Hurricane Ida hit the shores of Louisiana on August 29th, the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Now that a month has passed since the initial impact, the hurricane no longer dominates headlines, but the people of Louisiana are still feeling the effects of the storm.
There will likely be a long road to recovery from Ida. Below we’ll take a look at the progress so far and what hurdles residents continue to face.
Tent City Houses Support Workers
Support workers are being housed in tents across the state as they assist with recovery operations. This includes repairing damaged equipment, restoring power, and clearing debris, especially in harder-hit coastal areas.
In some areas, debris collection is expected to continue until the end of October. This is because garbage trucks are now up and running again to collect regular household waste and remove debris.
Residents Unable to Return to Homes
Many Louisiana residents have yet to safely return to their homes and are staying in hotels or with relatives, while others have left the state. Other families continue to clean up their homes before moving back or salvage items not destroyed by the storm.
After Hurricane Katrina, some residents received money to elevate their homes, and now others are hoping to receive grant funds to do the same.
Power Outages Continue
Hurricane Ida knocked out power to about 1.1 million customers in Louisiana, and thousands are still without power as energy companies repair damaged equipment and downed lines. According to Entergy, the Louisiana power company, there are still more than 4,000 people without power.
Many people are also still without running water or have been told to boil water before using it.
Oil Spillages Soar
Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, the service hub for most of the offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, which has caused problems in terms of oil spills.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported 55 spills two weeks after Hurricane Ida hit. This compares to the five spills NOAA picked up in the two weeks before Ida.
“That’s unprecedented, based on our 10-year record,” Ellen Ramirez, who oversees NOAA’s round-the-clock satellite detection of marine pollution, including oil spills, told the New York Times that “Ida has had the most significant impact to offshore drilling” since the program began.
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