After Hurricane Ida, long queues formed in front of gas stations in many places in the US state of Louisiana. Many people queued with canisters to get gasoline for generators at the pumps due to power outages in the area. Many gas stations in the area remain closed, and roads are clogged with rubble. Meanwhile, a nighttime curfew has been imposed in New Orleans from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am.
Ida hit the Louisiana coast southwest of New Orleans on Sunday as a severe hurricane of four out of five. The storm also damaged the important crude oil port of Port Fortune. This serves as a transit point for many oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House said Tuesday (local time) that in order to improve gasoline supplies, regulations on maximum driving time for truck drivers have been temporarily relaxed. Environmental guidelines will also be temporarily suspended in Louisiana and neighboring Mississippi in order to increase supply in the short term, the responsible Environmental Protection Agency said.
In Louisiana, about 1 million households are still without power as a result of the storm damage. In the large city of New Orleans of about 400,000 residents, the electric current continued to break down completely – and that was precisely during the summer heat, when most residents rely on their electric air-conditioning systems. It is not yet clear how long it will take to restore at least a large part of the show.
In addition, a temporary night curfew was imposed in New Orleans due to the effects of the hurricane. The city’s mayor, Latoya Cantrell, announced that this will apply from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. The police justified the move on the grounds of public safety. Because of the power outages in the city, it is currently not safe to be on the streets at night. In addition, the police want to take action against looting.
Cantrell announced that the first small portion of the city’s electricity supply will be back on track on Wednesday. No one should expect the lights to come on all at once. This will take some time and only the power supply will be restored step by step.
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