Broken homes, streets strewn with debris and flooded communities along the Louisiana Gulf coast were left in the wake of Hurricane Ida as rescuers worked to save those stranded on Monday.
Video and aerial footage showed some of the destruction from the Category 4 hurricane, which made landfall on Sunday, including in LaPlace, west of New Orleans.
Nearly 800 people have been rescued from flooded homes or moved to safer land in St. John the Baptist Parish where LaPlace, a community of about 29,000 people, is located, parish officials said.
Over a million homes and businesses, including almost all of New Orleans, have been without power. Officials at St. Charles Parish, also near New Orleans, said power could be available for a month.
The Coast Guard was conducting search and rescue overflights of the Gulf Coast.
At least two people have died: a man who was killed when a tree fell on his home and another who drowned as he tried to bypass the flood waters, the Health Department said. the state. The two deaths are believed to be related to the storm, he said.
Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon around 11:55 a.m. local time on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Utility company Entergy said Monday evening that the 150 mph winds caused catastrophic damage and that customers in the hurricane’s direct path could face blackouts for more than three weeks, although it has estimated that electricity would be restored sooner for 90% of those affected.
“It will be a marathon, not a sprint,” said Deanna Rodriguez, CEO of Entergy New Orleans, in a statement.
Gov. John Bel Edwards has said he expects the death toll to rise as damage assessments are made and research is conducted. He said the recovery would take months.
Ida was one of the strongest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the region. It happened the same day Hurricane Katrina hit 16 years ago.