WATCH: American Flag Holds Strong at Half Staff as Hurricane Ida Bears Down on Louisiana

by Joe Rutland

As Hurricane Ida continued its trek through Louisiana on Sunday, one thing that even Ida had trouble bringing down was “Old Glory.”

The American flag stayed strong at half staff while Hurricane Ida and her winds blew and blew. Take a look as “Old Glory” herself withstood the storm’s intensity in Houma, La.

This is at least a beacon of hope in an otherwise hard weather situation for Louisiana residents.

Hurricane Ida came onshore in Louisiana on Sunday afternoon. Its winds have reached 100-plus miles per hour in places along and inside from the Gulf Coast.

Reports of damage have ranged from power lines down to building roofs getting blown away under the wrath of Hurricane Ida.

When will the “all clear” be given for the Louisiana area? That remains to be seen on Sunday afternoon. But those who are looking for a bright light in a dismal situation can simply look at this image.

New Orleans residents remain vigilant as Hurricane Ida rolled through southeastern Louisiana. They are battling winds and a lot of heavy rains and thunderstorms. As the hours continue to pass in the Bayou City, weather forecasters both in New Orleans and at the National Hurricane Center stay on alert for worsening weather conditions.

Outsiders who live in the storm’s current area or in Mississippi and Tennessee are going to keep watching as Ida rolls along in her fit of fury.

But even a hurricane of her magnitude couldn’t totally bring down the American flag. It is still flying as rains drench Houma.

Hurricane Ida Reportedly Caused Mississippi River To Reverse Flow

How powerful has Hurricane Ida been as it continued to wreak havoc in the New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana region?

So much so that the Mississippi River reportedly reversed flow for a bit.

The Mississippi River gauge located at Belle Chasse, La., showed its waterway’s current in negative numbers for three hours on Sunday.

Think about that for a minute. This river whose nickname is the “Mighty Mississisipi” was going in a different direction for a stretch of time.

That information, along with data from the U.S. Geological Survey, meant that those negative numbers showed that it was reversing its course. This is the impact of Hurricane Ida so far.

USGS cited this as the flow of the Mississippi in New Orleans was being pushed back due to the strong storm surge and winds.

So the river’s gauge sits in Belle Chase, La., located just outside central New Orleans. It shows the surface velocity of the Mississippi River. Well, as Ida made landfall, it started indicating a slower-than-usual pace at 2-feet-per-second…all the way to a zero at 10 a.m. Central time on Sunday.