Hurricane Ida has swept out of New Orleans, into inland Mississippi.
The New Orleanians are no longer bracing for the hurricane. Now they’re dealing with the immediate aftermath: the looting.
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New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell already issued a shelter-in-place order, instead of an evacuation order. It went into effect on Aug. 28.
“Time is not on our side,” Cantrell said at a press conference on Aug. 27. “The city cannot issue a mandatory evacuation because we do not have time.”
The shelter-in-place order remains in effect, Cantrell announced today on Twitter. The entire city remains without electricity as of Monday afternoon, but Cantrell has been communicating through social media.
In a Twitter video, she said, “The plant that provides power to Entergy New Orleans was compromised. This plant is not located in Orleans Parish. However, we rely on this plant.” Entergy New Orleans is a local energy supplier.
She urged her constituents to shelter in place, and she warned them against venturing outside to survey the damage.
“This is citywide. So, this is the time to continue to remain in your safe places, not a time to venture out throughout our city at all,” she said. “It’s unsafe.”
Cantrell also invited comment from New Orleans Police Department Chief Shaun Ferguson, who reiterated Cantrell’s points.
“Without power, that creates opportunities for some, and we will not tolerate that. We will implement our anti-looting deployment to ensure the safety of our citizens, to ensure the safety of our citizens’ properties,” he remarked.
“And as the mayor also stated, because it is dark, because we are without power, we need to be vigilant, because you are traveling in an area in which you will put yourself in danger, which ultimately will put our public safety members in danger. So please shelter in place, and we will get through this together.”
The mayor also urged her constituents to sign up for a text alert service.
“Sign up for NOLA Ready alerts by texting NOLAREADY to 77295,” she said. “We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more and as we do more.”
She closed by remarking, “We’re going to get through this better than we’ve ever done before.”
Watch the full video below —
Just wanted to give you all another update. This time around, I’m joined by NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson????????
We have now lost power, citywide! This is the time to continue to remain in your safe places. It isn’t a time to venture out!!
We will get through this together! ????⚜️ pic.twitter.com/NBoD2HY07J
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) August 30, 2021
The Horn editorial team