Livingston officials give updates on post-Hurricane Ida efforts

Hurricane Ida

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La (BRPROUD) – Officials are working tirelessly to get out and help people after Ida devastated the area. But countless fallen trees and downed power lines have slowed rescue efforts.

“I’m going to say this if I don’t choke up because I think I need to say this, this is the most devastating I believe I have been through in 60, in two weeks, it will be 67 years,” said Parish President Layton Ricks.

Sherrif Jason Ard said they are getting calls from people saying they have not heard from their loved ones since the storm, but because of the destruction, their deputies have not been able to reach everyone.

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“A lot of you are calling for welfare checks because you can’t get in touch with your loved one. I get it, I understand, we still have deputies fortunate enough to have contact with them, but we still cannot get to them,” Ard said.

Representatives from both DEMCO and Entergy spoke today. DEMCO said it could be up to three weeks before people will get power, and Entergy said they sustained a lot of damage.

“We would love after a hurricane to just repair our facilities, in this instance, the assessments are telling us we have to replace our facilities,” Entergy representative said.

The curfew in Livingston is now in place indefinitely from dusk to dawn. Ricks said two shelters opened today to house those displaced by Ida, one at Live Oak Jr. High and the other at Albany High School.

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