Hurricane Ida: Storm Surge Waves Flow Through Louisiana Town, a Remote Cam Shows

by Shelby Scott

Hurricane Ida quickly ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana, and other surrounding areas and communities. In her wake, she left intense storm surges and major flooding. One remote video clip shows storm surge waves flowing through a rural LA town near Lake Pontchartrain.

The clip features muddy brown water flowing in waves over what we can only assume was a grassy field-like area. Further, the audio captures more than just the sound of the storm surge waves. It also caught Hurricane Ida’s rushing wind as it ravaged the couple of trees visible.

@hurricanetrack, who shared the clip, said the remote camera was set up in Mandeville, LA.

Storm surges and possible tornadoes continue to threaten the southern state. Although, Hurricane Ida did drop to a tropical storm following impact with the coast. Eventually, meteorologists labeled the hurricane as Category 2, though the storm’s devastation is widespread and jawdropping.

NBC reported earlier Monday that major winds, flooding, and overall destruction ignited a collection of calls for search-and-rescue operations. However, crews struggled in their missions and communications earlier today following Ida’s retreat. Downed towers and outages resulted in disruptive cellphone service and inoperable 911 lines.

However, so far, Hurricane Ida has resulted in only one confirmed death. The 60-year-old man’s fatality occurred following the felling of a tree into the LA resident’s home. Contrastly, authorities believe that Hurricane Ida’s death toll could rise considerably. After all, the storm made history books as the fifth-strongest hurricane to strike the U.S. mainland. Overall, LA Governor John Bel Edwards said damage from the hurricane is “really catastrophic.”

Hurricane Ida Rapidly Reduced to a Tropical Storm

Hurricane Ida rushed the LA coast Sunday morning, bringing deadly storm surges, heavy rain, and 150-mile-per-hour maximum wind speeds. However, as she raced further inland, Ida quickly dropped to a Cat-2 hurricane. She eventually leveled out to a Tropical Storm earlier Monday morning.

Regardless of Hurricane Ida’s retreat from a cat-4 hurricane to an intense tropical storm, southern Americans are not removed from danger yet. The National Hurricane Center continued to report “heavy rainfall” throughout Monday. As the storm moves farther east, the NHC said Hurricane Ida will bring mass amounts of rain to “southeast Louisiana, coastal Mississippi, and southwestern Alabama.”

Now, the storm begins its migration up and across the Eastern Coast. Meanwhile, media have highlighted Hurricane Ida as one of the most powerful hurricanes in the nation’s history. So far, though, destruction from the storm has not yet equated to that of Katrina 16 years ago. Additionally, the Gulf Coast’s most recent hurricane did demonstrate her might as she temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River.

Regardless, Ida ravaged numerous towns and communities along the LA coast, and residents and state officials alike stress the importance of ongoing rescue efforts.