GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) — Grand Isle officials say that the narrow barrier island is closed to all but people who live there or those who own camps there as residents try to recover from Hurricane Ida's devastating impacts.
In a posting on the town's website Saturday, officials said the widespread devastation caused the town council and the mayor to make the decision to close the island, which is a destination spot for fishing and vacation getaways.
“The decision to close the island was a difficult one,” said Mayor David Camardelle in the announcement, “but it is in everyone’s best interest.”
Ida came ashore on August 29 just a few miles away near Port Fourchon. The Category 4 hurricane's ferocious winds and storm surge destroyed the city's electrical infrastructure. The town said in its announcement that 80% of the structures on the island sustained damage.
According to the post about 200 personnel from various agencies are currently on the island specifically to help with the recovery. That number is expected to increase as energy provider, Entergy, works to restore the grid, the statement said.
But Grand Isle residents have vowed to come back, despite the damage.