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It’s been 16 years since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, and the ghostly trails of that disaster are still left behind. New Orleans hasn’t fully been able to recover from its loss before another destructive storm attacked. Hurricane Ida ripped through more than 1500 miles of the US leaving behind its trails of destruction and making Louisiana the first state to receive consistent hurricanes in recent times. Ida impacted a total of 22 states in the US, causing loss of lives, property damage, leaving its destructive trails in the city.

Since Hurricane Ida struck on Wednesday, September 1, residents have started wondering if it’s safe to return to New Orleans. It won’t be easy rebuilding the city after such a destructive hurricane, as the city was practically damaged but plans of rebuilding New Orleans have already begun. Though most parts are still dark, the st. Louis Cathedral as well as some parts of the French quarter had its power restored 3 days after the hurricane hit. 10 days since the hurricane some homes and businesses got their power restored.

But some things are not fully restored yet that evacuees returning to the city need to know

Is the power restored?

On the second day after the storm, most of the city had its power restored. Although 4000 enternergy customers still haven’t had their power restored in New Orleans. And around 47,000 enternergy customers are still without power in Jefferson parish, the city doing all it can to make sure the power can be fully restored.

Can water be utilize?

This is a very important question, and the answer is yes. According to the sewerage and water board, even though the hurricane struck, the water remains safe to drink in New Orleans. Water lines were not affected as on Thursday residents could use heavy appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Even in Jefferson parish, the water is safe to drink, except for Grand Isle. The boilers there were lifted on the east and west banks so consult with government advisories to find out any information related to water use.

Are groceries stores, restaurants, and fuel stations reopened

Most groceries stores have reopened two days since the hurricane struck. And major grocery stores like Walmart, Rouses, etc have opened in multiple locations. Even restaurants although short in staff and have a limited menu have reopened for business since most of the power has been restored. Although the long queue at stations has started to reduce, the fuel shortage isn’t sorted out completely. 55.6 percent of fuel stations in New Orleans are still out of petrol, while 39 percent of stations are out of diesel according to gas buddy.

How is garbage collected?

Garbage and debris collection isn’t stable yet as contractors haven’t fully started operating. Debris collection might take months to complete so the government advised residents to separate debris according to the type of waste and drop the pile between the pile and sidewalk so it would be easier to collect.