St. John the Baptist Parish officials announced that almost 800 people were rescued from flooded homes and almost 18,000 residents lost power due to Hurricane Ida, calling it a “parish-wide disaster.”
St. John the Baptist Parish president Jaclyn Hotard said in a CNN report that they have worked tirelessly through the night and quickly moved into recovery as they continued to rescue individuals.
Hotard added, “We’ve experienced 17 inches of rain and five feet of storm surge, and this system sat over St. John for hours… Devastating winds for hours. This is one of the worst natural disasters I’ve ever seen in St. John.”
Hotard encouraged residents to stay vigilant and safe when traveling on roads, as many roads have been blocked due to uprooted trees and fallen power lines.
Hotard said that there were no storm-related deaths for the time being.
The National Hurricane Center forecast disclosed that Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon at 11:55 A.M. CDT Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph.
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