“Electricity is one of the biggest challenges we face across southeastern Louisiana …. Recovery rates are not uniform and will always be. We always see people power up. I’m happy, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said on Saturday.
Edwards said at a press conference in the Parish of Livingston that the number of unpowered customers on Saturday noon was 718,559, including homes and businesses on par with “much more” people. Said. This is down from the peak of 1.1 million customers who were unpowered shortly after Aida struck Louisiana.
Edwards said the electrical infrastructure needs to be strengthened, but with limitations.
“It’s hard to imagine an electrical infrastructure, or any other type of infrastructure, that can withstand this severe storm without interruption, but to minimize these interruptions. I know we can do it, “says Edwards. Said.
However, doing so would require a large investment that would itself pay off over time, Edwards said.
“Especially given the increasing frequency of serious weather events, as well as the severity of these weather events,” he said. Louisiana was hit by five hurricanes within 368 days, Edwards said.
“We can’t go back to current standards,” he said.
“In addition to the damage or destruction of 24,308 utility poles, the fall of 29,084 spanned wires, and the failure of 5,742 transformers, 212 transmission structures destroyed by Hurricane Ida have been identified. That is, completely. It needs to be rebuilt, “said in a statement on that website.
The power shortage was intolerable, and on Saturday New Orleans began sending deprived people to power-powered shelters in northern Louisiana and Texas. The new shuttle program will pick you up from the city convention center on a charter bus.
“We are doing everything we can to expedite your bailout,” Edwards said, seeking patience from those affected by Aida.
In Louisiana, the storm has killed 13 people. Edwards said the four died from carbon monoxide poisoning and urged people to be careful when using the generator.
“It’s tasteless and odorless, and you don’t know it’s happening until it’s too late,” Edwards said, referring to carbon monoxide.
There is a shortage of gas as people wait for hours to fill up
Long lines began to form on Saturday morning before the gas station opened in uptown New Orleans.
A day ago, Eric Meltz said he would drive 20 miles from his neighboring St. Charles parish home and wait for petrol outside a gas station in New Orleans.
Still, he waited for hours.
“I’m wondering where the help is,” Meltz said on Friday. “I don’t have air conditioning. I don’t have lighting. I had Covid last year. I’ve been in the ICU for 14 days and am on oxygen therapy (currently under treatment). I don’t have electricity. It’s rough.”
Many gas stations are not functioning or are out of fuel. Some people have been waiting for hours outside the gas station. Many people want gas to fuel their cars. Some are to drive out of the area, and some are simply to use the car as an air-conditioned break. Others want to fuel their home generators to keep using electricity.
According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto, a fight over gas is deadly when a man waiting for gas on Friday is shot dead after confronting a man who cut a line at a gas station in Metairie. Became a target.
The suspect crouched on Friday night, Lopinto said in a Saturday news briefing. The sheriff claimed self-defense, “inconsistent with any of the witnesses’ testimonies.”
Preliminary information indicates that the suspect bypassed the gas pipe and “faced the person he cut,” Lopinto said. Lopinto added that the suspect returned to his car, recovered the gun and shot the victim deadly.
The sheriff pumped patience.
“We don’t have enough cops on the street so we can sit at every gas station and play a babysitter,” he said. “We … need people who behave like adults.”
“It’s not an escaped neighborhood,” says local officials.
Specifically, he said the Metalirie and Kenner communities experienced widespread destruction.
“We were hit by wind everywhere,” said Impastato. “There are no escaped neighborhoods, escaped streets, or neighborhoods without a large number of split utility poles.”
He said the boiling water recommendations in the parish were due to a power outage. Impastato estimated that about 80% of the damaged homes were relatively habitable in Jefferson.
“It will speed up that recovery (and) make it very manageable to return to where we were,” Impastato said.
Meanwhile, Terrebonne parish officials are asking residents to limit their use of water due to a power outage in the parish’s sewage system.
CNN’s Adrian Broaddas, Cay Jones, Melissa Alonso, Jason Hannah, Travis Coldwell, and John Bonifield contributed to this report.