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A worker repairs a utility pole after Hurricane Ida in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sept. 3, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Power should be restored in New Orleans by Wednesday, Entergy, the company that provides power to New Orleans and much of southeast Louisiana, said Friday.

The big picture: Nearly 1 million people in Louisiana lost electricity as Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm last week.

  • Power has been restored for approximately 225,000 customers in the five days since the storm, per the company's press release.
  • More than 25,000 workers from 40 states have been deployed to assess damage from Ida — which includes approximately 14,000 damaged poles, more than 2,200 broken transformers and more than 150 destroyed transmission structures.

What they're saying: "We recognize the hardship this historic storm has wrought on our communities and across our region," Rod West, Entergy's group president of utility operations, said in a statement.

  • "Please know that thousands of employees and contractors are currently in the field working day and night to restore power. We will continue working until every community is restored."

Driving the news: The outlook for power restoration in areas south and west of the city — where there is still no power, running water, minimal phone service and nearly no gasoline — remains bleak, AP reports.

  • The sheriff's office in Lafourche Parish warned that residents returning to the area should bring "all provisions necessary to self-sustain," per AP.
  • It is still unclear when power will be restored in the parishes outside New Orleans.

Go deeper: Hurricane Ida exposes America's precarious energy infrastructure

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Chronic flooding plagues Philadelphia's Cedar Park neighborhood

Intense flooding of Joey Brodsky's basement on Aug. 28. Image courtesy of Brodsky

West Philadelphia residents are pleading with the city to do something about the chronic flooding that has filled basements with water and caused thousands of dollars in damage to some homes.

What's happening: Multiple residents living around the intersection of 52nd St. and Whitby Ave. told Taylor they've been experiencing extensive flooding coming from their pipes since August, right before Hurricane Ida.

  • But flooding in the Cedar Park neighborhood has only become more frequent and intense since the storm.
  • "This is not only in major storms, and this water is not coming through my foundation," resident Dan Farell said. "It's coming through the city's pipes."
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COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."

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