Hurricane Ida: Power to be restored to New Orleans by middle of next week, officials say



Power should be restored to New Orleans by the middle of next week according to Entergy – the company that provides electricity to the city and much of southeast Louisiana.

Ida’s impact resulted in more than a million homes in the state losing power, but that should be restored by Wednesday (September 8), say officials.

The hot summer temperatures have only added to residents’ woes forcing the utility company to call for patience in normal service being resumed in the storm’s wake.

With more than 25,000 workers from 40 states are trying to fix 14,000 damaged poles, Rod West, a group president for utility operations, said: “Please know that thousands of employees and contractors are currently in the field working day and night to restore power. We will continue working until every community is restored.”

The outlook was bleaker south and west of the city, where Ida’s fury fully struck.

The sheriff’s office in Lafourche Parish cautioned returning residents about the difficult situation that awaited them — no power, no running water, little cellphone service and almost no gasoline.

“Residents can return to the parish outside of curfew times but are advised to come prepared with all provisions necessary to self-sustain,” the office wrote on it’s Facebook page.

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, arrived in the state on Friday to assess the damage for himself.

After meeting with local officials and touring a community between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain that suffered catastrophic wind and water damage, he said: “I promise we’re going to have your back.”

Mr Biden has promised full federal support to Gulf Coast states and the Northeast, where Ida’s remnants dumped record-breaking rain and killed at least 50 people from Virginia to Connecticut.

At least 14 deaths have been blamed on the storm in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

The Louisiana Department of Health reported an additional death — a 59-year-old man who was poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator that was believed to be running inside his home.

Several deaths in the aftermath of the storm have been blamed on carbon monoxide poisoning, which can happen if generators are run improperly.

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