Survey: 72% Baton Rouge businesses expect to operate at full capacity a week after Ida

The Advocate

Seventy-two percent of businesses that responded to a Baton Rouge Area Chamber survey said they expect to be operating at full capacity a week after Hurricane Ida hit the region.

BRAC said 73 businesses responded to the survey, which was posted at Tuesday and will close at noon Thursday. Of the businesses that responded, 64% said Ida will affect their business operations. 

Of the businesses that closed 72% said they shut down because they didn’t have power or internet service. The storm appeared to hit the smallest businesses the hardest, 77% of companies with less than 10 employees said they will have to close temporarily.

Less than 9% of businesses that responded to the survey said they expect Ida will have long-term effects, forcing a closure of more than 12 days.

Andrew Fitzgerald, BRAC senior vice president of business intelligence, said the initial reaction is the storm caused short-term disruptions, mainly due to a lack of utilities. He noted that more than a third of businesses said they were not impacted by the storm.

“While in the long-term most Capital Region businesses appear to have avoided tragedy, it’s important that we help the businesses and residents that did not,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “With more than 250,000 metro area homes and businesses still without power, it’s crucial that the recovery efforts continue apace.”

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