It may take up to 2 weeks for Louisiana to recover from outage to less than 15%
Gas stations in Louisiana are still trying to recover, nearly a month after Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast, according to an industry analyst.
Currently, more than 30% of gas stations in New Orleans are experiencing fuel shortages, Patrick De Haan, GasBuddy’s head of petroleum analysis, told Granthshala Business.
Meanwhile, about 28.5% of stations in Baton Rouge and 19.8% of stations in Alexandria are still out of fuel, according to de Haan, who said recovery would be slow.
“It may take a week or two to drop below 15% as the area is slowly recovering after Ida’s tremendous damage,” De Haan said. “It hasn’t affected price so much as availability.”
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When Ida made landfall on August 29 as one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S., it knocked out power to all of New Orleans, blown off the roofs of buildings, and reversed the flow of the Mississippi River as it crossed the Louisiana coast. One of the most important industrial corridors of the country.
Louisiana residents faced widespread gas shortages following the storm. Just 48 hours after Ida hit, a significant number of gas stations in some cities ran out of fuel.
Meanwhile, long lines formed at some gas stations that had fuel and generator power to pump it.