Hurricane Ida has left more than a million Americans without power, destroyed untold millions of dollars worth of property, and now has left at least one person dead. Louisiana’s governor has warned that the death toll may rise “considerably.”
Governor John Bell Edwards spoke on NBC’s Today Show early on Monday saying that, “I am certain as the day goes on, we will have more deaths.”
At present, a search and rescue mission is underway to help trapped resident get to safety. In south Jefferson Parish, more than 30 boats have been deployed. Ida resulted in 10 to 12 feet of water flooding into the areas including Jean Lafitte, Baataria, Crown Point and lower Lafitte.
Meanwhile, President Biden is promising a significant federal response promising to everything in the federal government’s power to help Louisiana and Mississippi residents effected by the storm.
“It is moments like these that we can see the power of government to meet the needs of people,” said the President at a virtual briefing at the White House on Monday. “We’re there to help you get back on your meet.”
“You know, Ida is turning into a very, very dangerous storm; I need not tell you,” President Joe Biden said in a speech over the weekend. “This weekend is the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. And it’s a stark reminder that we have to do everything we can to prepare the people in the region and make sure we’re ready to respond.” (Stories continues below.)
The White House said over 3,600 FEMA employees are deployed to respond to the hurricane. There are 17 urban search and rescue teams and air and ground ambulances by the hundreds.
“We’ve also closely coordinated with the electric utilities to restore power as soon as possible and to support your response and recovery efforts,” Biden said. “And above all, I’m urging the people of the area to pay attention and be prepared. I want to say it again:Pay attention and be prepared. Have supplies for your household on hand. Follow the guidance from local authorities. And if you have to move to shelter, make sure you wear a mask and try to keep some distance because we’re still facing the highly contagious Delta variant as well.”
Powerful winds from Hurricane Ida ripped off part of the roof of Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Cut Off, Louisiana. No injuries reported despite the significant damage.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2021
The Senate’s most liberal members blamed climate change for the hurricane.
“The destruction from Hurricane Ida is devastating. Our thoughts are with those in danger and with first responders saving lives,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-VT. “But let’s be clear. If we do not act boldly to combat climate change, what we see today will become the norm as the planet becomes more uninhabitable.”
Meanwhile, other states are sending help.
“Texas is sending emergency resources & personnel to Louisiana to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. We will never forget the kindness, generosity, & support offered by Louisiana during Hurricane Harvey four years ago. When neighbors help neighbors, America is stronger.”