The state of Louisiana has urged residents who have evacuated from the coastal areas to delay their return, citing the threat of Hurricane Ida.
Here’s what you should be aware of:
On Monday, when much of the city was without electricity due to Hurricane Ida, a gloomy New Orleans is a city in the United States. skyline was visible. When the power was restored, it was uncertain when it would be restored. Credit: The New York Times/Edmund D. Fountain
Despite Hurricane Ida’s departure from Louisiana, rehabilitation is still a long way off for a state that is no stranger to hurricanes and their aftermath.
Residents will face additional difficulties on Tuesday and beyond, according to the governor, including extensive power disruptions and the possibility of fatal accidents if generators are abused. Residents who were evacuated from their homes were urged not to return until it was declared safe to do so by local authorities, including New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng.
At a press conference, Ms. Lee Sheng said, “This is not the neighborhood you left.” “I know you’re eager to inspect your houses, but we’re asking that you hold off for now. We are unable to offer you with the contemporary conveniences that you are used to.”
Water lines, sewage systems, and electricity grids all need to be repaired in Jefferson Parish, according to Ms. Lee Sheng.
“I liken it to a system failure,” she said.
The difficulties were comparable throughout southern Louisiana, but restoring electricity was one of the most pressing issues. On Tuesday, more than a million people were without electricity, including most of New Orleans, which lost power due to the failure of all eight transmission lines that feed the city.
According to data collected by PowerOutage.us, approximately 60,000 people in Mississippi were without power.
On Monday, Entergy, a major power provider in Louisiana, warned that determining the amount of damage to the power system would likely take “days” and that restoring electrical transmission to the area would take “much longer.”
The agony of those without power was exacerbated by the scorching heat. For most of Tuesday, heat warnings were in place for areas of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, with the heat index — a measure of how hot it feels — forecast to reach 106 degrees.
At a press conference on Monday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said that there are more questions than answers regarding recovery.
He replied, “I can’t tell you when the electricity will be restored.” “I can’t say when all the debris will be cleaned up and repairs will be done, and so on.”
Despite the difficulties, New Orleans may take heart in the fact that the levee system put in place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to safeguard the city from flooding performed its job.
Ms. Cantrell tweeted, “We held the line, New Orleans.” “State and federal partners’ funds spent in our levee system were not wasted. However, we must fix our faulty electricity infrastructure in the future.”
New Orleans, we held the line. The money that state and federal partners put on our levee system was not wasted. However, we must fix our damaged electricity system going ahead, and I am dedicated to working with Entergy to do so! pic.twitter.com/XJ008307p7
August 31, 2021 — LaToya Cantrell (@LaToyaForNOLA)
Officials say at least five people have died as a result of the storm: a man was killed while driving in New Orleans; a woman was found dead in the fishing village of Jean Lafitte, south of the city; and a man was killed when a tree fell on his house in Prairieville, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge. A roadway collapsed in Mississippi, killing two individuals and injuring ten more.
The National Hurricane Center predicted that Ida, which deteriorated to a tropical depression on Monday afternoon, will pass across the Middle Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic through Wednesday, bringing three to six inches of rain to those areas.
Through early Wednesday, counties throughout Middle Tennessee were under a flash flood watch, which meant that conditions were favorable for flooding, especially in areas already suffering from catastrophic flooding caused by Tropical Storm Fred’s leftovers.
Although rehabilitation from Hurricane Ida may take days or weeks, Ms. Lee Sheng reminded people that many in Jefferson Parish who are now helping with recovery efforts did likewise during Hurricane Katrina.
“I know we’ve gone through a lot as a community, and I know we feel like we’re being tested at times,” she added. “But don’t get me wrong: we’ve been beaten, but we’re not broken.”
After Hurricane Ida went through, a fallen power pole blocked part of a highway in Houma, Louisiana. The New York Times’ Callaghan O’Hare is to thank for this image.
‘We’re taking out a loan to pay for a room.’
On Monday, the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans was shrouded in darkness. After Hurricane Ida, the whole city of New Orleans was without electricity. Credit… The New York Times’ Johnny Milano
Terrell Reynolds, 33, and Kortney Lindsey, 32, fled to Houston with their four children and two other relatives before Hurricane Ida hit because of what they had experienced during Hurricane Katrina when they were just teens.
