Hurricane Ida Traps Louisianans, Leaves the Grid in Shambles

Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Steve Helber

A fearsome Hurricane Ida has left scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued.

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 10:28 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A fearsome Hurricane Ida has left scores of coastal Louisiana residents trapped by floodwaters and pleading to be rescued, while making a shambles of the electrical grid across a wide swath of the state in the sweltering, late-summer heat.

One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland has now weakened into a tropical storm as it pushes inland over Mississippi with torrential rain and shrieking winds.

No major flooding was reported inside the flood control system that protect New Orleans, but with communications spotty and no power, the extent of the damage across the city was not immediately clear.

Lafayette
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 67°
New Iberia
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 66°
Ville Platte
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 72°
Abbeville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 66°
Crowley
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 66°
St. Martinville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 66°
Opelousas
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 69° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 72°
Warming Up This Week

Latest Video

Image

Warmer Monday Afternoon

Image

Tracking warmer temps this week

Image

Drier Sunday Afternoon

Image

Tracking cold temps this weekend

Image

Shopping local during the Holidays

Image

Cold Weather Sticks Around

Image

Tracking another cold front

Image

Making Kids Smile One Present at a Time

Image

Tracking Thanksgiving Rain Chances

Image

FULL INTERVIEW: One on One with Mayor- President Josh Guillory and Former Police Chief Thomas Glover

Community Events