The night curfew was lifted in New Orleans, because the American city was close to fully powering up 10 days after Hurricane Ida, but hundreds of thousands of people outside the city still lack lights and water, and more than 250,000 children cannot return to school.
When the hurricane came, the city was in total darkness Ida hits the coast of Louisiana On August 29, wind speeds of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) caused more than 1 million people to lose power across the state.
Two days later, the New Orleans police and Mayor LaToya Cantrell imposed a curfew from 8 pm to 6 am local time on the grounds of theft and other minor crimes. They withdrew the order on Wednesday morning, but the police department said in a statement that it would “strengthen and concentrate patrols throughout the city.”
At the same time, officials raised the state’s death toll from Ida to 26 on Wednesday, and the other 11 deaths all occurred in New Orleans. The state health department stated that the deaths occurred between August 30 and September 6, but the Orleans parish coroner had just confirmed that they were related to the storm.
The department stated that the nine deaths in New Orleans came from “overheating during prolonged power outages,” involving people between 64 and 79 years of age. The remaining two deaths involved carbon monoxide poisoning.
Cade Brumley, Louisiana Director of Education, noted that 250,000 students are still unable to attend classes due to the hurricane. Before Ida, despite the prevalence of COVID-19 cases, schools across the state have been open, despite the statewide implementation of mask regulations for all indoor places.
“We need to get those kids back to us as soon as possible,” Blumley said.
In New Orleans, the head of the school, Henderson Lewis Jr, said that the damage to the school seemed minimal, but all buildings needed to be restored to power, and teachers, faculty, staff, and families needed to return to the city.
Lewis said in a statement: “Our children now more than ever benefit from the comfort of structured and regular daily education.” “So, let us work together to quickly and safely reopen. our school.”
Lewis said he expects that some students will resume classes at the earliest next week, and all students will return to school in a week.
No estimate of the reopening of schools in the five dioceses is provided Hurricane Ida hit hardest Approximately 320,000 people live here: Terrebonne, Lafourche, St James, St Charles and St John the Baptist. Ten days after the hurricane, 96% of utility customers in these parishes still had power outages.
In the city of Houma in the parish of Terrebonne, there are bucket trucks equipped with linemen on every street. As time goes by, as street lights start working on the busy Grand Caillou road in the early afternoon, there is progress. sign.
Even when parts of the parish of Terrebonne began to supply electricity, its use of Coy Verdin was very limited. The 52-year-old fisherman lives in his son’s home in Houma. His home by the river mouth was almost destroyed in the storm.
“All the ceilings have collapsed. You can see the daylight through the roof,” Verdin said. “What we have is basically just a shell.”
Ada also scattered most of his 200 crab traps in unknown places. “The only thing I have left is my boat and some of my commercial fishing rigging,” he said.
Entergy Louisiana President and CEO Philip May said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday that of the 902,000 people who lost power during the peak of Hurricane Ida across the state, 600,000 have now returned to power.
Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the power company expects that 90% of the city will be back online by Wednesday night, said Deanna Rodriguez, President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. “The larger New Orleans area is coming back to life,” Rodriguez said.
May warned that some people whose power is restored may still lose power at some point in the next few days. That’s because the canopy is severely damaged by Ada, and the damaged branches still on the tree may be shaken loose and fall off.
On Wednesday, fuel supply was still difficult. According to GasBuddy.com, about 48% of gas stations in Baton Rouge did not have gasoline. Approximately 56% of New Orleans’ stations are also in a state of drought.
There are still about 62,000 people No running water In Louisiana, the state health department reported. This is significantly lower than the hundreds of thousands who had no water immediately after Ida landed.
Despite this, more than 580,000 people were told to boil the water to ensure safety.
In many communities, houses are still uninhabitable. Approximately 3,200 people live in a mass shelter near Louisiana, and another 25,000 people whose houses have been damaged live in hotel rooms through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s transitional shelter program.