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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she had imposed a city-wide curfew that would go into effect immediately to protect residents and prevent looting during a power outage following Hurricane Ida.

“I moved forward with my signature on a decree which was effectively immediately, that is to say today, at 8:00 p.m. [CDT] the city will enforce a city-wide curfew for all city residents, ”Cantrell said Tuesday. “8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. [CDT] effective immediately. “

New Orleans Police Chief Shaun Ferguson has warned evacuated residents not to return home as the city is still without power and has very limited capacity. Ferguson said the city streets are still blocked with debris and driving at night is dangerous because the traffic lights are not working.

Ferguson added that there have been several arrests for looting and that authorities will continue to make arrests if such crimes continue.

Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Sunday before weakening to Category 1 as it crossed the Gulf Coast of Mexico.


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