French market reopens after hurricane Ida

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – On Saturday, the French market celebrated its reopening after Hurricane Ida with a second line running from Washington Artillery Park to farmers and flea markets.

It was the first time that sellers could set up shop since August 29.

“We’re happy to see they’re back,” said Renee Thompson, who says she made sure to reschedule her trip to New Orleans when it was postponed due to the storm.

“I could see from the airport, and of course I read about it and talked to my friends who live here. It’s just blue tarps everywhere.

Salespeople say, whatever their tenure, this past year has been particularly difficult.

“Because I’m new here, other vendors have told me you know July and August can be a bit slow,” said Susan Lee.

“But everything was fine, then Ida knocked and we have been closed for almost a month.”

The first weekend back has attracted a good number of visitors and those like Susan Lee and Russell Gore say it’s their main source of income and they are excited to be back to work.

“Every time you prepare for an event, a tragedy happens. But it is part of life. You just have to keep rolling with that, ”Gore said.

“We are resilient. We will return.”

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