“IDA” Rather NOT!!!
Hurricane Ida was a deadly and destructive Category 4 Atlantic Hurricane that became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike the state of Louisiana on record, behind Hurricane Katrina, and is tied for the strongest landfall in the state by maximum winds with Hurricane Laura a year before and the 1856 Long Island Hurricane. As is the case with many storms that make landfall along the coastal areas; the damage continued along its path toward the northeast.
As of September 4, a total of 91 deaths have been confirmed in relation to Ida, including 71 in the United States and 20 in Venezuela. In the United States, 27 deaths were in New Jersey, 18 in New York, 13 in Louisiana, 5 in Pennsylvania, 2 in Mississippi, 2 in Alabama, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Virginia, and 1 in Connecticut. The storm has caused 28 indirect deaths, including 20 deaths from flooding in Venezuela caused by Ida's precursor, and a Louisiana man mauled to death by an alligator after walking through Ida's floodwaters. Two electrical workers died while repairing power grid damage caused by the storm. Four people have died in New Orleans and Jefferson Parrish as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning while using generators with inadequate ventilation. After the storm passed, nearly all of the oil production along the Gulf Coast was shut down. Thousands of crew members were deployed in Louisiana, and hundreds were rescued. Power outages were expected to last weeks, possibly up to a month. States of emergency were declared for Louisiana and portions of the Northeast. Several sporting events were also moved, delayed, or cancelled by the storm.
These numbers illustrate the fact that although our area may not be in the direct path of a hurricane’s landfall or anywhere near it; it can still lead to catastrophic damage and deaths. SERVPRO of Sussex County is the leading storm remediation company in Sussex County and if you suffered any damage from Ida or any storm; please call us at 302-856-9768 and we will be ready to help!