Photos: Hurricane Ida Hit Louisiana’s Coastline Hard, Leaving Serious Damage – NPR

Jeremy Hodges climbs up the side of his family’s destroyed storage unit in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Houma, La., a city which sits just along the coast of Louisiana. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Jeremy Hodges climbs up the side of his family’s destroyed storage unit in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Houma, La., a city which sits just along the coast of Louisiana.

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Hurricane Ida’s fierce Category 4 winds and torrential rain left the Louisiana coastline badly beaten.

Images of the effected areas days after the storm show crushed homes, debris scattered across streets, and flooded neighborhoods.

As cleanup is underway, officials are warning residents who evacuated not to return to their homes just yet due to the severe damage.

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A man checks a broken gas pipe with a firefighter after Hurricane Ida hit Bourg, Louisiana, the United States, Aug. 30, 2021.

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When the storm made landfall, its winds were as high as 150 mph, which tore roofs from homes and trees from their roots. It was eventually downgraded to a tropical depression by Monday as it moved across Mississippi.

Hurricane Ida hit New Orleans on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina– the costliest storm on record in U.S. history. Katrina, which caused massive damage to New Orleans, was a Category 3 storm when it hit. Though a weaker storm (winds during Hurricane Katrina reached 125 mph), it was larger in size than Hurricane Ida, which experts attribute to why Katrina caused so much damage ago.

The house owner Alzile Marie Hand, 66, right, is being comforted by her son Thomas James Hand, 19, outside of their damaged house after the Hurricane Ida passed through in Houma, Louisiana on August 30, 2021. Go Nakamura/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The house owner Alzile Marie Hand, 66, right, is being comforted by her son Thomas James Hand, 19, outside of their damaged house after the Hurricane Ida passed through in Houma, Louisiana on August 30, 2021.

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The winds knocked out power in New Orleans, including temporarily the city’s 911 emergency response system, and surrounding areas. More than 1 million residents are still without power by early Tuesday. It’s unclear when power will be restored to most residents, but officials believe it may last more than a month for some people.

A resident carries a dog through floodwater left behind by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A resident carries a dog through floodwater left behind by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River.

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Hurricane Ida is also blamed for the death of at least two people as of Monday, according to Louisiana’s Department of Health. One man drowned after he attempted to drive his car through floodwaters in New Orleans. The other victim was found Sunday night after being hit by a fallen tree.

Gov. John Bel Edwardssaid he expects the number of fatalities to increase as recovery efforts continue.

A National Guard vehicle drives through floodwater left behind by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A National Guard vehicle drives through floodwater left behind by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. The storm, wielding some of the most powerful winds ever to hit the state, drove a wall of water inland when it thundered ashore Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane and reversed the course of part of the Mississippi River.

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President Biden approved Louisiana’s request for a major disaster declaration on Sunday, allowing federal funding to reach residents and business owners.

Emergency and first responder teams, including the U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard, continue operations on Tuesday. Search and rescue teams from more than 15 states are conducting operations in hard-hit areas, according to FEMA.

FEMA also reminded residents to be cautious of news shared on social media being attributed to the agency.

It warned residents on its website about false rumors being shared on online alleging the agency is paying for hotels for people who evacuated due to the storm. The agency said people must first apply for FEMA assistance online before receiving aid.

Marquita Jenkins stands in the ruins of the Be Love hair salon, owned by her mother, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021 in LaPlace, Louisiana. Idas eastern wall went right over LaPlace inflicting heavy damage on the area. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Im hide caption

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Marquita Jenkins stands in the ruins of the Be Love hair salon, owned by her mother, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021 in LaPlace, Louisiana. Idas eastern wall went right over LaPlace inflicting heavy damage on the area.

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Officials continue to remind Louisianans that bouncing back from Ida’s destruction is a marathon–not a sprint.

In New Orleans, the city put out a call for hot and non-perishable meals, generators, charging stations and offered options for those interested in donating to assist residents.

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First responders prepare to launch rescue boats to transport residents out of floodwater left behind by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021.

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