Parts of New Orleans, La. are still under water as residents feel the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. On Sunday, over 217,000 people are still without power five days after Isaac headed through the state. Hurricane Isaac in the U.S. killed at least seven people and 2,800 people are currently registered at shelters throughout Louisiana. Some utility workers attempt to clean up trees, poles and other debris, although many Entergy repair crews have reportedly been idling time in staging areas, neighborhoods, and even strip clubs and casinos.
New Orleans residents, while sweating through a blackout that is reported to last for another five days in some areas, took to Twitter and other social networking sites to complain about Entergy, the company attempting to bring power back to the area. While some already call for a boycott, many are just asking Entergy to leave the strip clubs and casinos until after power has been restored to their homes. Reports of a fleet of company vehicles “three deep” caused state and local officials to promise they will examine the storm response by Entergy, although that does little to please those now struggling with no power for five days and fighting the heat with temperatures above 90 degrees. Entergy reports they restored power to almost 500,000 people by Monday and they hope to have 90% of power restored by Wednesday. Many question whether more people would have power now if Entergy had been using their staff of 12,000 people appropriately.
The list of hardships continues for those in New Orleans. Much of Plaquemines Parish is still under water as deep as five feet in some places. Some report cattle and other animals taking refuge on people’s porches and even breaking windows and climbing into houses. With flooded roads and power outages, many roads have no traffic lights and no one available to direct traffic. This has become hazardous to those venturing out to get food. Many of the grocery stores without phone lines are cash only, so this has created yet another problem. Once the power is back on, many people will have a hard task rebuilding their homes and their lives.
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