New Orleans — A new tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring more wind and rain, even though blue waterproof sheets cover damaged roofs throughout Louisiana and more than 100,000 people remain out of power. Already vulnerable inhabitants who have been and may delay and threaten the state’s recovery from Hurricane Aida.
Luiziana citizens are afraid of the arrival of a tropical cyclone, Nicholas, which will hit Texas on Monday morning and rush northeast along the Luiziana coast on Monday night. Just over two weeks after Hurricane Aida hit the state. Forecasters say more than a foot of rain can drench some areas.
Valerie Williams, nervously staring at the cloudy sky on Sunday afternoon from his home in Ruling, about 30 minutes west of New Orleans, said, “Neighbors and all of us are quite anxious to see this other depression. I am. ” Her husband and son installed tarpaulins on the roof after the roof was damaged by the wind from Hurricane Ida. “We don’t need another — we really don’t,” she said.
Ida left New Orleans for over 50 hours without power. All but a small part of the city has been restored, but about 118,000 electricity customers outside New Orleans are still in the dark.
Entergy, the state’s largest power company, said the new storm could delay the time it takes for these residents to regain power. New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana were hit hardest by Aida, but could rain up to 4 inches, and southwestern state could rain up to 10 inches.
In Texas, the damage can be exacerbated. Forecasters have warned that a large flood could occur in a city of 85,000 people from Brownsville, Texas to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana declared an emergency on Sunday night. “All Louisianas should pay close attention to this tropical system,” he said. Bordering Texas, officials in the Calcasieu Parish, including Lake Charles, have set up several sandbag filling sites to help people strengthen their homes.
Edwards warned that the new storm is very likely to cause the worst damage in the southwestern part of the state. Many inhabitants were still recovering from Hurricane Laura in August 2020, and floods occurred this May when the streets looked like rivers and cars. Completely submerged. But Edwards said the rest of the state’s inhabitants, including those affected by Aida, are also at risk.
In southwestern Louisiana, many homes are covered with blue tarpaulins even after Hurricane Laura caused havoc. Overall, more than 52,000 citizens are demanding the free installation of durable tarpaulins through the Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded program, Blue Roof.
The installation is carried out or supervised by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The program is still in its infancy, but Colonel Zachary L. Miller of the Corps’ Aida recovery mission said he wanted to install all temporary roofs within 60 days.
Now he said Nicholas may delay the efforts of the workers. “We understand the sense of urgency that homeowners feel,” he said. “We also understand that more rain can cause more damage.”