5:30 LRN Newscast Sept 28

Thirty days after Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Public Service Commission reports nearly eight thousand customers are still without power as a result of the Category 4 storm. Entergy’s John Hawkins says some of their customers are still not able to accept power because of damage to their homes…Grand Isle and Port Fourchon are among the hardest-hit areas and Hawkins says for those coastal communities it is an entire rebuild versus a restoration.  He says crews are working 16-hour days in an effort to give them some normalcy as soon as possible.

Cut 4 (11) “…restored”

Five people were injured Monday night in an explosion in an ethylene production unit at the Westlake Chemical facility near Lake Charles. The unit was undergoing maintenance at the time. Three of those contract workers have been treated and released from the hospital; two are still being treated. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blast.

Thousands of Terrebonne Parish residents are still having to resort to tents or storm debris as a shelter following the landfall of Hurricane Ida a month ago today.  Houma Representative Tanner Magee says his efforts to find decent temporary housing for his constituents have been frustrating.

Cut 6 (12) “…my entire life” 

He says the feds are making moves to get trailers sent to Terrebonne Parish, but the process is a red tape battle.

Gas prices aren’t falling as they usually do this post-Summer time of the year. In fact, Triple-A reports the statewide average price for a regular gallon of gasoline is $2.90. About eight cents higher than a month ago. Triple-A’s Don Redman says the big culprit in keeping pump prices high is the price of crude oil…

Cut 9 (09) “…of the year”