Friday, September 17, 2021

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Louisiana shows no signs of rapid relief

New Orleans-Residents of Louisiana are still shocked by the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida, as thousands of line workers have worked so hard to restore electricity, and officials have vowed to build more places that people can use for free. , They scrambled to find food, gas, water and relief to eat and calm down.

Earlier Wednesday, the power company Entergy announced that its staff had “turned on some customers in eastern New Orleans,” which gave people a glimmer of hope. Nevertheless, the power and water cuts affected hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were unable to receive immediate relief.

“I don’t have a car. I have no choice but to stay,” said Charles Harris, 58, while looking for a place to eat near New Orleans on Tuesday, where Ada broke two days ago. Telegraph poles and the wires were removed.

Harris couldn’t use the generator, and he said that the heat was starting to tire him. New Orleans and other parts of the region are receiving high temperature consultations, and forecasters said the combination of high temperature and humidity could make Wednesday feel like 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius).

New Orleans officials announced seven places around the city where people can eat and sit in air conditioners. Mayor LaToya Cantrell (LaToya Cantrell) said the city also uses 70 buses as cooling stations and will set up a distribution point for drive-thru food, water and ice on Wednesday. Louisiana Governor John Bell Edwards said that state officials are also working to set up distribution points in other parts of the state.

Cantrell ordered a night curfew on Tuesday, saying it was an effort to prevent crime after Hurricane Ida cut power to the entire city. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson (Shaun Ferguson) said that some people were arrested for theft.

Although some lights were restored on Wednesday, Entergy did not immediately say how many homes and businesses have restored power. A company statement stated that reconnecting all of New Orleans “given the severe damage to the city’s power grid”, “still takes time.”

The company said it is seeking to restore power to “critical infrastructure” such as hospitals, nursing homes and emergency personnel first.

Cantrell admitted that there will be frustration in the coming days.

“We know the weather is very hot. We know we don’t have any power, and this is still a priority,” she said at a press conference.

When Jefferson Parish authorities confirmed on Wednesday that a woman was found dead in the Lafitte community’s home, the death toll from the hurricane rose to at least five in Louisiana and Mississippi. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Captain Jason Rivard said the woman was found during a rescue operation on Monday. He did not provide more details.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Louisiana shows no signs of rapid relief
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