Disturbing new aerial photos show Hurricane’s Ida devastating impact on Louisiana, with whole blocks of homes turned into islands from storm surges that buried the region.
The photos show single-family homes in LaPlace in St. John the Baptist Parish in the New Orleans metro area, with house after house completely surrounded by water.
Ida’s 150-mph winds ripped pieces from many of the roofs, while debris can be seen strewn about near several of the homes.
More than 1 million people remain without power in southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans, where rescue crews are battling scorching temperatures, fallen trees and power lines, and heavy flooding as they search for survivors in Ida’s aftermath.
“I can’t tell you when the power is going to be restored,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “I can’t tell you when all the debris is going to be cleaned up and repairs made. But what I can tell you is we are going to work hard every day.”
At least two people have been confirmed dead in Louisiana, but Bel Edwards said Monday he expects the death toll to rise “considerably.”
Temperatures in New Orleans spiked to 105 degrees on Tuesday and are expected to reach 106 degrees on Wednesday, authorities said.