As the remnants of Hurricane Ida continue to hit the U.S. far from the Gulf Coast — with record flash floods in New York and tornadoes in Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey and flash flood warnings issued for Massachusetts today — Plastics News is continuing to track how much of an impact Ida will have on resin markets and the extent of damage. Here are a few items we're following at PN:
• Dow Inc. said in a Sept. 1 update on its website that there is no apparent major damage to its Louisiana sites. However, it must wait for power and other utilities to be restored before restarting operations.
Its Plaquemine site likely will reopen next week, Dow said, but "due to lack of functioning infrastructure in St. Charles Parish, it is too soon to predict operations startup timing for our St. Charles Operations facility."
"In the near term, we expect product and supply chain impacts across the industry to further tighten already constrained supply balances in our key value chains. We remain in close contact with our customers and all our stakeholders as the situation continues to evolve," Dow added.
It has also sent trailers to St. Charles to house workers whose homes were damaged.
• Processors well beyond the Gulf Coast expect to see issues related to pricing and material supply to come up. Some business owners thousands of miles away from Louisiana said their customers are already asking if product deliveries will be delayed.
• Rail company Norfolk Southern said Sept. 1 that because trains are being diverted from a key terminal in New Orleans, deliveries in the region may be delayed for up to 72 hours. Norfolk said it is working to reroute rail traffic.
• In one sure sign that residential recovery is underway, blue tarps are being distributed to homeowners with roofs damaged by Ida throughout Louisiana, including St. Bernard Parish, just south of New Orleans. Parish leaders have set up a distribution center.
And, if you haven't seen it yet, click through to this video of parish employees working to rescue a cow that was wedged into the branches of a tree by floodwaters.