Hurricane Ida Death Toll Rises in Louisiana as State Continues Assessing Extensive Damage

by Courtney Blackann
Hurricane Ida Death Toll Rises in Louisiana as State Continues Assessing Extensive Damage

Hurricane Ida’s lasting effects will be far-reaching as the storm significantly impacted the south and the northeastern United States this past week. The storm blew in at a harrowing rate of 172 miles per hour as a Category 4 hurricane. Communities devastated by the floodwaters are reeling to come back from the mess.

After almost a week, the Louisiana coastline, mainly New Orleans, is left in disrepair. Parts of New York and New Jersey are crippled with damages left by flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. The death toll has also risen. At least 44 people in the northeast have perished. In Louisiana, the number has risen to 12.

Because the storm left so many without power, many were relying heavily on backup generators. Some failed. Some caused carbon monoxide poisoning, according to Reuters.

The Grand Classica cruise line was brought in to try and house workers who were trying to restore power to the area.

“Hurricane relief and humanitarian charters are something we’ve done several times in the past, and we are proud to be able to move quickly to action now in this way, helping facilitate relief for the thousands of people who remain without power across the region,” Kevin Sheehan, president of the cruise line, said in a statement.

Hurricane Ida Inflicts More Damage

Further, photos of the devastation show completely flooded streets. The mess is already billions of dollars in the making for clean-up efforts. It’s unlikely authorities will know just how expensive the storm will prove until early next week.

Additionally, those among the most affected were in nursing homes. With little resources, the deaths are that much more saddening.

“Sadly, we also can now confirm 2 additional deaths among nursing home residents who had been evacuated to the Tangipahoa facility,” the Louisiana Department of Health tweeted on Saturday.

“This brings the death toll of nursing home residents evacuated to this facility to 6,” the health department tweeted.

Moreover, public transportation in the northeast came to a halt after buses were seen careening through knee-high floodwaters. Passengers scrambled to maneuver the streets in the debris and wreckage.

President Joe Biden additionally plans to visit the northeastern states this Tuesday to assess the damage and search for solutions amid the mass tragedy.

In addition, Hurricane Larry is also approaching the northeast following Ida’s wreckage. Authorities warned that the swells from the sea could add to already flooded streets. Clean up from the storm will take several weeks, authorities said.

“Higher swells could approach the Northeast coast by the end of the week, with Larry staying off shore,” meteorologist Bob Oravec of the National Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland, told Reuters.