- At least two people lost their lives after Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
- Authorities reported that thousands could go weeks without power.
- President Joe Biden reported that more deaths are expected as search and rescue efforts continue.
A man who drowned while driving through a flooded New Orleans road in his vehicle is the second fatality from powerful Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on Sunday in southern Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health said on Monday that the man, who wasn’t identified, died near I-10 and West End Boulevard.
The agency had announced on Sunday the death of another 60-year-old man after a tree fell over his home in Ascencion County, in the metropolitan area of Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, reported the Efe agency.
Hurricane Ida hits Louisiana, killing at least two
Both US President Joe Biden and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday that more fatalities are expected from the cyclone as work progresses. search and rescue, especially in areas that have been cut off due to flooding.
Ida, which has already dissipated into a tropical depression, left flooding, blackouts, completely isolated areas, destruction of infrastructure and road blockades. The worst affected area was southeastern Louisiana, a state in which at least 1.1 million customers remain without power, including the entire city of New Orleans.
Thousands could go weeks without power after the passage of Ida
Communities hit by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana faced a new danger as they began the daunting task of clearing debris and repairing the damage: the possibility of going weeks without power in the sweltering heat of late summer, he reported. The Associated Press.
Ida wiped out the region’s power grid, leaving the entire city of New Orleans and hundreds of thousands of state residents in the dark and without clear deadlines to fix the fault. Some areas outside of New Orleans also suffered significant flooding and structural damage.
“I can’t tell you when the power will be restored.”
“There are more questions than answers. I can’t tell you when the power will be restored. I can’t tell you when all the debris will be removed and repairs will be made, ”Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said at a news conference Monday. “But what I can tell you is that we are going to work very hard every day to deliver as much aid as we can.”
President Joe Biden held a virtual meeting Monday with Bel Edwards and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, as well as the mayors of the cities and parishes most affected by the meteor to receive an update on the damage it caused and to discuss help that the federal government can provide. “We are in close coordination with state and local officials every step of the way,” Biden said.
Dead and injured after road collapse
Two people were killed and at least 10 injured after a highway collapsed in Mississippi Monday night. According to WDSU-TV, the state Highway Patrol, first responders and rescue teams who responded to an advisory on George County Highway 26, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, encountered the two lanes destroyed, according to police.
Seven vehicles were affected and cranes will be needed to lift them out of the hole, said Corporal Cal Robertson of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Rescuers in boats, helicopters and high-water vans helped hundreds of people caught in the floods Monday, planning to go door-to-door in the worst-hit areas to make sure everyone was safe.
Thousands work to recover the electricity supply
On the other hand, teams of electricians were heading to the state to help. The governor explained that 25,000 utility repair personnel were working on the ground in Louisiana to try to restore power, adding that more were on the way.
Despite this, his office described the damage to the network as “catastrophic” and those responsible for the service said that it could take weeks until the supply is restored in some points. More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were without power Sunday as Ida advanced with winds reaching 150 mph (240 km / h), making it the fifth most powerful hurricane to hit. American soil.
They warn of heavy rains
By Monday night, Ida had downgraded to a tropical depression with winds of just 35 mph (56 km / h), although forecasters warned of heavy downpours and a risk of flooding in parts of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys.
The storm would have caused at least two deaths: a driver who drowned in New Orleans and a person struck by a falling tree outside Baton Rouge. Ida made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which broke New Orleans’ levees in 2005, ripping through the city and causing 1,800 deaths.
They ask not to return to New Orleans yet
This time around, New Orleans escaped the catastrophic floods some feared. But city authorities asked those who left to wait a couple of days before returning due to the lack of electricity and fuel, according to the AP.
In the extreme southwest of Mississippi, entire neighborhoods were surrounded by water and many roads were impassable. Several tornadoes were reported, including one in Saraland, Alabama, that ripped off part of a motel roof and tipped over a trailer, injuring the driver, according to the National Weather Service.