Programs / August 2021 -

2021 Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida nears land

Event

On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida is made landfall twice along the Louisiana coastline, first near Port Fourchon and then two hours later in Lafourche Parish. This storm hit Louisiana as a powerful Category 4, where it brought life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and dangerous rainfall and flooding.

The storm caused widespread loss of power throughout Louisiana following the collapse of a tower carrying key transmission lines. The estimated repair time for this main tower will be several weeks, leaving the state without power during a time of oppressive heat.

This storm tested the upgraded levees, floodwalls, and floodgates installed following widespread failure after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans sixteen years ago. Upgrades to levees in the western suburbs had recently begun and storm surge from Ida quickly rose above the levels of existing levees, leading to flooding in the suburb of LaPlace.

As the storm has moved out of Louisiana, search and rescue efforts continue at this time.

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About our Response

We are in communication with emergency management partners in Louisiana to monitor damage and stay updated on search and rescue efforts. In the upcoming days, check back for developments regarding a future response.

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Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering with NECHAMA, please take a moment to click on the link below to express your interest in volunteering. A representative of NECHAMA will then connect with you to provide the necessary paperwork to complete ahead of your trip, as well as provide details about accommodations and current Covid protocols.

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Contacts

Dorothy Maples

Operations Director

dorothy@nechama.org

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