Hurricane Ida caused widespread power outages in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Two people killed and 10 injured in a road collapse on a Mississippi highway, believed to have been caused by torrential rains caused by Hurricane Ida, officials said.
Three people among the injured are in critical condition, the Mississippi Highway Patrol said Tuesday.
“We’ve had a lot of rain with Ida, heavy,” Mississippi Highway Patrol officer Calvin Robertson said. “Part of the highway just washed away.”
Seven vehicles plunged into a deep ditch caused by the collapse of the highway, local media reported.
Ida, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the US Gulf Coast, had weakened to… a tropical depression by late Monday as it churned over Mississippi, where the system caused heavy rainfall overnight.
The storm, which flooded Louisiana with rain and killed at least two people in the state, caused widespread power outages in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, and sparked rescue efforts in flooded communities around New Orleans.
As of Tuesday, more than a million customers were without power in Louisiana, according to… Power failure, which collects data from US utilities.
Residents in the worst-hit areas could experience power outages for weeks, utility company Entergy said Monday. Many water systems in the state were also out. Officials in Jefferson Parish in the New Orleans metropolitan area asked residents to conserve water to avoid sewer backups.
“I can’t tell you when the power will be restored. I can’t tell you when all the debris will be cleared and repairs will be made,” Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday. “But what I can tell you is that we are going to work hard every day to provide as much help as possible.”
Widespread flooding and power outages Tuesday also slowed energy companies’ efforts to assess damage to oil production facilities, ports and refineries.
Late Monday, the St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said it was investigating the possible death of a… 71 year old male. His wife told police that the man was likely killed by an alligator while walking in floodwaters. The victim has not yet been found and the incident is still under investigation.
Climate change is causing deadly and disastrous weather around the world, including stronger and more damaging hurricanes.
Ida made landfall Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, evoking memories of a disaster that killed more than 1,800 people and devastated New Orleans in 2005.
But a $14.5 billion system of levees, sluices and pumps designed in the wake of Katrina’s devastation worked largely as designed during Ida, officials said, sparing New Orleans from the catastrophic flooding that hit the area for 16 years. ago destroyed.
The state’s health care systems also appeared to have largely escaped catastrophic damage at a time when Louisiana is reeling from a resurgence of COVID-19 infections that has strained hospitals.