Levee Breach in Grand Isle and Massive Power Outages in SE LA in Wake of Zeta
For some, 2020 cannot end quickly enough, and God love the people on the Louisiana coast, they certainly have earned the right to feel the same.
As Hurricane Zeta, the fifth named storm to hit the Louisiana coast this year, slammed into Southeast Louisiana yesterday afternoon with winds just under those of a Category Three, the Burrito Levee in Grand Isle was breached.
In the original story from the Louisiana Radio Network, we learn that Governor Edwards informed us there were actually three breaches of the Burrito Levee. He went on to say that "unfortunately we are reporting the first storm-related death, a 55-year-old New Orleans man who died from electrocution due to a downed powerline." “Obviously this is sad and this is tragic and we ought to offer our prayers to the family of that gentleman.
As with the previous storms that have wreaked havoc on us this year, power outages were reported by literally hundreds of thousands in Louisiana alone and as of 4:30 am today, the number had gone to over 1.7 million collectively in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
But, according to Governor Edwards, if there's a silver lining to this cloud it's that from what the power companies are seeing, it shouldn't be terribly long before electricity is restored for customers in the dark at present.
After a helicopter survey of the area, Governor Edwards says that most of the damage appears to be wind related. “The closer you get to the coast the more destructive the damage is to structures and that includes homes,” said Edwards.