Port Fourchon continues to recover from Hurricane Ida

Oct. 18, 2021
Power restoration nearly complete within the port.

Offshore staff

PORT FOURCHON – Progress continues to be made at Port Fourchon following Hurricane Ida, and port authorities expect to soon have operations return to 75% of pre-storm levels.

The port, which services and supplies about 90% of the Gulf of Mexico’s platforms, took a direct hit from the Category 4 storm.

But while the damage at the port was severe, it was not catastrophic, said port spokesman Thad Angelloz. “The progress that has been made in the port has been impressive, all things considered,” Angelloz was quoted to say by Houma Today. “Water services came back online in the port, which was a big deal. The focus has now shifted to power restoration, with 700 linemen now working hard to get electricity flowing through the port.”

Port officials says that Entergy has made significant progress restoring electricity but work has been delayed by the need to repair some transmission lines, officials said. As of mid-October, power restoration was nearly complete within the port.

All roadways to and within the port have been cleared, and the Bayou Lafourche channel south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is now open to boat traffic, officials said. Mariners are being cautioned to watch out for multiple dive teams working to remove debris in that area.