Survey shows most Baton Rouge businesses impacted by power outages 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber today released an analysis of responses to its Hurricane Ida business impact survey, which closed at noon. 

The survey collected responses from 163 regional businesses, and found that 74% of businesses are dealing with closures caused by Hurricane Ida, with most citing the loss of electricity and internet connection as the main reason they were unable to resume operations. 

“Businesses throughout the Capital Region continue to struggle with issues related to power and internet accessibility: two out of every three businesses that closed after Ida are not able to reopen until they and their employees are reconnected to the grid,” says Andrew Fitzgerald, senior vice president of business intelligence, in a prepared statement. “The good news is that only four of the 163 survey respondents (2.5%) mentioned storm-related damages as the reason behind their temporary business closure.” See the full survey results. 

BRAC has also been tracking all available data related to power outages in the region. Things are slowly improving in East Baton Rouge Parish, which Entergy announced this morning should be back at full power by next Wednesday, going down from 74% to 43% without power since the storm. Here are the biggest takeaways from BRAC’s data analysis: 

• Nearly 42,000 customers regained power over today, and almost 200,000 since Monday;

• West Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, and West Baton Rouge are back to normal;

• St. Helena (98.8%), Livingston (78.3%), and Ascension (60.8%) still have significant outages;

• While East Baton Rouge is down to 43.0% of the parish without power, that’s still over 92,000 customers in the parish.

Parish Tracked Outages (8/30) %age Out Outages (8/31) %age Out Outages (9/1) %age Out Outages (9/2) %age Out
Ascension 58,304 52,657 90.3% 47,692 81.8% 46,377 79.5% 35,425 60.8%
EBR 216,086 160,410 74.2% 126,170 58.4% 117,311 54.3% 92,864 43.0%
EF 10,357 5,155 49.8% 5,433 52.5% 4,983 48.1% 2,901 28.0%
Iberville 9,087 5,050 55.6% 4,696 51.7% 3,820 42.0% 3,300 36.3%
Livingston 68,420 22,810 33.3% 55,898 81.7% 55,775 81.5% 53,556 78.3%
PC 5,091 1,798 35.3% 835 16.4% 41 0.8% 1 0.0%
St. Helena 6,961 4,100 58.9% 4,211 60.5% 4,211 60.5% 6,875 98.8%
WBR 12,840 3,218 25.1% 573 4.5% 60 0.5% 2 0.0%
WF 6,354 2,153 33.9% 3,856 60.7% 3,885 61.1% 18 0.3%
TOTAL 393,500 257,351 65.4% 249,364 63.4% 236,463 60.1% 194,942 49.5%