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Michoud Hurricane Ida Status Reports

Sept. 8, 2021
9:30 a.m.

NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility reopened Sept. 7 for access to tenants and team members who must be on-site to complete recovery operations, assess work areas, and prepare to resume normal operations following Hurricane Ida’s landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29.

Over the weekend, the city of New Orleans and Entergy restored power and water service to Michoud. NASA, tenant, and contractor teams worked diligently to safely and methodically reestablish commercial utility services to buildings across the site. Some work remains to activate specific areas and we hope to restore electricity across the entire site this week.

While the site did not sustain significant structural damage, it did sustain widespread damage across the roofing systems, as well as water intrusion into several buildings. Our roofing teams have made more than 700-point repairs across the site and efforts are continuing to repair others. Employees are encouraged to stay in touch with their supervisors for operational updates.

The roof on Building 103 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility
The roof on Building 103 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility sustained damage following Hurricane Ida on Aug. 29, 2021. The wind from the storm buckled sections of the roof and caused damage to the roof deck panels and to the lightning protection system.

Aug. 31, 2021
4:30 p.m.

Assessments continue at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility following Hurricane Ida. Damage to the roofs of several buildings have been confirmed and includes loose panels, panels removed during the storm, debris and water damage. Michoud remains on limited generator power for essential areas. Due to no power in the factory, assessments inside have been limited and by flashlight only. No damage has been observed to date to flight hardware with inspections inside the factory to continue for the next several days. Crews will also continue assessments and inspections across the facility grounds and buildings. Debris remains across campus and on roadways and is being cleared by on-site teams. The facility remains closed and access limited to essential personnel.

A damaged fan dislodged from the roof is seen on Building 103 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility.
A damaged fan dislodged from the roof is seen on Building 103 at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Hurricane Ida impacted the New Orleans area on Aug. 29, 2021 causing wide-spread damage and destruction.

Aug. 30, 2021
8:30 a.m.

Initial assessments from the rideout crew at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility report all personnel onsite are accounted for and there are no injuries. Michoud remains closed and is operating on generator power. There is no significant flooding at the facility. At this time, no damage to flight hardware has been observed and NASA personnel will be conducting detailed damage assessments today. 

Aug. 29, 2021

Hurricane Ida, a powerful category 4 storm, is threatening NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which closed at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28.  As of 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug 29, Michoud activated HURCON I with a ride-out crew of NASA personnel remaining onsite.

Shannon Segovia
Marshall Space Flight Center
Phone: (256) 541-7698