After the sun rose and the wind and rain stopped, residents of southeastern Louisiana began inspecting wreckage from Hurricane Ida, which hit the state on Sunday. The Category 4 storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour when it made landfall, causing power outages and widespread flooding. He had killed at least three people on Monday afternoon.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell urged residents who had evacuated not to return to the city until authorities said it was safe to do so.
“Now is not the time to come back to the city of New Orleans,” she said at a press conference Monday afternoon.
The waters passed at least two levees outside the city’s flood reduction system, but those protecting New Orleans held. One of the biggest challenges facing the city today is the widespread loss of electricity, which is expected to take days or more to restore.
The Times photographers were in Louisiana to cover the storm.
Monday August 30
Evacuees took comfort after leaving Jean Lafitte, La. Authorities rescued more than 70 people in Jean Lafitte and surrounding communities.
Homes at Wheel Estates mobile home park in LaPlace, Louisiana were severely flooded.
A resident of Houma, Louisiana, examines the damage to his home after Hurricane Ida.
Children waded through the flood waters at Wheel Estates Mobile Home Park.
Flood waters near St. Pius Church in Marrero, La.
A temporary evacuation shelter in Houma.
A man cleans leaves and branches on a New Orleans street.
Tina LaCaze, 58, watched her husband, James LaCaze, 62, collect belongings from their damaged home in Gray, Louisiana.
Troy Bonvillian portrayed a portrait inside his flooring business in Houma.
Debris lined the street in Houma.
Sunday August 29
Children sheltering in a New Orleans hotel after the city lost power.
Sandbags and plastic window coverings in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Guests peeked out the 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 August 28
People fill sandbags in Gonzales, Louisiana on Saturday in anticipation of the storm.