Hurricane Ida Reverses Mississippi River Flow, Knocks Out Power In New Orleans

Date: 2021-08-30 04:41:15

Hurricane Ida, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Louisiana on Sunday, reversed the Mississippi River’s flow and shut down power across New Orleans city. Even as the hurricane has weakened after landfall, the NWS warned of “a life threatening situation” around the areas near the St. John Baptist Parish and the St. Charles Parish due to rainfall of 6 to 10 inches and storm surges.

The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a flash flood emergency in the cities of Hammond, Tickfaw and Ponchatoula until 1 a.m. ET and  urged the residents to seek higher ground. And President Joe Biden approved Louisiana’s request for a major federal disaster declaration, making federal funding available to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey revealed that Ida temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi River in the area near Belle Chase as it flooded streets, submerged vehicles, and flipped over some trucks. 

New Orleans city officials said the entire city’s power has been cut. Energy company Entergy confirmed that all of New Orleans has no power, and the only part of the city with power was using generators. It said power will not be restored Sunday night.

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