Hurricane Ida: Before and After Photos Details Brutal Extent of Flooding in Grand Isle, Louisiana

by Jon D. B.

“Some areas may be uninhabitable for weeks.” This satellite imagery paints one of the most thorough and brutal pictures of the damage done by Hurricane Ida through immense flooding.

“The before & after pictures of Grand Isle, #Louisiana after #Ida. Looks really grimacing,” posts Vortix to Twitter Monday. The startling imagery shows the sea level before and after Hurricane Ida. “Grimacing,” is the perfect word for it:

The Twitter account’s admin, Julian, cites “This came off of a Discord server but I have no clue who the original person was.” But it was made public once The New York Times published it as part of this recent breakdown of Hurricane Ida’s impact.

Of the satellite imagery, the Times describes the first image as hours before the storm made landfall. Then, the second image shows how much of Grand Isle is underwater as a result.

Storm surge via heavy rainfall has much of the low-lying regions of Louisiana’s coast submerged. To this end, the National Weather Service in New Orleans says via Twitter that “Some areas may be uninhabitable for weeks.”

Thankfully, NOLA officials would order evacuations for this area well beforehand. Undoubtedly, this saved countless lives. And this imagery shows exactly why heeding such evacuation orders is paramount.

Hurricane Ida Produces ’10 Feet or More’ of Storm Surge Flooding

Even into Monday morning, Ida will bring “16 inches of rain” into southeast Louisiana. Coastal Mississippi and Alabama will receive the same.

As a result, forecasters predicted – then saw – the storm surges reaching 10 feet or more in some parts of the LA coastline.

“Nobody is out of the woods in southeast Louisiana yet,” Governor John Bel Edwards tells his constituents. Through much of Sunday and Monday morning, Gov. Edwards said the situation was still “too dangerous” to deploy rescue workers.

“It doesn’t help anyone to dispatch first responders on a call if you’re actually going to cause the first responder to be in a very bad situation in terms of either getting hurt or killed or just being stuck where they then have to ride it out there or you send somebody else,” Edwards tells The Advocate.

Even search and rescue is “weather dependent,” the governor clarifies. “And quite frankly, before the weather gets good enough for us to respond it’s also going to be dark,” he continues Monday morning. “We will be ready at first light tomorrow morning to go out to those areas that we know already have received the most damaging impacts from the storm.”

While Hurricane Ida is now reducing to a tropical storm, the damage has already been done. Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee cites water levels in her parish are “beyond chest high. It’s up to the top of the roof” in many areas, she says Monday.

“Unfortunately, the worst case scenario seems to have happened.”

Stay safe out there, fellow Outsiders.