Sumary of Ida’s sweltering aftermath: No power, no water, no gasoline:
- NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Louisianans sweltered in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida on Tuesday with no electricity, no tap water, precious little gasoline and no clear idea of when things might improve.
- John Bel Edwards said as the cleanup and rebuilding began across the soggy region in the oppressive late-summer heat.
- MORE ON IDA AFTERMATHNew Orleans officials announced seven places around the city people could get a meal and sit in air conditioning.
- Edwards said state officials also were working to set up food, water and ice distribution, but that it wouldn’t start Tuesday.
- More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — 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.
- An estimated 25,000-plus utility workers labored to restore electricity, but officials said it could take weeks.