In Louisiana, more than a million homes remain without power in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida. The balance is 4 deaths, well below Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and that’s thanks to investments in flood control systems. However, according to the United Nations, Ida could be the most costly weather disaster in history with severe damage to the power grid.
Ruined homes, fallen trees, and flooded streets are the bleak outlook from Hurricane Ida, a Category 4 hurricane that hit New Orleans. The city has been in complete darkness since Sunday, and residents like Ana Garcia who lives in Jefferson Parish, 4 kilometers from New Orleans, are having hard hours.
“There are a lot of fallen trees around, we have no electricity, we had no water for one day. Thank God, nothing happened in our house, but others were not so lucky in our area. Trees fell on rooftops, roofs were cut off…”, as He says.
“A friend of my husband drove about six hours yesterday to get a generator, which is useful for things like charging cell phones. The real drawback is the heat, but with some fans and fans one of them is really good. We’ll stay and see if we can help the community,” he explains.
The electricity network will be restored as a priority for hospitals fighting the Covid epidemic, as well as for sewage and water treatment systems. While it may take several more days for the general population. Anna Maria, a New Orleans suburban resident contacted by the RFI, chose to flee her home, traumatized by the memory of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
“We made the decision because we had that experience with Katrina and we knew a Category 3 and 4 hurricane would be very devastating. We know our house is fine, but we have several family members who have been affected by the roof removal – you can see the sky from the house – and obviously the rain He entered and caused roofs to collapse. It’s the story of thousands of people in Louisiana right now,” he summarizes.
“We are waiting for a better restoration of the water and sanitation system to return as soon as possible to conduct an assessment of the damage and see what happens, which is the uncertainty of many people who have left their homes,” he adds. I am Maria.
President Joe Biden will visit Louisiana on Friday to assess the damage caused by the hurricane. On the other hand, 1,600 rescuers were deployed, as well as 5,200 military personnel.
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