Drone footage captured the utter devastation left by Hurricane Ida in the parish of Lafourche, just south of New Orleans, where evacuated residents were told they could return on Tuesday, officials said.
They will have to present proof of residence to pass the checkpoints from noon CDT and will then have to obey a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., announced the parish of Lafourche.
While residents are being reintroduced, they may want to approach with caution.
“Please know that there is no access to drinking water from Raceland to the South Lafourche region,” the parish warned in a statement.
“There is no electricity in the parish, and it will not be restored for some time. Almost all communication is cut, including cell phone service throughout the parish. Your house can be badly damaged. and uninhabitable. We don’t have access to food at this time due to the amount of damage to the stores, so please bring all the supplies you need to support yourself while you’re here. “
Returning residents might not recognize the homes and businesses they left before Ida roared through their community on Sunday.
Drone footage showed trees broken like twigs, power poles bent at severe angles, blown freeways, submerged cars and even a motorboat in the middle of the road.
And even some commercial structures – with roofs and support beams still standing – have seen their interiors completely ravaged by the storm.
Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane early Sunday afternoon with winds of 150 mph. More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana went without power for a second day on Tuesday.
Bianca Britton contributed.