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New Orleans Restarts Key Power Line, First Flights Take Off

  • Second of eight downed transmission lines is back in service
  • Fuel shortage is hindering some of the relief efforts
Vehicles drive down Bourbon Street during a city-wide power outage caused by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, on Aug. 29.
Vehicles drive down Bourbon Street during a city-wide power outage caused by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, on Aug. 29.Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg
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A second critical transmission line that delivers power to New Orleans is up and running again and flights are slowly resuming at the city’s airport.  

The line was restored early Thursday morning, bringing in power from west of the city, Ramsey Green, New Orleans deputy chief administrative officer, said in a press briefing. Hurricane Ida knocked out all eight of the key transmission lines that link Louisiana’s biggest city to the broader grid, and the first, an eastbound connection, went back into service early Wednesday. Power is gradually flickering back on in some neighborhoods.