© Reuters. Flooded streets are pictured after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, in Kenner, Louisiana, U.S. August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Marco Bello
By Adrees Latif
HOUMA, La. (Reuters) – “Proper now, I’ve obtained nothing.”
Sitting on his entrance porch, 70-year-old Theophilus Charles was nonetheless visibly in shock as he described Sunday night time when Ida, probably the most highly effective hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, ripped by way of Louisiana and destroyed his house.
“I ain’t obtained a dry spot in the home,” he mentioned, choking up. “My roof fell, I misplaced all my garments, my furnishings, my home equipment, the whole lot.”
“I used to be born right here. We went by way of all the most important hurricanes right here. So I determine, I am going to keep right here and journey this one out,” Charles advised Reuters on Monday. Mendacity within the entrance room, he noticed the roof blow off and felt the entire home shaking. He hopes by no means to should endure one other hurricane once more.
A minimum of one individual was killed in Louisiana and extra fatalities had been anticipated, Governor John Bel Edwards advised reporters as Ida grinded north as a tropical storm.
Just about nobody in Louisiana has electrical energy and plenty of water programs are additionally out, Edwards mentioned. Power firm Entergy Corp (NYSE:) mentioned clients within the hardest-hit areas might expertise energy outages for weeks.
Ida arrived 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina, probably the most catastrophic and lethal U.S. storms on document, struck the Gulf Coast, and a few 12 months after the final Class 4 hurricane, Laura, battered Louisiana.
President Joe Biden declared a serious catastrophe within the state, ordering federal help to bolster restoration efforts.
“I need assistance,” mentioned Charles, standing within the debris-strewn smash of his house, daylight streaming by way of holes within the ceiling and the facet of the home the place a wall was blown away by the storm.
“If anybody on the market might help me, please do. As a result of I ain’t obtained nowhere and I misplaced the whole lot that I had. And there is nothing I can do with this. … You possibly can’t merely restore this.”
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