Hurricane Ida Knocks out Louisiana Power; Search and Rescue Operations Start

Emergency response units and local authorities have launched search and rescue operations after Hurricane Ida caused widespread flooding and blackouts across Louisiana.

“This morning, Troopers began assisting crews with the clearing of roadways in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. The full extent of damage is yet to be seen.  Although the storm has passed, it is not yet safe to return to the area,” warned the Louisiana State Police. 

Gen. Keith Waddell announced that 5,100 boots were already deployed in Southeast Louisiana.

“We’ve been out since 4:15 (a.m.) and got aircraft up at 6:16 (a.m.) We’ve been able to support several people and get them to safety,” said Waddell.

According to PowerOutage.US, Ida has left1,033,457 homes without power while Entergy reported that “all eight transmission lines that deliver power into the New Orleans area are currently out of service.”

There was one confirmed death so far, but Gov. John Bel Edwards said he expected the death toll to rise.

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