New Orleans Officials Warn Against Would-Be Looters, Tell Evacuees Not to Return After Ida

Officials in New Orleans on Monday said that people who evacuated should not return to the city following impacts from Hurricane Ida, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, causing mass power outages, while the mayor warned would-be looters. New Orleans’ emergency response agency, NOLA Ready, wrote that the city has no power or 911 service after Hurricane Ida ravaged the city’s electrical grid. “If you have evacuated out of #NOLA, we request that you DO NOT RETURN until further notice,” NOLA Ready wrote on Twitter. “There is widespread debris, power remains out, and emergency services are working to respond to those still in the city. We will let you know when it is safe to come home.” And in a press conference on Monday afternoon, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said that the city’s “communications have been compromised.” “But, one thing that we also recognize is that we still …

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