4 Days After Ida, Storm Recovery Is Uneven Across Louisiana

A man rests while helping neighbors at a home damaged in Hurricane Ida, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, in Jean Lafitte, La. Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled Wednesday for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat as thousands of line workers toiled to restore electricity and officials vowed to set up more sites where people could get free meals and cool off. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP) — The power outages after Hurricane Ida are making the sweltering summer unbearable in much of New Orleans. But that misery is compounded in some areas outside the city by a lack of water, flooded neighborhoods and severely damaged homes.

Four days after the Ida struck, the storm’s lingering effects are being felt unevenly across Louisiana. New Orleans was protected from catastrophic flooding by the levee system that was revamped after Hurricane Katrina.

The power was back on Thursday in parts of the city’s business district and other downtown neighborhoods. But the overwhelming majority of homes were still dark.


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