Entergy says power will be back on again by the middle of next week – the company that powers the city and much of southeast Louisiana.
Ida’s influence resulted in more than a million households in the state losing electricity, but that should be restored by Wednesday, Sept. 8, officials say.
The hot summer temperatures only exacerbated local residents’ problems, forcing the utility to be patient as it resumed normal operations after the storm.
With more than 25,000 workers from 40 states trying to repair 14,000 damaged masts, Rod West, a utility group president, said, “Please know that thousands of employees and contractors are currently working in the field day and night to restore power . We will continue to work until every community is restored. “
To the south and west of the city the prospects were more gloomy, where Ida’s anger struck in full.
The sheriff’s office in Lafourche Parish warned returning residents of the difficult situation awaiting them – no electricity, no running water, few cell phones and almost no gasoline.
“Residents can return to the community outside of the curfew, but it is recommended that they take all necessary self-sufficiency precautions,” the office wrote on its Facebook page.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden traveled to the state on Friday to assess the damage himself.
After meeting with local officials and touring a community between Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain that suffered catastrophic wind and water damage, he said, “I promise we’ll have your back.”
Mr Biden has pledged full federal support to the Gulf Coast states and the Northeast, where Ida’s remains have dropped record-breaking rain and killed at least 50 people from Virginia to Connecticut.
At least 14 deaths were attributed to the storm in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The Louisiana Department of Health reported another fatality – a 59-year-old man poisoned by carbon monoxide from a generator believed to be running in his home.
Several post-storm deaths have been attributed to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can occur when generators are operated improperly.
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