Slowly and carefully, Louisiana contractors are making their way back to jobsites in the path of Hurricane Ida to assess damage and get sites up and running again—working around staggering shortages of workers, fuel and equipment, along with still widespread outages of power, water and communications.
“People have their own properties that need attention, and getting people around is challenging when gasoline is such a concern,” says Anne Teague Landis, CEO of Landis Construction Co. in New Orleans.
The firm's active jobsites in the New Orleans area sustained some damage, but nothing that appears extensive, Landis says. “First, we are ensuring that our employees are safe and helping them as we can. Next priority is our clients. We are fortunate to have a very committed group of employees and trade contractors who are ready to get back to work as soon as possible,” she says.