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    Posted September 3, 2012 by
    phototravel
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    New Orleans, Louisiana
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Isaac soaks the Gulf coast

    phototravel and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Isaac soaks Gulf Coast
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    STILL NO POWER IN NEW ORLEANS

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     phototravel shot this video on Monday, September 3, from his home in New Orleans showing us a glimpse of the power outage situation caused by Isaac. "It was very difficult. The first three nights, sleeping was next to impossible. The most discouraging part was not seeing a single energy truck in either our neighborhood, or anywhere in the city. Knowing that day after day, you'd be in extreme heat and spending your days searching for ice, gasoline, or just bored, was not pleasant," he says. "That said, we also realized how incredibly good we had it compared to the large number of people whose lives were completely uprooted as they lost their homes in places like Plaquemines Parish and LaPlace."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    It's been 6 days since Tropical Storm Isaac (which became a Category 1 hurricane for a few hours) hit the Gulf Coast. New Orleans, which received little damage, compared to Hurricane Katrina, was left without power due to a fragile electrical grid infrastructure. Entergy promised 12,000 workers would start restoring power as soon as the winds dipped below 30mph. On Thursday, 8/30, after the wind was back to around 15mph, a day and a half after the storm hit, I drove around the entire city and didn't see a single Entergy truck. Finally, on Saturday, 3.5 days after the storm, I started hearing word that some people had seen Entergy trucks parked in large parking lots, with the workers standing around. Now, 6 days after the storm, we still have no power. I'm told that 76% of the city DOES have power, but we do not. My neighbor, two doors down, has power, I do not. To this day, I still have not seen a single Entergy truck or worker working in my neighborhood. How can it be that a major US city has no power for nearly a week now, with no specific explanation as to why power is still down? If Wall Street was hit by a storm that knocked power out, you know that there's no way the outage would last for a week. Meanwhile, my business suffers, the temperatures are in the 90's, and life is on hold. Much like the extreme loss of life and damage to New Orleans was less about Katrina and much more about the Corps of Engineers levee system failing, the recent suffering that most people endured in New Orleans was less about the Isaac itself, and more about the failure of a monopoly energy company to restore power quickly to a very hot, very sweaty city.

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