Terrebonne Parish officials start storm damage assessment

Hurricane Ida

This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and captured by NOAA’s GOES-16 shows lightning swirling around the eye of Hurricane Ida as the storm approaches the Louisiana coast, Sunday morning, Aug. 29, 2021. (NOAA via AP)

TERREBONNE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) – Terrebonne Parish officials have started storm damage assessment after Hurricane Ida.

Officials said water remains high in the southern portion of the parish outside of the Morganza levee system and roads are blocked by trees, power poles, and debris.

“Before we can begin the systematic process of letting residents and evacuees back into the parish, roads must be cleared and down power lines must be checked,” said Parish President Gordon Dove.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet and other first responders are working with officials.

As for when residents and evacuees can return to Houma, parish officials said no decision has been made. Once the area has been deemed safe and services such as electricity, water, sewage and communication have been restored, officials will allow reentry.

Officials said when reentry is allowed, law enforcement and Louisiana National Guard will be stationed at 15 reentry checkpoints.

Food bank supplies are being transported to necessary locations. Officials said no food distribution at the TCU Food Bank will occur until further notice. Additional supplies are currently being brought in with help from several national organizations.

The boil advisory remains in effect in Terrebonne Parish as crews work to restore service.

“We completely understand the desire of our residents to return to their homes and loved ones. We also want this to happen as soon as possible, but in a safe and orderly manner,” said Parish President Gordon Dove. “My Administration, our EOC and its Emergency Support personnel, Sheriff Tim Soignet, the Houma Police and Fire Departments and all first responders and service providers in the parish are working as quickly as possible to make this happen,” he added.

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