Hurricane Ida came on Sunday in south Lafourche, a remote area that retains strong Cajun folkways. Ida struck near the mouth of Bayou Lafourche, where it destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. It also flooded roads, snapped power lines, and overturned shrimp boats, a report said.
Port Fourchon was the hub of most of the Gulf of Mexico‘s oil and gas production. It suffered enough damage that it had to be delayed for several weeks. Leeville, which was made a ghost town by Hurricane Zeta last summer, is likely to have been wiped out.
Long-time residents of Lafourche compare storms with Hurricane Betsy, which was a 1965 storm that set the standard for storm severity in the region. It’s evident that Ida has done far more damage than Ida.
National Guard and the parish government have been sending high water trucks to flood areas in an effort to rescue people who are in desperate need. As of Tuesday, 15 people were relocated to shelters. There were no deaths.
Many parts of the parish are without electricity, water, or cell service. The radio systems used to assist emergency responders cannot be relied on. There are more gas leaks reported than ever before, which increases the risk of explosions and fires.
The way the storm flipped and crushed RV trailers, was one of the most telling signs of its power. One RV park saw the remaining trailers being flipped into toys while others were crushed and splintered.
The majority of residents obeyed the mandatory evacuation order before the storm.