The catastrophe was greatest after Hurricane New Orleans (VG). Sheriff Tim Soignet’s many men have lost their homes – but they have been working long hours to help the local community.
The sheriff is standing outside a community center in Huma, a small town on the Gulf of Louisiana south of New Orleans, on a humid, dark evening.
While this may not be worse than Katrina, DG Choknet tells Viji about the local impact of the hurricane on Huma.
Before Hurricane Ida hit, he hurriedly evacuated 400 people. On Sunday, the western wall of the hurricane struck the small community for about ten hours.
– The wind was blowing at 225 kilometers per hour, says Soiknet.
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Police on duty lost the house
The coastal area south of Huma and New Orleans is one of the worst-affected areas since the hurricane.
On the main street, building parts, torn roofs and old metals are scattered. The Northern Highway to New Orleans is partially flooded. Inside New Orleans, cars are scattered on the roadside and in traffic jams.
Many sheriff’s officers lost their homes to strong winds.
– But they are here to help. Their families are waiting for them, but we do it here. We take care of the community before we take care of ourselves, says Soinet.
Now the biggest problem in Huma is that the water pipes are smoking. The work is in full swing. Another big challenge is that the whole city is without electricity.
Soinet says it could take three to four weeks for power to return.
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1.1 million without electricity
According to electricity company Energy, the most affected areas of the tropical storm Ida may take more than a month to regain power.
– This is a marathon, not a sprint, says Energy New Orleans president Tina Rodriguez CNN.
“90 percent of customers will get it back soon, and customers in severely affected areas should plan for the long haul without electricity,” Rodriguez said.
From night to Tuesday, about 1.1 million people in Louisiana were without electricity, and a fourth type of hurricane hit the state on Sunday night at 19.00 Norwegian time.
Hundreds have been evacuated from their homes, and the hurricane has wreaked havoc. On Monday, Ida was reduced to a “tropical storm” and is now moving eastward into Mississippi.
Four hospitals were evacuated
“Electricity is almost non-existent in most parts of southeastern Louisiana,” Governor John Bell Edwards told CNN.
He says patients in the intensive care units and respiratory facilities must first ensure that hospitals are reactivated in order to receive the critical care they need. According to the governor, three hospitals have already been evacuated and a fourth was on evacuation duty on Tuesday night.
– I want to remind people that we are still in an epidemic whether we like it or not. This is a very difficult covid condition, and today one hundred percent of infections are of the delta type, says Edwards.
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In the district of St. Charles Parish Asks the officers The evicted residents will not return home for the next few days.
– Local officials write on Facebook that we are likely to be without electricity for a month.
A curfew has been imposed from 8pm to 5am and the chances of communication are slim, officials said.
– If you have been logged out and remain on the site for a few more days, we recommend that you do so. That post says that when you return home, you should bring everything you need for at least a week, including food, ice, water and fuel.
The same is true of Howe.
– Now we encourage no one to come back. There is no electricity, no gas supply in many areas and shops are closed. We have no water, Sonet tells Viji.
Hurricane Ida hits land: New Orleans all without electricity
In St. John the Baptist Parish County, nearly 800 people were evacuated, and about 18,000 homes still had no electricity.
“This is one of the worst natural disasters I have ever seen in St. John,” said County President Jacqueline Hottard. CNN.