They are now terrified, wondering when they will be able to return to their jobs and apartments in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. They were warned not to return since the city would be without power for the foreseeable future. Until further notice, public schools remain closed.
Mr. Reynolds said, “We’re borrowing money to pay for a room for tonight.” He added that many others at the hotel were in a similar situation.
Even if they get financial help, the family will need to clear out their refrigerator and reclaim some toys and clothing before they feel safe leaving their house. Mr. Reynolds also said that he needed to pick up the beaded patches he was working on for an intricate Mardi Gras costume.
“We weren’t expecting to be gone for so long,” he said. “No one expected it to turn out this way.”
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LaPlace is a town in the state of Louisiana.
‘This was Katrina multiplied by two.’
On Monday, a flooded house in LaPlace, Louisiana. Credit… The New York Times’ Emily Kask
The strong gusts of Hurricane Ida destroyed parts of LaPlace, a community west of New Orleans, where rescue workers were using one street as a boat launch ramp on Monday.
With their roofs ripped off and parking lots littered, shopping malls seemed crushed. Trees and utility poles had shattered. Intersection traffic lights were dangling by a thread.
Those who were present during the hurricane reported a terrifying experience with the storm’s intensity, with the wind throwing up water and creating a blinding mist.
As he and a buddy dragged a barbeque grill out of the flooded area, a local rapper known as O.G. Purpin remarked, “It was zero to 60 – fast, real quick.”
“This was Katrina multiplied by two,” his buddy, Jeff, said.
As the storm whirled over the home on Sunday night, the rapper hid in an attic with his girlfriend, her family, and their dogs. Rescuers arrived early in the morning and dragged them to safety.
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‘All we have to do is believe in God.’
On Monday, floodwaters engulfed a statue of Jesus at St. Pius Church in Marrero, Louisiana. Credit… The New York Times’ Edmund D. Fountain
Alani, 5, was not ready to be consoled as she played with a stick she had discovered in a nearby mound of rubble outside the municipal building that had been converted into a storm shelter in Houma.
Alexis Johnson, her mother, who is in her twenties, stated, “She doesn’t want to be with anyone.” “I simply assure her that everything will be OK. All we have to do is believe in God.”
When Hurricane Ida wreaked havoc on southern Louisiana, the family was one of thousands who sought refuge.
The hurricane flattened buildings, smashed trees into homes, and covered whole streets with rubble in this community of roughly 33,000 people 60 miles from New Orleans. Residents said that thousands of people were still without electricity, food, gas, and, more importantly, a feeling of security.
On Sunday afternoon, Ida’s fury arrived at Ms. Johnson’s mobile home. The roof had ripped off as she was laying in bed listening to the walls shake, she remembered. She clutched Alani and dashed to the shelter as soon as she felt secure.
They sat in the scorching heat for hours, pondering their next move.
Ms. Johnson said, “I can’t go home.” “We’re out of options.”
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Jefferson Parish is located in the state of Louisiana.
‘We are attempting to save energy.’
On Monday, evacuees in Jefferson Parish consoled one another. Credit… The New York Times’ Edmund D. Fountain
Craig Mills was thankful that his family did not flee and instead chose to fight the storm at his sister’s house in a Jefferson Parish suburb of New Orleans.
He said, “We had a couple of minor leaks in the home.” “So if we hadn’t been here, if that water had begun pouring in, there would have been a lot of water damage.”
The family did lose electricity around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, before Hurricane Ida made landfall, but there was no damage to the home or floods. Mr. Mills went to a Lowe’s on Monday in quest of mobile coverage.
Mr. Mills cited the knowledge that the home had survived Hurricane Katrina as well as worry about the amount of individuals in New Orleans who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus as reasons for remaining put.
“Escape for the sake of escape wasn’t always the answer,” he added.
The family’s main worry as they hunkered down was food and gas restriction while waiting for electricity to be restored. There was enough food for a week’s worth of meals, and the family was depending on a generator to keep things running.
“We have two gas containers,” he said, “and we are attempting to save energy by keeping the fridge cold and sometimes using the fan.”
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Last week, there was devastation in Waverly, Tennessee. The state’s central region, which was hit by catastrophic flash floods little over two weeks ago, is bracing for additional flooding from Ida. Credit… The New York Times’ Brandon Dill
Over the following several days, the leftovers of Hurricane Ida were anticipated to deliver severe weather to a wide region of the United States, from Tennessee to Massachusetts.
