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Sunday Liveblog: CLECO says 80% of St. Tammany Parish now has power

We have crews headed out to all areas affected by the storm. Bookmark this page and check back often for the latest info.

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RELATED: Live Hurricane Ida Updates: Northshore mostly has lights, Entergy restorations continue

We're going to be updating Hurricane Ida recovery information all day on WWL-TV. We have crews headed out to all areas affected by the storm. However, there is still limited ability to transmit live out of the hardest-hit areas due to a lack of cell towers. We will have information from all of those areas though. 

Bookmark this page and check back often for the latest info.

Sunday Live Updates:

9:30 PM: Jefferson Parish officials said if anyone has questions about insurance related to #Ida ? Call 1-800-259-5300 

9 PM: Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have identified the apparent source as one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open.

More here.

7:45 PM:

NEW ORLEANS – All bus routes have been restored to a modified Saturday schedule beginning Monday, September 6. Buses will also run on the Canal and St. Charles streetcar lines, on the modified schedule. Service will run daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

7:10 PM:

The curfew in Jefferson Parish has been extended until Wednesday, Sept. 8.

7:05 PM:

JP President Cynthia Lee Sheng said that caskets are coming out of the ground in Lafitte and Barataria. The parish has a team working with the coroner's office to make sure they are recovered and handled with dignity, according to Sheng.

5:08 PM: 

The Blood Center resumes collections at a limited capacity following Hurricane Ida. Type O donors are strongly encouraged to donate as type O blood is used more often in trauma and emergency situations. Additionally, platelet donations are of top priority as platelets shelf life is less than a week.

  • Monday, Sept 6 from 7-3 p.m.: Mandeville Donor Center (4350 Highway 22, Mandeville, LA 70471)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7 from 8-5 p.m.: Ochsner Cancer Center in Covington (900 Ochsner Blvd. Covington, LA 70433)

3:45 PM:  Metairie-based Fat Boy’s Pizza will roll its pizza truck to LaPlace on Monday, September 6 and give away cheese slices to people in the hard-hit community.

The Fat Boy’s Pizza truck will be located in the parking lot at 425 W. Airline Highway from noon until slices run out. 

3:15 PM:  The distribution site at Helen Cox High School is temporarily closed so that Entergy trucks can restore power in the area.

Distribution of water, ice, MREs and tarps is still available in Jefferson Parish at: 

  • Alario Center - 2000 Segnette Blvd. Westwego, LA 70094 

  • The Shrine on Airline - 6000 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA 70003 

  • Bright Playground - 3401 Cleary Ave. Metairie 70002

3:05 PM: Cox will give customers who experienced an outage due to Hurricane Ida a credit on their account. Any late fees charged during this time will be reversed as well, according to Cox.

2:50 PM: Cleco now reports that 81 percent of customers in St. Tammany Parish and 50 percent of customers in Washington parish now have power.

10:55 AM: The American Red Cross will provide hot meals until further notice at four locations throughout St. Charles Parish. Crews will be coming in from Gonzales and Baton Rouge to serve lunch at approximately noon and 6 p.m.

  • Sacred Heart, 453 Spruce St, Norco, LA 70079.
  • St. Rose Library, 90 East Club Drive St. Rose, LA 70087
  • St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, 17292 LA-631, Des Allemands, LA 70030
  • Killona Volunteer Fire Department, 216 Adams St, Killona, LA 70057

10:50 AM: CLECO reports that 79 percent of customers in St. Tammany Parish and 49% of customers in Washington Parish have their power restored as of Sunday morning.

10:20 AM: Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has established a "contractor fraud response team" to fight contractor fraud during recovery efforts. 

A hotline has been established to report contractor fraud in Lafourche Parish. If you are a victim of contractor fraud, call 985-413-4498. Leave a message with your name and contact information if there is no answer. 

9:30 AM: St. Charles Parish residents have two opportunities for distribution locations around the parish open daily from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Residents will receive 1 case of MREs, 1 case of water, 2 bags of ice, 1 tarp & a 1-gallon container of hand sanitizer. 

Locations:

  • West Bank Bridge Park 
  • Jerusalem Shrine Center (1940 Ormond Boulevard, Destrehan) 

9:20 AM: Full restoration to some of the hardest-hit areas of Louisiana battered to an unprecedented degree by Hurricane Ida could take until the end of the month, the head of Entergy Louisiana warned on Saturday. 

"The level of devastation makes it quite difficult or near impossible to get in and fully access some places," Entergy CEO Phillip May said of five southeastern Louisiana parishes facing the longest delays.

9 AM: The Slidell Police Department, along with the NOAA and SeaWorld are attempting to rescue a dolphin who was pushed into a canal due to storm surge from Hurricane Ida. 

8 AM: Waste Management has announced they are offering four temporary drop-off waste collection sites for residents in St. James Parish, Town of Gramercy, and Town of Lutcher. Waste Management has also resumed limited services for commercial and roll-off customers, safe road conditions permitting.

These sites will be operational Monday, Sept. 13 through Friday, Sept. 17.  Drop-offs are limited to four cans or eight bags per vehicle. Hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Gramercy City Hall - Parking Lot 120 N Montz Avenue Gramercy, LA 70052
  • St. James Parish Reception Hall 2455 LA-18 Vacherie, LA 70090
  • 5th District Park – South Vacherie Park 7140 Park Street Vacherie, LA
  • Paulina Park 3360 Sugar House Street Paulina, LA 70763

7:10 AM: The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office says communications throughout the parish are improving slightly. The sheriff's office says recovery efforts in the parish are "massive and far-reaching." 

6:20 AM: The DOTD says Interstate 55 frontage road between Ponchatoula and LaPlace is CLOSED due to storm debris and downed power lines.

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