- Title: New Orleans residents relieved Ida 'isn't Katrina' after night without power
- Date: 30th August 2021
- Summary: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 30, 2021) (REUTERS) WIDE OF DAMAGED BUILDING AND PARTS OF ROOF IN THE STREET, IN THE FRENCH QUARTER NEIGHBORHOOD PAN OF BLOWN OFF ROOF TO DOWNED SIGN READING "LAURA'S CANDIES PLATES & PRALINES ICE CREAM PARLOR" DIFFERENT VIEW OF BLOWN OFF ROOF MAN WALKING WITH DOG ON STREET WITH DOWNED TREES PAN FROM BADLY DAMAGED TO TREE TO FALLEN TREE ON TOP OF VEHICLE (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEW ORLEANS RESIDENT STEPHEN TIMPHONY, WHOSE FAMILY OWNS HOBNOBBER'S VARIETY BAR & RESTAURANT, SAYING: "It was pretty intense, a lot of wicked winds, luckily no flooding. That's the main difference between this storm and Katrina because this was a lot of wind damage and Katrina was more flood. Like Katrina, we got about two feet of water in here that just stayed for about a week or two. But, this was just a lot of wind damage and no power." MARDI GRAS HAS BEEN WRAPPED AROUND TREE TRUNK WHICH FELL ON TOP OF CAR (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEW ORLEANS RESIDENT STEPHEN TIMPHONY, WHOSE FAMILY OWNS HOBNOBBER'S VARIETY BAR & RESTAURANT, DISCUSSING IDA'S POSSIBLE IMPACT ON HIS FAMILY BUSINESS, SAYING: "I don't know what we can do like, serving-wise, but we can definitely serve alcohol." MOVING SHOT SHOWING DAMAGED BRICK WALL WIDE OF DEBRIS IN FOREGROUND FROM BADLY DAMAGED BUILDING DIFFERENT VIEW OF COLLAPSED BRICK WALL BUILDING STRIPPED OF ITS EXTERIOR WITH INSULATION AND FRAMING VISIBLE -- BUILDING'S WALL PREVIOUSLY HAD A WELL KNOWN MURAL ON IT TITLED "One Time in New Orleans" TITLE OF MURAL "One Time in New Orleans" ON SIDE OF DAMAGED WALL PAN OF BRICKS STREWN ALL OVER PARKING LOT TO DAMAGED BUILDING BRICKS AND WINDOW FRAME ON SIDEWALK NEAR DAMAGED BUILDING (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NEW ORLEANS NATIVE KERRY PATRICK GIBSON DESCRIBING CONDITIONS AT THE SHELTER HE STAYED AT OVERNIGHT, SAYING: "It was crowded, but we were all in the chapel watching TV until the power went off, and then we sat there and it was all glass so we could watch out. We could see all the wind blowing and the trees blowing around, but it didn't look that bad. REPORTER (OFF CAMERA) So you've been through many things in your life, right? How would you rate Ida?" GIBSON: "You know (hurricane) Betsy in 1965 and then (hurricane) Katrina in 2005. I was only five for the first one that I remember. But how was it for this one here? Not nowhere near like Katrina, but it could have been if it would have hit here. I think it hit Homer instead, Homer, Louisiana." DAMAGED CAR ON TOP OF DEBRIS DRIVING SHOT THROUGH DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS SHOWING BOARDED
- Embargoed: 13th September 2021 15:44
- Keywords: Ida Katrina Louisiana New Orleans damage hurricane storm
- Location: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,United States,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA001ESH2SZR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Mostly spared by Hurricane Ida, New Orleans residents on Monday (August 30) breathed a sigh of relief that the latest storm was "nowhere near like Katrina."
During Katrina, "we got about two feet of water in here that just stayed for about a week or two. This was just a lot of wind damage and no power," New Orleans resident Stephen Timphony said.
Many in the city remained scarred by the memory of Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005 and caused $125 billion of damage and up to 1,800 deaths, the costliest and most devastating disaster in U.S. history.
At least one person has died and power is out across Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday as officials warned residents against venturing out on roads littered with downed power lines and debris from Ida, which remains a powerful storm.
Virtually no one in the state has electricity and many water systems are also out, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.
Emergency 911 service was also not available in New Orleans in the wake of the powerful Category 4 hurricane that slammed into the state a day earlier.
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in the state, ordering federal assistance to bolster recovery efforts.
Ida crashed ashore as Louisiana was already reeling from a resurgence of COVID-19 infections that has strained the state's healthcare system, with an estimated 2,450 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide, many in intensive care units.
The storm's arrival came 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, one of the most catastrophic and deadly U.S. storms on record, struck the Gulf Coast, and about a year after the last Category 4 hurricane, Laura, battered Louisiana.
(Production: Hussein Waaila, Aleksandra Michalska, Deborah Gembara)
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