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Half A Million Still Without Power In Louisiana As Deaths Rise One Week After Hurricane Ida

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 6, 2021


More than 500,000 customers in Louisiana still lacked power Monday morning as the deadly aftermath of Hurricane Ida stretched into its second week—with some parts of the state bracing for blackouts to last through the end of this month. 

Key Facts

Down from the roughly 600,000 without power on Sunday, about 510,000 of Louisiana’s over 2.1 million energy customers were experiencing outages early Monday, according to PowerOutage.US.

Power has been largely restored to the western part of the state, but severe blackouts remain in southeastern Louisiana, where 10 parishes have 50% or more of their residents without power. 

Six parishes still have nearly all of their residents in the dark—Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. James and St. Helena—and may continue to face widespread outages for weeks more, Entergy Corporation President Philip May said over the weekend. 

Though originally expected to take weeks to service, New Orleans has made steady progress with about 52% of its power restored Monday morning. 

Big Number 

1.2 million. That’s how many customers originally lost power when the storm hit Louisiana.

Crucial Quote 

“The level of devastation makes it quite difficult or near impossible to get in and fully access some places,” May told The Associated Press, projecting it could take until Sept. 29 for full power restoration from a storm he described as more destructive than hurricanes Katrina, Zeta and Delta combined. 

Key Background 

After pummeling Louisiana last week, the Category 4 storm went on to hit the Gulf Coast and Northeast. The death toll across all the areas affected by the storm is at least 62, according to The Wall Street Journal, though the number continues to rise. The extended blackouts have resulted in a slew of carbon monoxide poisoning cases among residents turning to makeshift power sources local officials warn are dangerous. This includes the death of a family of three who set up a generator outside of their home while they were left without power. 

Further Reading 

“Power Returning To New Orleans Within Days—Not Weeks, Electric Company Says” (Forbes)


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