Natalie Shomali, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint DAA.
Over one million people were left with power outages and threats of flooding due to heavy rain and strong winds after Hurricane Ida hit the Gulf states Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi at the end of August.
This was the strongest hurricane to face Louisiana in years, it’s winds tied with the ‘Last Island hurricane’ that hit in 1856. After the disaster, all of New Orleans had no electricity from high winds that had cut the power lines. The hurricane had also dropped up to 20 inches of rain, causing flooding. Ida damaged over 22,000 power poles, more than hurricanes Katrina, Zeta and Delta combined.
About a quarter of New Orleans residents, including all hospitals in the city, have power back. The city’s 27 substations are also ready to serve customers. However, the head of Entergy Louisiana says that the full return of electricity to destroyed areas outside of New Orleans could take until the end of September.
After one death report on September 1, 2021, the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, states that he ‘expects the numbers of reported deaths to rise.’