Hurricane Ida: 90% of cell sites in Southeast Louisiana online

William Taylor Potter
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Downed powerlines are seen down across  Donaldsonville, Louisiana, after Hurricane Ida came through the region Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

Less than 10% of cellular sites in Southeast Louisiana remained offline as of Monday morning, according to Federal Communications Commission. Nearly 1,200 towers have been brought back online since Hurricane Ida hit.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ida, more than 1,400 cellular sites were offline — more than half of all the towers across the impacted area. As of Monday, around 241 cellular sites were still offline.

Initially most cell sites were down due to power outages. Of the remaining offline towers, the majority have damage to the network that transports data to and from the site. Around 52.5% of the remaining downed sites have network damage, 30% do not have power and 18% have damage to the site itself. Some sites may be offline for more than one reason.

Terrebonne and Assumption Parishes had the most cellular outages in the storm's immediate aftermath, with 100% of towers offline in the areas. Lafourche Parish also had widespread outages, with more than 97% of towers down.

No Louisiana parishes currently have more than 40% of their cellular sites offline. St. James Parish and St. Helena Parish have the the most widespread outages with 36% and 31% of towers down, respectively. No other parish has more than 30% of sites offline.

Prior to Friday, counties in Mississippi and Alabama were also listed among the impacted areas, but the FCC removed them from the list. 

Two television stations remain out of service: KFOL and WYES-DT. Seven FM radio stations, including KKND, KLXH, KNOL, W208FC, WBKL, WNKV and WZRH, are offline. One FM radio station — KVDU — is rerouting programming through another station.

One AM radio station, WSHO, is offline.