Supply shortage due to Storm Ida, officials warned of long recovery

Supply shortage due to Storm Ida, officials warned of long recovery

A member of a rescue team helps evacuate a woman after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on August 30, 2021 in Laplace, Louisiana.

Marco Bello | Reuters

Communities in the southeast are battling Hurricane Ida after storm systems wreaked havoc on power grids and water systems amid scorching summer heat.

According to, more than a million customers in Louisiana were left without power. About 52,000 lost electricity in Mississippi.

Since Ida made landfall on Sunday, utility crews have moved to assess the damage to the city’s power grid, electricity supplier Entergi said, a process that would take several days. The company tweeted Monday that it would take “too long” to restore power transmission.

Meanwhile, 18 water systems malfunctioned, affecting more than 312,000 people, and another 14 systems serving 329,000 people were subject to boil water advisories, the Associated Press reported. Residents are fleeing for fresh drinking water and ice, as well as non-perishable food.

Gasoline is also becoming harder and harder to find, as people seek fuel from cars or generators. That means regional prices are expected to rise temporarily, the American Automobile Association said.

“There’s no point in staying,” a resident told CNBC’s Frank Holland, panting. “Our water is a garbage can. It’s very difficult to live here.

Highway 51 is flooded after Hurricane Ida hit Laplace, Louisiana on August 30, 2021.

Mickey Welsh | Montgomery Advertiser | USA Today Network via Reuters

It all takes place in the midst of the sweltering heat of late summer. The heat advisory was in effect for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi, where the heat index value could reach 106 degrees.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Ida made landfall over Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane with gusts of 150 mph, the strongest to hit the region since the hurricane. Katrina. One of the storms. The storm has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is moving into the Tennessee Valley. Heavy rains are expected in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and the mid-Atlantic region through Wednesday.


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