The Storm Continues To Leave A Path Of Destruction. Search And Rescue Efforts Are Underway, But It’s Difficult For First Responders To Reach Hardest-Hit Areas.

The Storm Continues To Leave A Path Of Destruction. Search And Rescue Efforts Are Underway, But It’s Difficult For First Responders To Reach Hardest-Hit Areas.

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43 min agoThe scope of Ida’s damage is coming into view this morning. Here’s a look at the scene. From CNN’s Clint Alwahab

Ida is no longer a hurricane, but it continues to leave a path of damage. The tropical storm is moving over southwestern Mississippi and a threat of flooding remains in some parts of Louisiana.

Ida slammed into Louisiana on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, tying with 2020’s Hurricane Laura and the Last Island Hurricane of 1856 as the strongest ever to hit the state.

Here’s a look at what the scene is like in some parts of Louisiana:

Dartanian Stovall looks at the house that collapsed with him inside during the height of Hurricane Ida in New Orleans. (Michael DeMocker for USA Today Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC)Highway 51 is flooded after Hurricane Ida struck LaPlace, Louisiana. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser/USA Today Network via Reuters)A tree lies on a house in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans on Monday, August 30. (Michael DeMocker for USA Today Network via Imagn Content Services, LLC)An apartment building that burned overnight after Hurricane Ida struck in Kenner, Louisiana. (Mickey Welsh/USA Today Network via Reuters)Traffic diverts around downed power lines in Metairie, Louisiana. (Steve Helber/AP)Flooded streets are seen in Kenner, Louisiana, on the morning of August 30. (Marco Bello/Reuters)A massive oak tree stretches across a street in New Orleans. (Kevin McGill/AP)New Orleans Police detectives Adam Buckner, left, and Alexander Reiter, look through debris from a collapsed building in New Orleans on August 30. (Gerald Herbert/AP)3 hr 55 min agoSlidell, Louisiana, emergency officials deploy boats to conduct water rescues Slidell, Louisiana, Mayor Greg Cromer said there is water in “every neighborhood in town” and local officials had to deploy boats to conduct water rescues early this morning.

“In about a three hour period, we had probably five to six foot rise in the bayou and the lake estuary system that pushed water into a number of people’s homes on the south side of our community,” Cromer said.

Slidell is located on the far east end of Lake Pontchartrain. 

“We had to deploy boats at 4:00 this morning and do water rescues. We took about 15 people off their roofs off their homes,” he said.

The mayor said that the water seems to be receding in the bayou area, but they do not think they have seen the “height of it yet.” Cromer said officials are now using high-water vehicles to take people out of the neighborhood to the lower side of town.

Cromer warned the worst of the flooding could still be coming.

“As this storm goes north, and the winds shift out of a southeasterly direction to a southwesterly direction, it’ll start taking and pushing all that water that’s in [Lake Pontchartrain] and it begins to stack up on our side of the lake, and we’ll see another rise in water, we think this afternoon,” Cromer said. The mayor said that due to downed power lines and sporadic service, some people have been able to get through to officials on the 911 systems, while others flagged police officers after leaving their homes.

He added that some people waded out waist deep and flagged police officers down and told them what was going on, “and we were able to get in there and find these folks,” he said. “But it has been a pretty long morning for our first responders, our police officers and some of our firemen.

Cromer said he hopes to have their electric grid back up in three to five days, “which would be much, much quicker than the two weeks it took after Katrina.”

4 hr 7 min agoMore than 5,000 National Guard personnel activated to help in hurricane recovery efforts, Pentagon saysThousands of National Guard personnel are going to the Gulf Coast to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Maj. Gen. Hank Taylor, vice director for logistics of the Joint Staff, said on Monday.

Taylor said in coordination with the National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), about 5,200 people will be activated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama.

“They bring a variety of assets including high water vehicles, rotary lift and other transportation capability to support recovery efforts,” Taylor said.Additionally, Taylor said the US Army Corp of Engineers is operational in New Orleans and is “assessing the storm’s impact.”

The Department of Defense also “stands ready” to assist as requested by FEMA, Taylor said.

4 hr 21 min agoLouisiana governor says he “fully expects the death count will go up considerably throughout the day”From CNN’s Gregory Lemos

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that as search and rescue efforts get underway in the wake of Hurricane Ida, he “fully expects the death count will go up considerably throughout the day.”

“I don’t want to mislead anyone. Robust search and rescue is happening right now and I fully expect that that death count will go up considerably throughout the day,” Edwards told MSNBC Monday. Over 900 search and rescue personnel from 16 different states, plus the Louisiana National Guard, are on the ground assisting with the effort, which began around 3:00 a.m. this morning, Edwards said.

The governor said the storm made landfall “very much as advertised” and brought catastrophic wind and rain.

The amount of surge and rain Ida pushed into the state caused severe flooding, Edwards said. The governor said there are people still sheltering on the second floor of their homes and in attics.

Edwards said the amount of debris and standing water is making it difficult for first responders to access the hardest hit areas.

He said almost all of southeast Louisiana is without power and that all eight major

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