Hurricane Ida wrecks havoc in Louisiana
As United States Louisiana battles deadly hurricane Ida over 1million have been left without power while many are waiting for rescue from their flooded homes.
The deadly hurricane has claimed one person, while leaving much of the New Orleans area without power, interrupting phone service and sending rescuers scrambling Monday to flooded homes where people were anxiously asking for help.
Rescuers are getting numerous reports of people who’ve climbed into attics or onto roofs as waters rose in their homes, especially in parishes just outside New Orleans.
The Mayor of the city of Slidell, Greg Cromer, said about 15 people were helped off roofs and into boats early Monday in the city and rescuers in high-water vehicles still were taking people to safety in the lower side of town in the late morning.
Because cell phone service is sporadic in much of the region, rescuers sometimes are having difficulties to find for themselves who needs help.
According to Cromer, “We’ve had some people that … waded out (of neighborhoods) and flagged police officers down and told us what is going on.
Also, fleet captain of the Louisiana Cajun Navy volunteer rescue group, Jordy Bloodsworth, said more people are still trapped in their houses. “Seems like there’s hundreds, possibly more, people trapped in their houses, with some extent of water – from a foot deep to people in the attics.”
The United Cajun Navy, a separate volunteer rescue group, made more than 300 rescues by noon Monday, including in Houma, a roughly 60-mile drive southwest of New Orleans, Todd Terrell, the group’s president, said.
Louisiana State Police warned Monday that communication limits and debris-clogged roads may delay help to stranded residents “for quite some time.”