Utilities problems in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The dismal state of power in Hurricane Ida’s wake is a distressingly familiar scenario for Louisiana’s largest electrical utility. Entergy Corp. has grappled with other widespread outages after numerous previous hurricanes. Other Louisiana and Gulf Coast utilities have faced similar disasters, sometimes needing to rebuild entire networks. If anything, power restoration has gotten faster in recent decades. Still, critics question the enormity of the outage from Hurricane Ida and why it is still so widespread nearly a week after the storm slammed into the state with 150 mph winds. Entergy said Saturday that full restoration of electricity to areas outside New Orleans could take until the end of the month.