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A flash flood watch was issued for New Orleans effective until Monday night, while Louisiana remains in the process of recovery after the devastating passage of Hurricane Ida.
Some regions in southern Louisiana are expected to see two to four inches of rain, posing a threat to neighborhoods still clearing debris. in what was one of the strongest tropical storms in recent years.
A flash flood watch was issued for New Orleans through Monday night, as Louisiana continues its road to recovery after the disastrous landing of Hurricane Ida.
NOLAReady: Flash flood watch in effect in NOLA until 9pm today. Storm-related debris could block drains. Stay weather aware. Neutral ground parking allowed.
— NOLA Ready (@nolaready) September 6, 2021
Despite being one of the worst climatic catastrophes that the city has experienced in recent years, the number of fatalities reported by the fierce passage of the natural phenomenon is 11, much lower than that reported with Katrina 16 years ago (1833).
However, the consequences in terms of electricity service have affected almost a million people who have been left without electricity, with 13 inches of rain in some communities.
According to the local utility Entergy, Ida destroyed or damaged more than 14,000 positions, 2,223 transformers and 155 transmission structures, As a result, half a million customers are without power more than a week after the hurricane, Power Outage reported.
Climate change taking effect in devastated areas
The ravages of the storm surge have also affected the climate, with a state that presents warm and humid conditions and reached temperatures that reach up to 90 degrees, as well as humidity that could leave a thermal sensation that the 95 or 100 degrees.
In some regions, water is also scarce and other houses have suffered different structural damage. Power lines and trees in southern Louisiana were known to be uprooted by 172 mph winds that reached the hurricane.
Although this flash flood may represent an obstacle to the recovery of the areas, the storm coming from the Gulf of Mexico is not expected to become a tropical cyclone; however, residents have been warned to be on the alert.
For his part, National Weather Service (NWS) He warned city residents to move to higher areas and to be alert at night in the event of a possible danger from flooding, while urging not to drive into flooded areas.
Heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour in isolated spots will be a concern this afternoon into this evening. Soils are saturated, so any rain will quickly run off. Debris could also block drains, and this could result in street flooding issues. #lawx #mswx https://t.co/1iyLMLOJTt
– NWS New Orleans (@NWSNewOrleans) September 6, 2021
Joe Biden was in charge of visiting the affected areas last Friday, linking the floods in Ida with the climate change that is being experienced on the planet and that has increased natural disasters. “We have already crossed certain thresholds. We cannot rebuild a road, highway, bridge, or anything else as it was before. I mean that what is needed now has to be rebuilt “, he stated.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.