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.
The dead included two people killed when seven vehicles crashed into a 20-foot (6 meters) hole near Lucerdale, Mississippi, on Monday night, where a highway collapsed after heavy rains. His brother Keith Brown said, including construction worker Kent Brown, he is a “well-loved” 49-year-old father of two children. Edwards said he expects the death toll to rise.
The airport statement stated that the New Orleans airport has been closed since the storm and plans to reopen “very limited” flights on Wednesday. Only American Airlines has flights on Wednesday, but officials “hope to have more normal operations later this week,” it said.
Edwards investigated the damage caused by the storm on Tuesday, which caused large-scale flooding and structural damage in Houma, Laplace and other communities outside of New Orleans.
Cynthia Li Sheng, chairman of Jefferson Diocese, said at a press conference that the barrier island of the Big Island, which made Ada’s rage, was “uninhabitable” and every building was destroyed. She said that the dike system also had many damages and there was a strong smell of natural gas.
More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi caused a major transmission tower to collapse, thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of Power outages in two substations. Karen Clark & Company, a risk modeling company, estimates that the total insured losses could reach $18 billion.
It is estimated that more than 25,000 utility workers are working to restore power, but officials say this may take several weeks.
Kisha Brown is a medical receptionist. She and her two daughters weathered the storm in her apartment. Hundreds of people turned to a New Orleans website that distributes free meals. She lost motivation and said that her food supply was dwindling. But her other main concern is heat.
“My last choice may be to go to the hospital,” she said. “If I show my ID, they will let me in.”
Other residents rely on generators, raising concerns about carbon monoxide poisoning. Spokesperson Ryan Cross said that as of late Tuesday afternoon, Notre Dame Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge had treated more than a dozen carbon monoxide poisoning patients.
Elsewhere in New Orleans, drivers lined up for about a quarter of a mile, waiting to enter Costco, one of the few refueling points in the city. At other gas stations, motorists occasionally stop by the fuel pump, see the handle wrapped in a plastic bag, and then drive away.
About 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of Laplace, Enola Vappie and her sons sit in her carport, hoping that the temperature in her damaged house will gradually rise If the air conditioner cannot be operated, it blows with a breeze.
The 78-year-old Vappie was one of about 441,000 people across the state who lost water after floods and power outages paralyzed the treatment plant. But she was already thinking about what she would do when it came back.
“I can’t wait to take a bubble bath,” she said. “I might live in that bathtub.”
Deslatte reports from Thibodeau, Louisiana. Associated Press writers Janet McConaughey, Rebecca Santana, and Stacey Plaisance in New Orleans; Jay Reeves in Houma, Louisiana; Travis Loller in Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta Sudhin Thanawala contributed to this report.