Recovering From Ida
On August 28, 2021, Hurricane Ida hit southeast Louisiana. On the anniversary of Katrina, this was the largest hurricane to hit the state since the year 1850. The storm made landfall in Grand Isle, a small island town of the coast of Louisiana. It did lots of damage to people’s camps and homes, even destroying some entirely. It then hit the town of Houma. Arriving in the town as a category 4 hurricane, many peoples’ businesses and homes were also destroyed. The same went for surrounding areas such as Thibodaux and Raceland. It then created major devastation in St. Charles Parish. Riding the eye wall, the parish took lots of tree and wind damage. Ida caused flooding in many other areas as well, even reaching up to New York City.
Although this storm has caused lots of devastation, we are on the road to rebuilding. At the time of writing this, much of St Charles and Terrebonne Parish are still out of power. This is 20 days after the storm made landfall. Hurricane Ida has definitely done more damage to these areas than any other storm in the past. People in these areas have lost so much, some even lost their houses. While people are still dealing with all of these issues, others are helping in any way possible. Some ways people are helping out include cooking large meals to feed lots of people that are still without power or even a home. This is something many individuals, families, and organizations are doing on a daily basis. These people doing these kinds of things are helping tremendously.
Another interesting factor in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida is the lack and scarcity of gasoline in affected areas. This is largely due to the amount of gasoline people are using to power their generators. With no power for weeks, just about everyone is using many gallons of gas to power their appliances constantly. This is causing, in most cases, most stations to be completely out of gas across the lower half of the state. In addition, the stations people are driving hours to check have lines of people waiting hours to retrieve fuel.
After days are passing, we are seeing quite the clean up. People are cleaning their yards, linemen are repairing electricity poles and lines, and power is returning slowly. While businesses in the affected areas are devastated and will likely remain closed for a while, some places like grocery stores are opening back up for the people of these communities. The people of these communities have been resilient and strong in this time. The road to normal may be long, but we will rebuild stronger than ever.