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Ida Updates - Nuclear plant loses its offsite electric power

According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a nuclear power station located 25 miles west from New Orleans declared an "unusual" -- its lowest level emergency -- after it lost its electrical power.

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Ida Updates - Nuclear plant loses its offsite electric power

In anticipation of Hurricane Ida, the Waterford nuclear power plant in Killona (La.) had been shut down on Saturday. According to the nuclear agency, the plant was able to continue safe shutdown with emergency diesel generators.

Grid operators asked that the River Bend nuclear power station in St. Francisville (La.) reduce its power to meet load demand on Sunday night. Officials stated that the plant is stable and running at 35 percent power, with no major equipment problems reported.

The Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Port Gibson (Mississippi) is fully operational with no weather-related issues. None of the sites have experienced significant flooding.

As it moved towards Mississippi, Ida became a tropical storm.

LAPLACE (La. LAPLACE, La. -- Residents of Laplace in Louisiana are starting to repair their homes or salvage what is left after Hurricane Ida.

John Vincent, whose Laplace subdivision was submerged by floodwaters said that it seemed like the water rose faster than flood walls built in communities further east. He blamed the lack of coordination among parishes.

Vincent, 65, said that it seems now that with any type of storm it doesn’t take anything flooding.

Ida made him angry and frustrated at the prospect of dealing with an insurance company, a damaged house and contractors again.

"My dreams are destroyed. Vincent stated, "My dreams are destroyed."

Residents of Laplace, north of New Orleans, waded through a flood-prone mobile home park, and a convoy ambulances with emergency lights flashing drove into town, past homes without roofs.

Dozens of people took pieces of their chimneys, gutters, and other parts of the homes to the curb to be taken away.

Carlos Paz Jr. and his parents spent Monday fixing the roof on the second home they were planning to move into.

"The damage can't be repaired. Paz said that a life cannot be replaced.

AT&T also stated that its wireless network in Louisiana operates at 60% of normal following Ida. It described "significant outages” in New Orleans and Baton Rouge due to power supply disruptions and flooding.

According to the company, some of its facilities were not accessible Monday. To help them get their phones back up, a mobile tower was sent by the governor's emergency preparedness department.


WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden spoke with officials from states affected by Hurricane Ida to discuss the federal effort to assess damage and provide access to electricity and water.

Monday's statement by the president stated that state officials should contact White House for additional support, even though FEMA is leading the effort.

Biden stated, "We'll get it done if we can." "The people of Louisiana, Mississippi and Mississippi are resilient. It's moments like these that we can see the power of government in responding to people's needs, if it's ready and if they respond.

Monday also saw the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announce that it activated its Hurricane Response Team after Hurricane Ida swept through the Gulf.

According to data from offshore operator reports, personnel were evacuated from 288 production platforms (51.43 percent) as of Monday morning. This is 51.43 percent of 560 manned platforms in Gulf of Mexico.

The 11 rigs that were evacuated have accounted for 100% of all 11 currently operating in the Gulf. There are many types of offshore drilling equipment that can be included in a rig.

As a precaution, seven of the seven dynamically-positioned rigs were moved out of the storm’s path.

Operator reports indicate that approximately 94.6% of current oil production in Gulf of Mexico has been shut down.

According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 93.57% of Gulf gas production has been stopped.

These reports include production information based on how much oil and gas an operator expects to produce in a given day. Therefore, shut-in production numbers are only estimates that the agency compares with historical production.

After the storm passes, the facilities will be inspected.


NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor LaToya Catrell reports that a New Orleans driver drowned in Hurricane Ida. This could increase the death toll to 2.

Cantrell stated that additional information about the death would be provided by the coroner's Office, but these were not available immediately.

Jason Melancon, coroner's spokesperson, stated that "this case remains under investigation" when asked about Cantrell’s statement in an email. When asked about Cantrell's statement, Jason Melancon said that he would not answer any questions regarding whether the coroner's offices are investigating a drowning or Ida-related death.

Authorities said that a tree fell on a Baton Rouge home and also killed a person.

Both victims' names have not been released.


NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police have made numerous arrests following Hurricane Ida. They received many reports of theft from shops and other businesses.

At a Monday briefing, Chief Shaun Ferguson, Police Officer, stated that "this will not be tolerated." At a Monday briefing, Chief Shaun Ferguson specifically described the looting as looting and said, "This is state felony. We will be booking you accordingly."

According to the police chief, there has been a severe storm, and it is now not the right time to exploit vulnerable people.

To prevent thefts, the New Orleans Police Department is working with the Louisiana National Guard. Ferguson stated that police are working 12-hour shifts and that it's "all hands-on deck".

Many parts of Louisiana were affected by the storm, which caused damage to power lines and water systems. Communication was also disrupted. AT&T announced Monday that it had set up a mobile tower in Louisiana's emergency preparedness and state police complex in Baton Rouge to provide cell service for the governor and other first responders.

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