Thousands remain without power in Terrebonne and Lafourche two weeks after Ida

Dan Copp
The Courier
Line workers work to restore power in the Chauvin and Montegut areas in a photo provided Monday by Entergy.

Sunday marked two weeks since Hurricane Ida tore through Terrebonne and Lafourche. 

About 22,508 people, or 81%, still remained without power in Terrebonne and 31,078, or 70%, of customers in Lafourche, Entergy officials said. 

Terrebonne's daily curfew has been changed to 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., officials said. As more power is restored, the curfew will be assessed, Terrebonne Sheriff Tim Soignet said. 

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The daily curfew in Lafourche remains 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.   

Entergy Louisiana spokesman Brandon Scardigli said Sunday crews are working to restore electricity to businesses in Terrebonne.    

“We will continue to address major damages to lines in and around areas with an emphasis on trying to restore power to key commercial locations like grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations in the near future,” he said. 

The company is continuing to clear roads and pick up poles and wires while repairing feeder lines at the same time, Scardigli said. 

“We expect to continue this focus while we expand to residential areas and restore power to the parish,” he said.  

Terrebonne Parish President Gordy Dove thanked crews for their hard work during the last 14 days. 

“It's been two weeks today that Hurricane Ida passed through Terrebonne, creating devastating damage throughout our parish,” Dove said Sunday. “Power is being restored to thousands of homes daily, and water has been restored to about 90% of Terrebonne. We have made significant strides over the last two weeks, but we still have a long ways to go.” 

Residents south of the Intracoastal Waterway in Terrebonne are still advised to boil their water before drinking it, the parish's water district said. The same applies to about 97 customers in the Oakshire subdivision north of the waterway.

Though most Entergy customers in Lafourche are projected to have power by Sept. 29, some may not have electricity beyond that date due to the extent of the damage, Scardigli said. 

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“The area suffered massive damage, and the electric network in southern portions of the parish will have to be completely rebuilt,” he said. “These areas, including Golden Meadow and areas south of Golden Meadow, may experience outages that extend beyond Sept. 29. We are currently evaluating alternate solutions to be able to safely provide power as quickly as possible.”

A boil-water advisory remained in place in all of south Lafourche and parts of central Lafourche. Other areas of Lafourche under the order as of Monday included Gheens, Des Allemands, the Romero subdivision in Bayou Blue and Grand Bois.  

A burn ban remains in place for Terrebonne and Lafourche. 

-- Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.