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Louisiana’s Hardest Hit Areas Could Be Without Power Until Sept. 29

Residents walk down a flooded residential street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Monday in Norco, La. in St. Charles Parish. Ida made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 storm southwest of New Orleans.
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Residents walk down a flooded residential street in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Monday in Norco, La. in St. Charles Parish. Ida made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 storm southwest of New Orleans.

The parts of Louisiana that felt the brunt of Ida when it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane will have to wait weeks for the majority of power to be restored, according to the latest update from Entergy.

By the end of the month, 90% of power should be back on in the hardest-hit parishes, including parts of Jefferson, Plaquemines, Terrebonne and St. Charles.

“The damage our crews have encountered is sobering,” said Philip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, in an emailed statement. “We know our restoration work is critical to start the road to recovery for the region. We have assembled a massive workforce and will continue to make substantial progress in the coming days.”

Here are the new estimates Entergy released Saturday morning asterisks indicate ““no later than dates”:

  • Lafourche Parish, Sept. 29*
  • Lower Jefferson Parish, Sept.29*
  • Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish, Sept. 10
  • The rest of Plaquemines Parish, Sept. 29* 
  • St. Charles Parish, Sept. 29*
  • St. James Parish, Sept. 17
  • St. John Parish, Sept. 17
  • Tangipahoa Parish, Sept. 17
  • Terrebonne Parish, Sept. 29*

Entergy said its crews have identified about 17,000 downed poles, 5 million feet of downed wire and more than 3,700 damaged transformers. That’s more downed poles than what occurred during hurricanes Katrina, Delta and Zeta combined, Entergy officials said.

“No storm has even come close to this in terms of the devastation it’s placed on your system,” May said during a phone briefing with reporters Saturday morning.

Many other parishes impacted by Ida can expect to have their power restored sometime this week.

  • Ascension Parish, Sept. 7
  • Assumption Parish, Sept. 22
  • East and West Feliciana Parish, Sept. 3
  • East Bank of Jefferson Parish, Sept. 8
  • East Baton Rouge Parish, Sept. 6
  • Iberville Parish, Sept. 3
  • Livingston Parish, Sept. 7
  • St. Bernard Parish, Sept. 7
  • St. Tammany Parish, Sept. 10
  • Washington Parish, Sept. 10
  • Westbank of Jefferson Parish, Sept. 8
  • West Baton Rouge Parish, Sept. 3
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The animated GIF shows the progress of restoring power to Entergy customers in Louisiana. Any inaccuracies in Entergy’s outage map, which the company has acknowledging as happening, appear in this map as well.

For New Orleans, 90% of the power should be back Sept. 8. Entergy expects to restore power on Saturday for the following locations:

  • Along Canal St.
  • Bayou St. John
  • Broad Community
  • City Park
  • Country Club Gardens
  • Garden District
  • Keller, Lafayette Square
  • Lafitte Greenway
  • Lakeshore/Lake Vista
  • Lakeview
  • Lakewood
  • Lower Garden District
  • Mid-City
  • Navarre
  • Parkview, Pontchartrain Point
  • Small portion of New Orleans East along Paris Rd.
  • St Thomas
  • Tulane-Gravier
  • Warehouse District
  • West End 

More information on when power should be restored to specific New Orleans locations can be found here.

For Louisiana residents wondering if power has been restored to their home, Entergy said they can sign up for texts at 36778 by sending the phrase “REG.”

Customers should have their account number and zip code ready. They can also get information from Entergy’s app. The utility’s outage map had issues accurately saying whether or not specific addresses have power restored.

Stephan Bisaha is the wealth and poverty reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, a regional collaboration between NPR and member stations in Alabama (WBHM), Mississippi (MPB) and Louisiana (WWNO and WRKF). He reports on the systemic drivers of poverty in the region and economic development.

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