Lafourche and Thibodaux Parish residents can return home at noon

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Destruction is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle, La. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Louisiana residents still reeling from flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida scrambled for food, gas, water and relief from the sweltering heat while facing the dispiriting prospect of weeks without electricity to power air conditioners and refrigerators. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP)

LOUISIANA (BRPROUD) – Cleanup continues from Hurricane Ida and some Louisiana residents are going to get their first look at damage to their property.

Residents in Thibodaux and Lafourche are allowed to return to their homes at noon on Wednesday, September 1.

When you return to the parish, there will be checkpoints at which residents must show proof of residency before moving along.

A curfew remains in place for residents in both parishes.

The Thibodaux Police Department is providing details about how all of this will be executed below:

City of Thibodaux and all Lafourche Parish residents will be allowed to return home beginning at noon today (Tuesday, August 31). Checkpoints are set up, and you must show proof of residency such as your driver’s license. A nightly curfew is now in place from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. All alcohol sales are suspended until further notice. The nightly check point will be strictly enforced.

Although the City of Thibodaux has water, please know there is no clean water access from Raceland to the South Lafourche area. There is no power in the City of Thibodaux and the rest of the Parish, and it will not be restored for some time. Nearly all communication is down, including cell phone service parish-wide. Your home may be severely damaged and uninhabitable. There is limited stores open inside the City Limits of Thibodaux. Most of the parish does not have access to food at this time due to the amount of damage to stores, so please bring all supplies you need to self-sustain while you are here. City and Parish officials are working on phone services now to ensure emergency services can be contacted and dispatched.

Please drive with caution and treat all inoperable traffic lights as stop signs when maneuvering through the City and the Parish.

The most recent message from the City of Thibodaux Government is as follows:

The City of Thibodaux will continue to monitor and make decisions through the City’s Unified Command Group in regards to Hurricane Ida recovery. The priority of work for the next 24 hours is the first phase in the recovery phase of the storm. So far 1,000 contractors have been staged throughout the City. The City of Thibodaux is prepared to accept first responders utility workers from other regions. Thibodaux Family Church will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM offering food, water, and ice to those in need. Any monetary donations can be made to Thibodaux Family Church, Catholic Charities, and Second Harvest Food Bank. For those who are able to donate, please consider donating water, tarps, toiletries, etc. Walmart, Rouses, Lowes, and some local gas stations are open for business in Thibodaux. As a reminder, while intersection signals are down, please treat those areas as a four-way stop.

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