A FedEx Aircraft on the tarmac. FedEx is one of many carriers including local and national companies and experiencing service interruptions to New Orleans and southeast Louisiana following Hurricane Ida and Hurricane Nicholas. FedEx image.

Lingering Power Outages—Flooding—Heavy Rain Contrinbute to Delays and Interruptions

The recent hurricanes have impacted deliveries to southeast Louisiana and portions of Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama. Hurricane Ida caused catastrophic damage in Louisiana to homes and businesses. While some freight carriers and shipping companies report service interruptions and delays, others are not operating in areas impacted by the hurricanes.

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Hurricane Nicholas impacted the region from Houston through Louisiana to the Florida border with heavy rain and coastal flooding. The post-tropical remnants have drifted slowly east to the central Louisiana coast. Flash flood warnings persist from Louisiana through Alabama and Mississippi, further impacting shipments.

Meanwhile, Power Outages persist in Louisiana with more than 50,000 utility customers without power as of this morning, September 16, 2021.

September 16, 2021


The aftermath of Hurricane Ida and Nicholas continue to cause hazardous conditions in some areas of Louisiana and Texas. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our team members, as well as providing the highest level of service to our customers. Although contingency plans are in place, some service delays and disruptions can be anticipated for inbound and outbound shipments in these areas. FedEx is committed to providing service to the best of our ability in areas that can be safely accessed. 

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UPS services in Louisiana continue to experience occasional localized disruptions in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida.

While all UPS facilities are providing pickup and delivery services as conditions permit, some delays are possible.

We will work to ensure the safety of our employees while minimizing effects on service. Contingency plans are in place to help ensure that shipments arrive at their final destinations as quickly as possible.

Note that the UPS Service Guarantee does not apply to shipments affected by this weather event.

Weather Prediction Center Map with Post-Tropical Cyclone Nicholas Effects and Warnings. NOAA Graphic.
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The Old Dominion Freight Line website reports they are operating at “75% capacity with slight service delays in select areas,” in New Orleans.

ABF shows Service Lane Interruptions on freight destined for New Orleans.

Southeastern Freight Lines also reports limited operations in New Orleans.

Other carriers with drivers based in southeast Louisiana and New Orleans report service interruptions and delays due to Hurricane Ida.

Rail lines Norfolk Southern and CSX warned of delays following Hurricane Ida, but no longer report service interruptions or embargoes to Louisiana.

Hurricane Ida was a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall. The historic storm downed all of the region’s main power transmission lines. Officials expected restoration to take up to three weeks for some utility customers. Ida was the ninth storm of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season and the first major hurricane to hit the United States this year.

Hurricane Nicholas reached category 1 hurricane force in the hours just before landfall on the Texas coast near Galveston. Nicholas was forecast to cause widespread flooding with storm surge and heavy rain. Impacts have continued as the storm moved slowly east and gradually weakened.