By Wednesday afternoon, power was restored to 83% of the city, with a goal that energy provider Entergy would hit 90% by Wednesday night, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.
“We have every reason to believe that they will meet this deadline and meet this goal, and we’re going to continue to push that forward,” Cantrell said.
“Our crews are encountering massive damage — particularly in the hardest-hit areas,” Entergy Louisiana Vice President of Distribution Operations John Hawkins said. “We have assembled a storm team of nearly 26,000 people who will not stop until the last light is back on.”
Hurricane Ida brought extensive power outages across 2 states
Both Louisiana and Mississippi saw extensive damages to their power infrastructure.
Entergy, which serves more than one million customers in Louisiana, said Tuesday that power has been restored to nearly 60% of customers who lost power due to Ida, more than 535,000 of 902,000.
“We have made significant progress in getting the lights back on for our customers in spite of all the challenges we are facing,” Hawkins said.
Restoration is nearly complete in the Baton Rouge region, and the company expected that “the vast majority of customers in Orleans Parish who can safely accept power” to be back online by Wednesday.
In the meantime, state officials are urging people to be cautious when using generators.
The state health department is advising people to “please use your portable or stand-by generator safely” by following the advice from the Office of the State Fire Marshal, which includes placing generators at least 20 feet away from a residence.
CNN’s Rebekah Riess, Gregory Lemos, Theresa Waldrop and Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.