No more curfew! NOLA is slowly going back to normal.
The overnight curfew for the Orleans Parish was finally lifted yesterday, after more than a week after Ida hit the city. The hurricane left a million people without electricity and thousands with damage to their homes and businesses.
However, New Orleanians are getting a little bit of hope, as things return to normal. The curfew was established from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am since August 31, as a public safety measure following the lack of power in most of NOLA.
Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the good news yesterday on her social media, adding that blue light patrols will continue in places without electricity.
The curfew has been lifted for Orleans Parish this morning, Wednesday, September 8, at 6:00 am.
However, we will continue to do blue light patrols in the areas where the power is still out.
— Mayor LaToya Cantrell (@mayorcantrell) September 8, 2021
Entergy has announced that the power has been restored in 75% of the areas affected and they plan to increase this percentage in the next few days. Sadly, some areas in Louisiana that were hit the hardest will probably stay in the dark for a few more weeks.
Businesses in NOLA are slowly reopening, including bars and restaurants in the French Quarter and other touristic areas. Most of them are short-staffed and have limited menus, so have patience if you visit. Moreover, debris pickup and cleaning have started this past Tuesday, but it’s estimated that it might take a few months to finish.
Featured image by @mana5280