Beer Is Back on the Menu in New Orleans Following Hardhitting Hurricane Ida

by John Jamison

New Orleans is healing. Hundreds of thousands remain without power in southeast Louisiana. But the metropolitan areas of New Orleans and Baton Rouge are largely powered back up. Right on cue, trucks got back to their regularly scheduled beer supply runs.

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Ida tore through the Gulf Coast. The Category 4 storm was responsible for dozens of deaths and did billions of dollars worth of damage. Stores and restaurants in New Orleans are still closed for the most part. But with electricity restored, businesses are going to have customers lining up in droves soon.

According to Fox News, Entergy Louisiana has confirmed that 98% of its customers have electricity. The good news will encourage many who evacuated from the storm to return. And that’s a major positive for those looking to supply folks with a few drinks in a trying time. Local bars celebrated the lifting of a citywide curfew, seeing it as a step in the right direction.

“There’s not a lot around yet, but they’ll be back,” a French Quarter bartender named Phillip Palumbo told Fox News.

That said, the road back won’t be easy. According to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, no one is getting ahead of themselves just yet.

“It is not lost on anybody here at the state level and certainly not on our local partners just how many people continue to suffer,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. “While things are getting better and we can be thankful for that, this is going to be a very long-term recovery.”

High Temperatures Around New Orleans Make Recovery That Much More Difficult

Many in southeast Louisiana could use a beer right about now. High temperatures in the area are making life miserable for those without power. To the extent that it’s becoming a public health issue. According to Dr. Robert Hart, the chief medical officer of Ochsner Health System, heat illness is a very serious threat. Without power for air conditioning, thousands are vulnerable.

Further, one of the easier afflictions to overlook comes in the form of carbon monoxide poisoning. The dangerous gas is a byproduct of generators, which people keep tend to keep running in the wake of big storms while they wait for power. Lousiana has already seen several cases pop up across the state.

“Many of those have not had to be admitted, thank goodness. But it certainly is a good reason to keep reminding people that they’ve got to be careful with their generators,” he said. “We had one family say they put the generator in their house because they were afraid it would get stolen,” Dr. Hart told Fox News.