Port Fourchon Sees Weeks for Ida Recovery
by Bloomberg|Sheela Tobben, David Wethe|Wednesday, September 01, 2021
The port’s top official said in an interview on National Public Radio that recovery would take weeks.
(Bloomberg) — Port Fourchon, America’s biggest base supporting the U.S. Gulf of Mexico offshore oil industry, appears to have largely withstood a powerful punch left by Hurricane Ida after the Category 4 storm tore through the Louisiana community.
“While damaged, we are hopeful in the fact that a lot of key infrastructure remains and looks to have stood up well to the onslaught of this historic hurricane,” Thad Angelloz, a spokesman for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, said Tuesday in an email. “We have fully transitioned to our recovery phase where we enter the Port and access the area’s roadways, waterways and facilities.”
It’s a slightly more upbeat outlook after the port’s top official said in an interview that aired earlier in the day on National Public Radio that recovery would take weeks.
“How many weeks is a good question,” Chett Chiasson, executive director of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission, said in the radio interview. “We have a long road ahead of us and there’s a lot of damage for us to assess and try to recover from.”