The New Orleans police have dispatched groups to forestall looting within the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which left greater than 1 million state residents with out electrical energy and prompted a string of opportunistic thefts throughout the town.
Whereas New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell insisted throughout a Monday press convention that there’s “no widespread looting” within the Massive Simple, the town’s police drive nonetheless declared that it had deployed “anti-looting” groups along side the Louisiana Nationwide Guard to make sure no thefts happen.
“We’ve carried out our anti-looting plan, which is a partnership with our Louisiana Nationwide Guard, in addition to our Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Workplace, to discourage those that want to commit any looting crimes, but additionally determine, find and arrest those that commit looting crimes,” police superintendent Shaun Ferguson mentioned in a video deal with.
Looting will NOT be tolerated and encourage everybody to be good neighbors and say one thing while you see one thing.
#NOPD has deployed anti-looting groups throughout the town with a purpose to defend our residents' property as we proceed the restoration course of. Looting will NOT be tolerated and encourage everybody to be good neighbors and say one thing while you see one thing. pic.twitter.com/ANoBZk4GTv
— NOPD (@NOPDNews) August 30, 2021
Ferguson additionally urged all residents to remain at house throughout the evening hours, saying “There’s completely no cause for anybody to be on the streets of the town of New Orleans throughout the dusk.” He added that officers have been ordered to “have interaction” anybody seen out at evening and “actively encourage them” to go house.
An anti-looting squad on patrol was seen in motion in footage circulating on-line, with officers going door-to-door to make sure companies are locked and safe.
As evening falls, safety teams are stepping up to ensure individuals aren’t being taken benefit of. New Orleans Police say they’re additionally placing extra sources on the road to forestall looting. #HurricaneIda @WGNOtv @NewsNationNow pic.twitter.com/fOG750IMkJ
— Mitchell McCoy (@MitchellMcCoy) August 31, 2021
Different footage appeared to point out at the very least one looting in progress, whereas photos from a pilfered greenback retailer captured cartloads of merchandise rapidly left on the scene after authorities arrived.
The second looters notice a drone is watching them attempt to break into an ATM maching in burned down St. Claude market within the decrease ninth ward. #hurricaneIda #looting pic.twitter.com/PtPGO7ZPGE
— WXChasing (Brandon Clement) (@bclemms) August 30, 2021
Looting on the Dowman Rd @DollarGeneral retailer in New Orleans East. NOPD simply arrived and took at the very least one individual into custody. The shop is trashed. #LootingAlert #looting #HurricaneIda2021 #HurricaneIda #nopd @NOPDNews @WWLTV #NewOrleans #BeOn4 pic.twitter.com/LsxGufmCm0
— Beau Zimmer WTSP (@BeauWTSP) August 30, 2021
Although Mayor Cantrell disputed that looting was “widespread,” she additionally vowed to take a zero-tolerance strategy towards thieves.
“My directive has been very clear: Lock ’em up,” she advised a press convention. “We is not going to tolerate it and we’ve got not tolerated it. So we’ve got apprehended these people related to the looting that we’ve got been in a position to determine.”
Town was plunged into darkness after the class 4 Hurricane Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast on Sunday, bringing 150mph winds and surges of water that reached 16 toes excessive.
The @USCG carried out overflights to evaluate damages following #HurricaneIda
Discover out extra at our #newsroom https://t.co/KVJkx9pMBv pic.twitter.com/CObW88wCXS
— USCG Heartland (@USCGHeartland) August 30, 2021
“Catastrophic” harm, within the phrases of New Orleans officers, resulted in main energy outages, leaving greater than 181,000 individuals with out electrical energy within the Orleans parish as of Monday evening and in extra of 1 million throughout the state as an entire, in accordance with outage tracker PowerOutage.us. The harm to infrastructure might go away components of Louisiana with out energy for as much as a month, electrical energy provider Entergy mentioned after an evaluation on Monday.
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