Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards told CNN on Sunday evening that Hurricane Ida was raging through his state and would continue to cause damage through the night.
“It’s tough all over Southeast Louisiana,” he said, adding “It’s a very devastating storm.”
Edwards said he was aware of calls for help – particularly in Jefferson Parish where a mandatory evacuation was issued on Thursday – but conditions will not yet allow emergency teams to respond.
“At the height of a hurricane, you can’t get first responders out because it’s just too dangerous. The wind speed doesn’t allow it,” he explained. “As soon as we can, we will be engaged in very robust search and rescue operations. “
There are 21 urban search and rescue teams from about 15 states ready to search when the storm subsides, Edwards said.
But he warned the storm is far from over, noting that it has yet to reach I-10 and that expected wind and rain, which could reach 20 to 24 inches in those areas, could cause other damage in the state.
“No one has come out of the woods in Southeast Louisiana yet. We will deal with this until shortly after midnight,” Edwards said, adding that the full extent of the damage will only be known. Sunrise.
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