Power was restored for some customers in Eastern New Orleans on Wednesday as residents struggled to find food and clean drinking water amidst sweltering heat.

Utility company Entergy reported Wednesday that crews turned on power for the area with generation supplied by the New Orleans Power Station.

“This is the first step in bringing power back to the metro region, after Hurricane Ida left devastating destruction in its path,” the company wrote.

However, Entergy New Orleans – which provides electricity to more than 200,000 customers and natural gas to more than 108,000 customers – noted that full restoration would still take time given the “significant damage” to the region and that much of the redundancy built into the electric system is limited, making it difficult to move power to customers.

“Crews will have to methodically bring back additional transmission lines over time to provide other pathways for power to enter the region, helping to maintain stability of the system throughout the complete restoration process,” Entergy said. “Additionally, crews will continue work to repair damage across the distribution lines that serve homes and neighborhoods across the region.”