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Two people have died and 10 are injured after a highway in George County, Mississippi was washed away by heavy rains from Hurricane Ida.

Seven vehicles were involved in a shipwreck that ensued when the road washed away, and a crane was needed to fish them out of the resulting sinkhole. One of the victims of the crash has been identified as Jerry Lee, 42. The name of the second victim has not yet been released.

Three of the injured survivors were found in critical condition and required hospitalization. One of those victims is a high school student, Layla Jamison. George County High School, where she attends class, has issued a call to prayer for the young girl.

At least four people in all have died as a result of the powerful storm, although authorities expect the number to rise slowly over the next few days as more dead are discovered.

One of the people who died drowned in her car as she tried to cross the flood waters, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Another individual was discovered Sunday after local lawmakers responded to a call about an individual who had been injured by an overturned tree.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said he expected the death toll to increase “dramatically” in the coming days.

According to reports from Bill Snyder of WLOX, there was still vehicle debris in the sinkhole Tuesday morning after the freeway was swept. His photos showed mutilated metal, doors and tires strewn in the pit.

George County Emergency Management Director John Glass has warned motorists to avoid driving as washout conditions are still present due to the continuing effects of Tropical Storm Ida.

The Gulf Coast region, particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, is still battered by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday night as it passed through the Mississippi.

Ida’s sustained winds on Monday night were 35 mph (56 km / h), still high, but a welcome respite from the storm’s land winds, which reached 150 mph (241 km / h).

The storm caused massive power outages throughout New Orleans as well as its surrounding suburbs. Millions of people in the region are without electricity, and it can take more than a month before electricity is fully restored to the region.

Thanks to infrastructure investments since Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans, although still severely affected, has fared much better than it did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina .

As Ida separates from the Gulf Coast states, millions of residents without electricity now face cleaning efforts and the prospect of an extremely hot summer without air conditioning and battery-less fans.

Hospitals, police stations, fire stations and assisted living facilities are prioritized for power restoration by Entergy, the state’s electricity supplier.

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