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Hurricane Ida Damage Could Boost Infrastructure

Hurricane Ida wrecked transmission lines and left New Orleans in darkness, but infrastructure advocates see an opportunity in the destruction for the region to rebuild a grid that’s more resilient to the increasingly violent storms. “If we are going to make our country more resilient to natural disasters wherever they are we have to start preparing now,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said. “We can’t look in the rear-view mirror and say ‘boy I wish we were prepared.’” Hurricane Ida, which packed some of the most powerful winds ever to hit Louisiana when it made landfall, took down more than 2,000 miles of transmission lines and 216 substations, plunging more than a million homes and businesses into the dark. A $550 billion infrastructure bill working its way through Congress could help pay for some of the improvements. Cassidy said he hopes the havoc wreaked by the storm leads more of his GOP colleagues to support the infrastructure measure, which faces a House vote in coming weeks.

September 01, 2021

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