After the sun came up and the wind and rain stopped, residents in southeastern Louisiana began examining the wreckage of Hurricane Ida, which struck the state on Sunday. The Category 4 storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour when it made landfall, leading to widespread power outages and flooding. It had caused at least three deaths on Monday afternoon.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents who had been evacuated not to return to the city until officials said it was safe to do so.
“This is not the time to re-enter the city of New Orleans,” she said at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The water overflowed at least two levees outside the city’s flood control system, but the banks protecting New Orleans held up. One of the biggest challenges the city now faces is widespread power loss, which is expected to take days to recover, if not longer.
Times photographers were in Louisiana to beat the storm.
Monday Aug 30
Evacuees comforted each other after leaving Jean Lafitte, La. Authorities rescued more than 70 people in Jean Lafitte and surrounding communities.
Homes at the Mobile Home Park Wheel Estates in LaPlace, La., have been heavily flooded.
A resident in Houma, La., surveys the damage to his home after Hurricane Ida.
Kids waded through the water at the Wheel Estates Mobile Home Park.
Flooding near St. Pius Church in Marrero, La.
A temporary evacuation shelter in Houma.
A man clearing leaves and branches on a New Orleans street.
Tina LaCaze, 58, watched as her husband, James LaCaze, 62, collected items from their damaged home in Gray, La.
Troy Bonvillian stood for a portrait in his flooring company in Houma.
Debris lay along the street in Houma.
Sunday 29 Aug.
Children take shelter in a New Orleans hotel after the city’s power outage.
Sandbags and plastic window treatments in Lake Charles, La.
Guests peered out a window of the AC Hotel in New Orleans before Hurricane Ida hit.
An almost empty French Quarter in New Orleans.
Louis Darby Sr. made a last minute gas purchase in New Iberia, La.
Saturday 28 Aug.
People fill sandbags in Gonzales, La., on Saturday in preparation for the storm.