Power Still Out for 57K in Louisiana

One reported dead of heat stroke
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2012 11:26 AM CDT
Michael Bates works on line restoration on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, as a team of workers from FPL work to restore power in Coral Gables, Fla.   (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, C.W. Griffin)

(Newser) – Hurricane Isaac was no Katrina, but it has left its mark on Louisiana all the same. It's been almost a week since the storm hit, and in that time utility companies have restored power to 92% of homes, according to Entergy—meaning nearly 57,000 homes are still without power. Residents are furious, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports; at least one 90-year-old has died of heat stroke in his powerless home.

Some impatient New Orleans residents even took matters into their own hands, sneaking out at night to cut up a massive felled tree that had hit a power line—a feat that the paper says has made them "folk heroes" in their neighborhood. There has also been significant flooding, an all-too-familiar situation for some residents. One resident says that when the insurance company asked for details about the flood, "I told them, you can just use my claim from Aug. 29 seven years ago." (Read more Louisiana stories.)

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