If you’ve never had the pleasure of living someplace hit by a natural disaster, you could be interested in some of the ramifications, as described by law Professor Rob Verchick at Loyola University New Orleans.
“Ask just about any New Orleanian to name the most exasperating thing about the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, and you’ll get the same answer. It isn’t the floodwater. Or the roof damage. It’s something more familiar but equally as threatening to life, health and property: power failure. This week, Entergy, Louisiana’s largest power company, warned customers to brace for several days or even weeks without power.
“That means no light, no microwave oven, no refrigerator — and getting by on candles and canned food. It means no air conditioning amid an often-triple-digit heat index, no computer and no Internet, unless you can get online with a smartphone — which you don’t have power to charge. Gas stations are closed because electric pumps can’t pump. In some neighborhoods, toilets don’t flush because sewage plants have conked out.
“[The problem started soon after Ida made landfall, when all eight of our region’s high-voltage transmission lines failed. In one instance, a 400-foot-tall transmission tower supporting power lines spanning the length of more than 10 football fields across the Mississippi River crumpled like a foil candy wrapper.]”
Time for an update for the power grid, a possibility if the US Congression will vote for long-overdue infrastructure funding this year.
Is infrastructure funding a priority in the countries you all come from?