Shortages of Supplies and Workers Will Delay Gulf Rebuilding

Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast at a time when building contractors were already grappling with severe shortages of workers and depleted supply chains.

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An apartment building in Houma, La., that was damaged by Hurricane Ida is seen, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. The storm caused such extensive damage to the buildings in the complex that residents have to move out. (AP Photo/Rebecca Santana)
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Joe Sobol, owner of Big Easy Construction in New Orleans, has bad news for homeowners who’ve been calling about roofs damaged by Hurricane Ida or to get an update on renovations that were scheduled before the storm ripped through the area. The job will cost a lot more than usual — and take much longer, too. Ida slammed into the Gulf Coast — then took its destruction to the Northeast — at a time when…

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