Ida, now reduced to a tropical depression, was located in northern Mississippi, approximately 185 miles southwest of Nashville, and heading northeast at 12 miles per hour as of 5 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was generating heavy rain and had maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
The National Weather Service in Nashville said, “The flooding danger is certainly not over.” “Please be cautious.”
Ida was anticipated to move northeast on Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and a flood danger from the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys to the Mid-Atlantic States through Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
A flash flood watch was in place for parts of Middle Tennessee until Tuesday night, with up to six inches of rain anticipated. Flash flooding may occur if heavy rain continues for an extended period of time, according to the center.
“A significant amount of rain has already fallen, and flood advisories are now in place for parts of Middle Tennessee,” according to the National Weather Service. A devastating flash flood blasted through a rural region west of Nashville earlier this month, killing at least 21 people.
Through Wednesday afternoon, the western border of North Carolina was also under a flash flood watch.
Much of Kentucky, the southern part of Ohio, West Virginia, a huge swath of Virginia, and points up to Massachusetts are all under a flash flood watch until at least Thursday as the storm moves northeast. From Wednesday through Thursday, parts of southern New England may receive up to four inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts.
On Tuesday, a few tornadoes were possible in eastern Alabama, western Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle. On Wednesday, the danger will move to parts of the Mid-Atlantic.
On Monday, a day after Hurricane Ida hit, a Shell petrochemical facility in Norco, La. Credit… Getty Images/Patrick T. Fallon/Agence France-Presse
Louisiana was hit by the most powerful storm on record, which ripped across one of the country’s major chemical, petroleum, and natural gas centers. While the entire amount of the storm’s effect may not be known for days or weeks, early reports of damage have raised worries about the region’s fossil fuel infrastructure’s susceptibility to increasing storms.
Officials warned on Monday that floods have breached a makeshift levee at a Phillips 66 refinery in Plaquemines, Louisiana’s southernmost parish and one of the worst hit by Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. The port of the massive Valero Refinery in nearby St. Bernard Parish was destroyed by almost two dozen ships that were unmoored by Hurricane Ida’s 150-mile-per-hour winds. Shell’s refining and chemical facility at Norco, farther inland, was shown in news pictures with significant flooding and black flares.
Earlier storms, such as Harvey in 2017 and Laura in 2020, resulted in oil and chemical spills from storage tanks and other coastal facilities.
Phillips 66 spokesperson Bernardo Fallas said the firm will “conduct a post-storm inspection of the refinery and its levees as soon as it is safe to do so.” Prior to Ida’s arrival, the refinery “performed a safe and orderly shutdown of operations,” he added.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, Louisiana’s 17 oil refineries account for almost one-fifth of the nation’s refining capacity, with the potential to handle approximately 3.4 million barrels of crude oil per day. Louisiana’s two liquefied natural gas export facilities will ship out approximately 55% of the country’s L.N.G. exports in 2020.
Much of that capacity was constructed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and there are plans in the works for a dozen additional liquefied natural gas export facilities in the area, including one at Port Fourchon, where Ida made landfall on Sunday. Environmental organizations have slammed the proposals, claiming that they contribute to the same climate problem that puts the facilities at risk.
On Monday, residents waited in line at a petrol station in southeast Louisiana to make purchases. Hurricane Ida is probably likely to make transportation and supply shortages worse. Credit… The New York Times’ Callaghan O’Hare
In normal times, a major storm like Ida is followed by a huge reconstruction effort, with carpenters, roofers, and other trained professionals descending on the afflicted areas to restore the damage.
These aren’t your typical times.
With the global supply chain beset by issues such as severe shipping delays, continuous product shortages, and skyrocketing prices, construction teams are likely to have difficulties obtaining necessary materials. At the same time, the hurricane’s destruction of key businesses along the Gulf Coast and the urgent need to recover are anticipated to wreak havoc on the country’s already overburdened maritime infrastructure.
“The supply was already bad,” said Eric Byer, president of the National Association of Chemical Distributors, a trade group that represents 400 businesses that manufacture and sell raw chemicals for a variety of sectors, including construction and pharmaceuticals. “It’s just going to get worse now.”
A boom in commerce from Asia to the United States has depleted the availability of shipping containers in recent months, forcing purchasers to pay ten times the normal cost on major routes like Shanghai to Los Angeles.
