Whereas the remnants of Hurricane Ida hammered the northeast on Thursday, Lafourche Parish in southern Louisiana was simply starting the lengthy highway to restoration by restoring energy, getting drinkable water again on-line, and cleansing up particles.
Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson stated that regardless of the destruction, the group on the coast of Louisiana about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans has come collectively after the storm.
“We’re far forward of the place I believed we might be at this level,” Chaisson, a fifth-generation Louisianian, advised Fox Information Wednesday. “It has been a wrestle however we’re doing okay.”
Chaisson estimated that a few quarter of all houses in Lafourche have been utterly destroyed and one other 50% suffered average injury that may require restore.
Casey Gisclair, a resident of Lafourche who rode out the storm in Texas, stated that the realm presently seems like a “warzone.”
“It is life-changing. Our lives modified on Sunday. Our whole parish’s lives modified on Sunday,” Gisclair advised Fox Information. “There are houses the place it seems like somebody went in and dropped a bomb. There’s simply nothing left.”
Repairing houses will likely be a protracted course of, however Chaisson stated Wednesday that the native authorities is targeted for now on restoring energy and drinkable water, in addition to making certain individuals have meals and fundamental provides.
“All of our pod websites, or factors of distribution, have been opened yesterday,” Chaisson stated. “Persons are getting tarps and water and MREs. We hope to open our fifth pod tomorrow.”
Rep. Steve Scalise, a Republican who represents a lot of Lafourche Parish, met with Chaisson and different officers on Wednesday to debate how the state and federal governments can greatest help the group in recovering from the storm.
Port Fourchon, which is answerable for about 90% of the oil and gasoline manufacturing within the Gulf, took a direct hit when Hurricane Ida got here onshore with 150+ mph winds.
The port is now in a restoration part as personnel work to clear particles, safe roadways, and entry the realm to evaluate injury.
As residents return to their houses in Lafourche Parish, Gisclair acknowledged the lengthy highway in entrance of them.
“It is a course of that is going to take months,” he stated. “It’ll be one thing that’s going to final for a protracted, very long time.”