New Orleans is transporting some residents to shelters as hundreds of thousands remain without power after Hurricane Ida

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02:08 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

As hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents struggle in sweltering conditions and without power six days after deadly Hurricane Ida struck, some are trying their luck elsewhere.

New Orleans on Saturday started a shuttle program for electricity-deprived residents wanting to leave, sending them by charter bus from the city convention center to powered shelters in northern Louisiana and Texas.

“I had enough,” a New Orleans resident who gave his name only as Kerry told CNN on Saturday before boarding one of the buses.

His multistory apartment building in New Orleans, like much of the city, has been without power since the storm hit. Elevator service is out, and arthritis in his leg makes navigating the stairs difficult.

“(I’m looking forward to) just a clean bath, and to be cool. You know? It’s too hot,” Kerry told CNN’s Nadia Romero.

Around 700,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana were without power as of early Thursday afternoon, according to PowerOutage.US – and people who are sticking around are enduring long lines outside gas stations and aid distribution sites in a battle to stay cool and mobile.

In the wind-damaged city of Kenner near New Orleans, the mayor was blunt Saturday when asked what his city needed most.

“Power,” Mayor Ben Zahn told CNN. “We suffered a lot. … When you don’t have power, you need ice. So we have been trying to give as much ice out as we can, because people need to keep things as cold as possible.”

High temperatures will be in the high 80s or low 90s in southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi on Saturday, with the heat index – what the temperature feels like with humidity and other factors – generally in the mid-90s, the forecasters said.