A week after Hurricane Ida landed in Louisiana, hundreds of thousands of residents were still without power, and full restoration of electricity to some of the hardest hit areas could last until the end of the month, Louisiana’s largest electricity company said
More than 596,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without power Sunday, according to PowerOutage.us. About 24,000 people worked “around the clock” to restore power, Entergy said Saturday.
Most New Orleans residents will have power by Wednesday, Entergy estimates, but a handful of parishes – including Lafourche, Lower Jefferson, Plaquemines, St.Charles and Terrebonne – may not see power until September 29th.
The storm damaged or destroyed more than 22,000 electric poles, 26,000 wire spans and 5,261 transformers – more poles damaged or destroyed than Katrina, Zeta and Delta combined, the company said. At the top, 902,000 customers had lost power.
The Bahamas’ Paradise Cruise Line announced on Saturday that it had entered into a charter agreement with Entergy to send its flagship Grand Classica to New Orleans to house more than 1,500 workers as they restore power to the region.
In Terrebonne Parish, Kentrell Garner and his two sons filled a large pot of bottled water Friday to cook shrimp for them and their neighbors. The trio stood among the stilts that once held their home. The bars and part of the floor were all that remained intact. The rest were in piles.
Garner, 35, and his girlfriend had renovated this house and lived in another home down by Bayou in Ashland South.
“It’s gone, too,” he said.
When both homes were destroyed by Hurricane Ida, the couple and four children ages 3 to 17 spend their nights split between a shed and a camper that somehow got through the Category 4 storm.
“We are homeless,” he said, breathing.
At least 16 deaths were blamed on Ida in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. In the Northeast, Ida’s remains dumped record rain and killed at least 50 people from Virginia to Connecticut.
Louisiana deaths rose to 12 Saturday, including five nursing home residents evacuated in front of the hurricane along with hundreds of other seniors to a warehouse in Louisiana, where health officials said conditions became precarious.
“The lack of concern for the well-being of these vulnerable residents is a violation of human dignity. We have lost confidence in these nursing homes to provide appropriate care to their residents,” says Dr. Joseph Kanter, Louisiana State health officer, in a news release Saturday.
The National Weather Service released more heat information last week due to the high humidity and temperatures in the region, and another was in effect Sunday for parts of southern Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana.
The National Weather Service said heat index values were expected to range from 100 to 105 degrees.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check on relatives and neighbors,” the National Weather Service said.
As of now, Ida is the deadliest hurricane the United States has seen in four years and the deadliest storm in the Northeast since 2012’s catastrophic superstorm Sandy, which killed more than 100 people.
President Joe Biden traveled to Louisiana over the weekend to investigate the injury and announced he will travel to Manville, New Jersey and Queens, New York, on Tuesday.
Contributing: Leigh Guidry, The Daily Advertiser; Associated Press
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