In Ida’s aftermath, no quick relief in sight for Louisiana | National News
The New Orleans airport, closed since the storm hit, planned to reopen Wednesday for “very limited” flights, an airport statement said. Only American Airlines had flights scheduled Wednesday, but officials “hope for more normal operations later in the week,” it said.
Edwards on Tuesday surveyed damage from the storm, which caused massive flooding and structure damage in Houma, LaPlace and other communities outside New Orleans.
The barrier island of Grand Isle, which bore Ida’s full fury, is “uninhabitable,” with every building damaged, Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng told a news conference. There are also numerous breaks in the levee system and a strong odor of natural gas, she said.
More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power when Ida slammed the electric grid on Sunday with its 150 mph (240 kph) winds, toppling a major transmission tower and knocking out thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations. Karen Clark & Company, a risk-modeling firm, estimated that insured losses could total $18 billion.
An estimated 25,000-plus utility workers labored to restore electricity, but officials said it could take weeks.
Kisha Brown, a medical receptionist who rode out the storm with her two daughters at her apartment, was among hundreds of people who turned to one of the sites in New Orleans distributing free meals. She lost her power and said her food supply was dwindling. But her other major concern was the heat.