New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents not to venture out to survey the damage left behind by Ida until Monday morning.
“Conditions are still severe throughout the city of New Orleans,” Cantrell said before outlining the gravity of the power outage that left 100% of Orleans Parish in the dark.
“It’s unsafe,” Cantrell declared before introducing NOPD Chief Shawn Ferguson, who echoed Cantrell’s sentiments and said the police will be mobilized to keep troublemakers off the streets.
“Without power, that creates opportunity for some, and we will not tolerate that,” Ferguson said. “We will implement our anti-looting deployment to ensure the safety of our citizens and the safety of our citizens’ property.”
Ferguson also implored people to exercise caution and remain where they are, saying there’s no telling what storm-related dangers residents might encounter.