Hurricane Ida’s aftermath, recovery uneven across Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The recovery from Hurricane Ida is decidedly uneven four days after the catastrophic storm struck Louisiana. The power is back on in places in New Orleans, where the levees held and saved the city from catastrophic flooding. But outside the levees, thousands of people can’t return to their properties. Authorities are waiting for floodwaters to recede so they can truck in food, water and repair supplies. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng said a gas shortage is holding back hospital staff, food bank employees and other critical workers. Louisiana’s largest hospital system may open a field hospital in Terrebonne or Lafourche parish to make up for the more than 250 beds lost in shuttered facilities.