Hurricane Ida hit Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Sunday with 150-mph winds. She’s now a tropical storm passing through Mississippi and headed toward the mid-Atlantic states. Over one million homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana alone. Flash floods and tornadoes may be created on her tour through the south. So far, she’s responsible for four deaths.
As bad as Ida is, she’s not Katrina. That category 5 hurricane hit Louisiana with 174-mph winds, destroyed New Orleans, and killed at least 1,833 people. Ida was a category 4, which is still extremely bad, but this storm hit smaller communities. Yesterday, people in New Orleans were sweeping up and going for bicycle rides (according to The New York Times). People in smaller communities, like Grand Isle, LaPlace, and Houma, are recovering from extensive damage. The storm was strong enough to reverse the flow of the Mississippi River.
There will be people left without powers for days if not weeks. Another major concern is access to drinking water. Rescue teams are being sent by the governors of California and Massachusetts. Hopefully, FEMA does better with Ida than it did with Katrina. The first damage FEMA is trying to repair are rumors that FEMA will pay for motel rooms. They will not.
There is also a wrong number for FEMA being shared on social media. If you need disaster assistance from FEMA, the correct number is: 1-800-621-3362. You can also apply at DisasterAssistance.Gov.
I don’t have a lot to give you today outside of a silly cartoon that pokes fun of FEMA and swamps. I’m from Louisiana so I can get away with making fun of swamps. Seriously, I hope there are no more deaths or injuries caused by Ida and hopefully, the storms created in its wake through the next few days will be light.
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