Loading and unloading at ports has been hampered as a result of dockworkers contracting Covid or landing in quarantine. Truck drivers have been laid off as a result of the epidemic, reducing the number of trucks available to transport goods from ports to warehouses to consumers.
As available vehicles are redirected en masse to impacted areas to provide emergency goods, Hurricane Ida will almost likely exacerbate the problem. No one doubts the benefits of this path, but it will reduce the number of trucks available to transport products elsewhere, exacerbating already severe shortages.
“The domestic transportation situation has been terrible for a long time, and the storm will exacerbate it,” Megan Gluth-Bohan, CEO of TRInternational, a chemical importer and distributor located outside Seattle, said. “There will be greater bottlenecks at the ports.”
Her business buys hydrocarbon resins from a Taiwanese source and sells them to American companies that produce paints, varnishes, and other coatings. She imports glycols, which are used in food, cosmetics, and industrial coatings, as well as chemicals from Thailand that are utilized in industrial cleaning goods.
Ms. Gluth-Bohan said, “These are the basic ingredients that create everything.”
Ms. Gluth-Bohan was still evaluating the effect of Hurricane Ida on her industry, but it was clear that the rebuilding effort would encounter difficulties as the supply of essential materials became even more scarce.
“It will have a big impact,” she predicted. “Many of the businesses that produce coatings, paint, shingles, or treated timber are going to have to slow down.”
Part of the effect is due to the storm’s landing location. The Gulf Coast is home to refineries and facilities that produce a wide range of industrial chemicals, as shown last winter when a severe frost in the area shut down industries, resulting in ongoing supply shortages.
In the aftermath of Ida, the plastics sector braced for a further rise in costs, which were already at record highs.
The Royale Group, based in Wilmington, Delaware, produces and distributes chemicals, although only a small portion of its supplies come from Gulf of Mexico facilities. But, as the company’s CEO, John Logue, pointed out, a scarcity of a single component may be enough to put a stop to the manufacturing of numerous products.
A chronic scarcity of computer chips has hampered the auto industry’s ability to innovate. Mr. Logue’s business, which depends largely on Chinese and Indian suppliers, has been unable to fulfill an order for a pharmaceutical company for weeks due to a shortage of one raw ingredient.
Mr. Logue said, “Any glitch in the supply chain right now simply adds gasoline to the fire.” “We are not producing what we want to produce. We are producing what we are able to produce.”
On Monday, a man was reportedly murdered by an alligator in a floodplain left by Hurricane Ida. Credit… Getty Images/Chris Graythen
Authorities reported an alligator attacked a Louisiana man on Monday in an area that was inundated by Hurricane Ida, leaving him missing and believed dead.
According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, a lady claimed her 71-year-old husband was bitten by an alligator while strolling in knee-high floods at their house in Slidell, approximately 30 miles northeast of New Orleans on the north side of Lake Pontchartrain.
The guy had gone to check on his things in a storage room under the home, according to Sheriff’s Office Capt. Lance Vitter.
The lady, who did not want her name used, said she was inside her house when she heard a ruckus and splashing. According to the Sheriff’s Office, when she walked outdoors, she witnessed a huge alligator assaulting her spouse.
Captain Vitter claimed on Tuesday that when she opened the door, the alligator had him in the death roll.
The lady dragged him out of the floods after the assault, which resulted in the loss of one of the man’s arms, and went inside to collect first aid supplies, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
She went into a boat to seek assistance when she discovered the extent of his injuries, which was approximately a mile away. Captain Vitter said that 911 was not operational at the time and that she was unable to contact for assistance. Her spouse was gone when she returned, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Attempts by deputies to locate the guy were unsuccessful, and the matter is still being investigated.
Captain Vitter said the couple’s house is bordered by swamp and is in an area where alligators are a common sight.
“It was not unusual to see alligators that were seven feet long or longer,” he added.
Sheriff Randy Smith of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a statement warning people to be “particularly cautious” while going through flooded areas since the storm may have displaced wildlife, allowing alligators and other creatures to migrate closer to homes.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana and Florida have the biggest alligator populations in the country, with over one million wild alligators in each state. Alligators may be found in ponds, lakes, canals, rivers, swamps, and bayous in Louisiana’s coastal marshes, but they can also be found in ponds, lakes, canals, rivers, swamps, and bayous.
At least five additional people have died as a result of the hurricane, three in Louisiana and two in Mississippi, according to authorities.
