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New Orleans Power Crisis: Fix 2,500 Broken Poles in a Swamp

  • Power lines must be restored despite heat and sodden ground
  • Climate change creates cycle of expensive crises worldwide
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Floodwaters From Ida Still Rising in Louisiana Says Sen. Cassidy
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When the crew of electrical workers pulled up to Camp Villere Road in Slidell, Louisiana, its members marveled at the three-dimensional puzzle Hurricane Ida had posed: a power pole knocked to the ground, a dozen shattered cross-arms and 90-foot trees uprooted and lying across the lines.

Then there were the ticks. And maybe the alligators.