2005  
Blogger BayouMaMa2 said...

Brilliant...gees!

1:34 PM, September 10, 2005  
Blogger Marel Lecone said...

I know this isn't the worst thing that we have heard from Katrina. But, this is terrible. Take care. I've been checking in. I actually linked you at my blog. So honest--this blog.

3:08 PM, September 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Title companies normally have their own records on proprietary computers and of course lien holders will certainly have the original documents and financial records documenting what they are owed so there should be numerous backups but there is still the historical loss of the old papers.

1:55 AM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all of the criminal evidence D&A, guns, fingerprints, drugs, witness records, etc. underwater, the defense attorneys in N.O. are going to have a field day. I heard that the thugs already in jail were temporarily housed on an elevated protion of the interstate. Now they are in more comfortable digs at the train station on Loyola Ave. Whew, now, I really feel safe...

3:04 PM, September 11, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was reading somewhere about a private firm that specializes in restoring water-damaged documents. They freeze them, then freeze-dry them, then extract all the water. They were coming into NO just a few days after the Hurricane hit in order to try to save the documents from some museum.

Doubtful they'll be called in for the prosecutorial evidence, though. *wink, wink*

9:43 AM, September 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey- how about traffic court records- I have a court date sometime in october and wouldn't it be grand if I don't have to pay my ticket after all? Heh. I'll bet all THOSE records are safe and sound.

3:08 PM, September 15, 2005  
Blogger PrincessJess said...

so if these pending cases are lost and there is no backup files anywhere else....does that mean that everyone's criminal records that were stored there are lost? those people are all clean now or what? haha if that's the case i guess they won't be needing a pardon to clean their past then!

1:08 PM, October 27, 2006  

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