Hurricane Ida Leaves Louisianans Trapped, Power Grid Shattered

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But without power and no idea when electricity would be restored, she didn’t plan to stay long.“We don’t need to go through that. The power company said more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines were out of service, along with 216 substations. A short time later, the whole side of the living room fell onto his neighbor’s driveway.“Lucky the whole thing didn’t fall inward. Stephanie Blaise returned to her home with her father in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward after evacuating. Ida’s 150 mph (230 kph) winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane ever to hit the mainland.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters Monday, and utility repair crews rushed in, after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and made a shambles of the electrical grid in the sticky, late-summer heat.

People living amid the maze of rivers and bayous along the state’s Gulf Coast retreated to their attics or rooftops and posted their addresses on social media with instructions for search-and-rescue...

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