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Hurricane Ida leaves Louisiana residents without power and water, New Orleans implements curfew - ABC News

Hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana have been sweltering in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida with no electricity, no tap water, little petrol and no clear idea of when things might improve.

More than 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi — including all of New Orleans — were left without power when Hurricane Ida slammed the electric grid with its 240-kilometre-per-hour winds toppling a major transmission tower, knocking out thousands of kilometres of power lines and hundreds of substations.

Long queues at the few petrol stations that could pump fuel were wrapping around the block, while many residents cleared rotten food out of their refrigerators.

Neighbours shared generators and borrowed buckets of swimming pool water to bathe or to flush toilets.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the clean-up and rebuilding across the state would be slow, as workers were hampered by the late summer heat.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us and no-one is under the illusion that this is going to be a short process," he said.

Mr Edwards said state officials were working to set up food, water and ice distribution stations.

The governor's office also said discussions were underway about establishing cooling stations and places where people on oxygen could plug in their machines, but officials had no details on when those will be operational.

Peopel queuing for petrol at a petrol station.
People are queuing in long lines trying to get petrol in Louisiana.(

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More than 25,000 utility workers laboured to restore electricity, but officials said it could take weeks.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said 70 buses would be used as cooling sites while drive-through food, water and ice distribution locations set up on Wednesday.

The mayor also said she expects the main power company Entergy to be able to provide some electricity to the city by Wednesday evening local time but stressed that does not mean a quick citywide restoration.

"We know it's hot. We know we do not have any power and that continues to be a priority," she said.

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Ms Cantrell also ordered a night-time curfew, calling it an effort to prevent crime as the downed electricity grid plunged the city into darkness after sunset.

Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said there had been some arrests for stealing.

With water treatment plants overwhelmed by floodwaters or crippled by power outages, some places were also facing shortages of drinking water.

About 441,000 people in 17 parishes had no water and an additional 319,000 were advised to boil water, federal officials said.

The number of deaths climbed to at least four in Louisiana and Mississippi, including two people killed Monday night when seven vehicles plunged into a 6-metre-deep hole near Lucedale, Mississippi, where a highway had collapsed after torrential rains.

Mr Edwards said he expects the death toll to rise.

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