Zero power in New Orleans, Jefferson tower falls in river

All of New Orleans is without electricity Monday morning after Hurricane Ida swept through, leaving havoc in its wake.

Entergy says catastrophic transmission line damage means no power is getting into the city. The 911 system is also down, with officials telling residents to head to the nearest fire station or find a police officer if they need emergency assistance.

A main Jefferson Parish transmission tower fell into the Mississippi River. In addition, 22 barges were unmoored and floating free during the storm with experts afraid they their massive size would cause more damage.

"A transmission tower went down," said Jefferson parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. "This is near the Avondale area. This tower, my understanding is, served a large portion of New Orleans, the Eastbank, this is a major tower."

Sheng said about 97 percent of Jefferson is without power as well after the storm that killed one man.

"A transmission tower went down," said Jefferson parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng. "This is near the Avondale area. This tower, my understanding is, served a large portion of New Orleans, the Eastbank, this is a major tower."

Sheng said about 97 percent of Jefferson is without power as well after the storm that killed one man.

Entergy released the following statement:

- As a result of Hurricane Ida’s catastrophic intensity, all eight transmission lines that deliver power into the New Orleans area are currently out of service. When this occurred, it caused a load imbalance in the area and resulted in generation in the area coming offline.

- We are currently working to assess damage and identify a path forward to restore power, to those who can take it, in the area.

- We have provided back-up generation to the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board.

- Power will not be restored this evening, but we will continue work to remedy.

Most customers in the rest of the region are also without electricity.

Entergy reports more than 620,000 outages.

ASCENSION (L) 21,991
ASSUMPTION (L) 6,836
E. BATON ROUGE (L) 12,269
JEFFERSON (L) 196,515
LAFOURCHE (L) 37,269
LIVINGSTON (L) 5,693
ORLEANS (L) 175,801
PLAQUEMINES (L) 11,383
ST. BERNARD (L) 18,826
ST. CHARLES (L) 21,820
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (L) 19,075
TANGIPAHOA (L) 30,236
TERREBONNE (L) 27,206
WASHINGTON (L) 135

CLECO says 83% of St. Tammany is in the dark. They report about 80,000 outages.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Few motorists travel on the 1-10 ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)