Power beginning to return to Terrebonne and Lafourche
Electricity has slowly been returning to Terrebonne and Lafourche after Hurricane Ida plunged the area into darkness 10 days ago.
SLECA has restored power to the Oakshire neighborhood in Houma and more is expected to follow soon, Terrebonne officials said.
Electricity has returned to the Schriever Water Plant which will allow water to be tested, officials said. If the water is up to “stringent standards,” the boil advisory may be lifted in the coming days. In the meantime, Terrebonne remains under water-boil advisory.
Terrebonne’s utilities department is waiting on a transmission line from Entergy so that residents on the Houma system can begin to receive power, officials said. In the meantime, utility crews are working on substations and distribution lines.
Crews are working to restore water in the down-the-bayou communities but progress has been slow due to leaks that need to be repaired, officials said.
The Terrebonne Animal Shelter is encountering more stray animals each day, officials said. The organization 911 Foster Pets is available to provide temporary foster care for a pet if needed. Pet supplies are also available at the various distribution sites throughout the parish.
Meanwhile, the lights are also beginning to return to parts of Thibodaux and Chackbay, Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson said.
Thibodaux resident Danielle Stein said electricity returned to her home Tuesday night.
"We are so grateful," she said. "We know how blessed we are to be some of the first in Lafourche Parish with power so my daughter and I are out volunteering in the community today, doing what we can to give back to those who are less fortunate."
In other updates, FEMA will be conducting disaster survivor assistance outreach and registration from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Grand Caillou Middle School, 2161 Grand Caillou Road.
The Bayou Blue Fire Department distribution site at 1870 Bayou Blue will cease operations after Friday, officials said. A new location will open Saturday at the Bayou Blue Recreation Center, 200 Mazerac St.