I have tried for the past 3 days to contact my taxi driver friend (he is Dutch but is married to a French lady and they live in French Quarter) without success. We have spoken 3-4 times since the hurricane and as of mid-week last week they had no power or water. Initially he said it might be Christmas before they had electric. The last conversation he indicated it might be into March before they had power restored due to a main tower being affected.
I will continue to try and contact him and will report if/when I do.