Commercial flights to and from the city of New Orleans in Louisiana resumed on Thursday four days after Hurricane Ida battered the state. However, resources like drinking water, fuel and electricity continued to be scarce.
Parts of the business district in New Orleans saw a resumed supply of power, according to reports from Associated Press.
Delta Airlines was the first to put its aircraft wheels up on Thursday after Ida showed signs of slowing down in Louisiana. Other carriers like United Airlines joined the resumption of commercial flights, according to state officials.
Even though electricity returned to some parts of New Orleans in a partial manner, an overwhelming majority of homes were still dark. In seven parishes, at least 95% of customers remained without power Thursday.
According to reports from Associated Press citing US websites, only 35,000 of the 405,000 homes and businesses in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish had power on Thursday morning.
Statewide, 917,000 customers were without electricity, down from about 1.1 million at the height of the seventh named storm to hit Louisiana since the summer of 2020.
Philip May, the President of Entergy Lousiana said that the customers based out of the Baton Rouge area shall be getting a supply of power by September 8. The statement added that there was no fixed timeline set for getting service to the regions that were hit harder by the natural disaster.
An extended supply of fuel from America's Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be sent towards the state of Louisiana, United States President Joe Biden promised. He said that in addition to the extra fuel he would also provide utilities with satellite images to help restore power, according to reports from Associated Press.