[Ed. – On top of everything else, residents are dealing with temperatures that feel like they’re in the hundreds and no electricity to power even a fan.]
Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled 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.
There was a glimmer of hope early Wednesday when power company Entergy announced its crews had turned “power on for some customers in Eastern New Orleans.” Still, power and water outages affected hundreds of thousands of people, many of them with no way to get immediate relief.
“I don’t have a car. I don’t have no choice but to stay,” said Charles Harris, 58, as he looked for a place to eat Tuesday in a New Orleans’ neighborhood where Ida snapped utility poles and brought down power lines two days earlier.