Louisiana’s ports ask for federal help with infrastructure

Port Fourchon in the wake of Hurricane Ida (Courtesy Sen. Bill Cassidy)

Several south Louisiana ports partnered to request federal assistance as a result of the impacts of Hurricane Ida on their infrastructure, waterways and communities, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The ports of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Fourchon, Morgan City, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, South Louisiana and Terrebonne formally submitted a request to President Biden on Sept. 7 to ensure ports are included in bills for urgent funding from Congress.

The Lower Mississippi River opened just three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in southeast Louisiana as a category 4 storm. Although operations resumed, there remains ongoing assessment of needs, and supply chain disruptions also continue.

Damages caused by Hurricane Ida placed significant additional stress on an already strained supply chain network throughout the entire country. Read the entire story.