On Monday, Troy Bonvillian examined the damage to his flooring business in Houma, Louisiana. Credit… The New York Times’ Callaghan O’Hare
Volunteers and relief organizations from around the country are preparing to rescue, feed, and shelter people who have been impacted by Hurricane Ida and her aftermath. For those who want to assist, here is some advice.
Do your homework before you donate.
Natural catastrophes provide fertile ground for con artists to prey on vulnerable individuals in need and take advantage of others’ good intentions to assist them. Scammers utilize phone calls, text messaging, email, and postal mail, as well as going door-to-door, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The Federal Trade Commission offers advice on how to recognize a phony charity or fund-raiser.
Charity Navigator, GuideStar, and other organizations may offer you with information about charity organizations and assistance agencies, as well as point you in the right direction.
After a natural catastrophe, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud or FEMA at 1-866-720-5721 if you believe an organization or person is engaging in fraudulent activities.
Money donations, rather than products donations, are generally the greatest method to assist since they are more flexible and can be diverted easily when needs alter.
Here are some local hurricane relief groups.
All Hands and Hearts has a disaster assessment and response team stationed in Beaumont, Texas, in preparation for Hurricane Ida. Its volunteers will visit storm-affected regions as soon as they are able, addressing immediate needs such as clearing debris and trees with chainsaws, tarping roofs, mucking and gutting flooded dwellings, and disinfecting homes with mold infestation.
More than 3,500 disaster-readiness food boxes have been prepared by the Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves South Louisiana, and include things such as rehydration drinks, nutrition bars, and bottled water. It also keeps cooking equipment on hand that may be moved and used to reheat ready-to-eat meals. Bottled water and cleaning materials are appreciated donations. Volunteers are welcome to apply, but money contributions are the most effective way to support the relief effort, according to the group.
AirLink is a non-profit humanitarian flying company that transports supplies, first responders, and medical professionals to disaster-stricken areas. It has partnered with Operation BBQ Relief to provide equipment, chefs, and volunteers to help those impacted by the disaster make meals. Donations are gratefully accepted.
SBP, formerly known as the St. Bernard Project, was established in 2006 by a couple from St. Bernard Parish who were fed up with the sluggish response after Hurricane Katrina. It focuses on repairing houses and businesses that have been destroyed, as well as supporting recovery strategies. Donations are needed for its Hurricane Ida plan, which would pay for materials for house reconstruction and safety gear for team members.
A lot of volunteer rescue organizations go by the moniker Cajun Navy in some form or another. One of them is Cajun Navy Relief, a volunteer disaster response squad that established a formal nonprofit organization in 2017 after providing relief and rescue services after more than a dozen floods, hurricanes, and tropical storms in Louisiana. The team has identified items that are in short supply and is now collecting contributions.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans welcomes contributions to assist with its efforts, which relies on volunteer labor to restore houses. The group has also established an online wish list as well as a toll-free hotline at (844) 965-1386.
National groups are stepping in to assist.
AmeriCares, a health-focused relief and development organization, is reacting to Hurricane Ida by matching contributions in Louisiana and Mississippi. When it is safe to go, Vito Castelgrande, the organization’s Hurricane Ida team head, said the group will begin evaluating damage in the hardest-hit areas.
After Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, where its creator, Gary LeBlanc, grew up, Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based charity, was established in 2006. More than 15 million meals have been provided to individuals who have been impacted by natural disasters or who have other needs. In Ida’s honor, the organization has set up two mobile kitchens to provide hot meals and is taking contributions.
To assist people impacted by Ida, GoFundMe has established a centralized hub featuring verified GoFundMe fund-raisers. New fund-raisers will be included as they are confirmed on a regular basis.
8,000 hygiene kits, including shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, deodorant, and first-aid supplies, were given by Project HOPE, which dispatched an emergency response team with 11 medical volunteers. Donations may be given only towards Hurricane Ida assistance alone.
Hundreds of trained disaster professionals and relief materials have been deployed by the Red Cross to assist those in evacuation shelters. About 600 volunteers were ready to help with Ida relief operations, and shelters with cots, blankets, and comfort kits, as well as ready-to-eat meals, were set up in Louisiana and Mississippi. Products for blood transfusions have also been positioned by the organization. Donations may be made online redcross.org, by calling 800-RED-CROSS, or by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is accepting contributions for a relief fund that will be used to rebuild and offer long-term support, such as community grants.