Louisiana Governor Edwards, speaking to MSNBC, said search and rescue efforts began at 3 a.m. as Hurricane Ida slowed.
Noting that one person was found dead from the hurricane, Edwards said: “I don’t want to mislead anyone. Search and rescue efforts continue. I predict the death toll will rise over the course of the day.” he said.
It was announced that 900 search and rescue personnel from 16 states have participated in search and rescue efforts in the state, as well as the Louisiana National Guard.
As heavy rains continued after Hurricane Ida, the wind speed of 50 kilometers per hour (30 mph) was said to make work in the area difficult.
It has been reported that some homes in Jefferson, Louisina, have been completely submerged. It was noted that power cuts and weather conditions in the region made search and rescue efforts difficult.
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Entergy, Louisine’s largest electricity company, has announced that it does not yet know the source of the power outages, that it could take days to detect the damage from the hurricane and that it expects that it takes longer to repair power outages.
Jefferson Mayor Cynthia Lee Cheng presented the horrors experienced by some people in the town of Lafitte who were trapped in the attics of homes. Explaining that the area is a swamp, Lee Cheng said the waters are full of crocodiles.
Noting that a large transformer providing electricity to New Orleans collapsed in the Mississippi River due to the hurricane, Entenergy Company President Philip May said the transformer in question did not had not been damaged at all in Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago.
Hurricane Ida, which reached a speed of 241 kilometers per hour (150 mph), hit the Louisiana coast around 12:30 p.m. local time on Sunday.