Race for Recovery: Restoration Following Hurricane Ida’s Destruction


After making landfall just before noon, August the 29th, Louisiana has been struggling with the destructive path left by Hurricane Ida. Two deaths have already been confirmed from Hurricane Ida. Left with the aftermath of this storm, Louisiana now is rebuilding. 

Currently the main focus is clearing large debris such as powerlines, trees, and rubble from the roads to rebuild the transportation infrastructure. Flooding is also another concern, with water rising above 2 feet in many areas of New Orleans. Although this flooding may sound bad, it was much worse 16 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. Entire houses neared submersion during Hurricane Katrina. The defining difference between preparation for Hurricane Ida and Katrina was that following the devastation of Katrina, a massive $14.5 billion levee was constructed. A levee is an artificial, wall-like embankment built to hold water from overflowing. The Louisiana levee is one of the largest public works projects on the planet. 

Electricity is a core part of modern day society. From food, to heating, to communication, electricity provides safety and is essential to almost everyone. Following Hurricane Ida, a majority of the southeast of Louisiana, nearly 1 million people, are left without any access to electricity. Life without electricity does not just mean life with no electric cooking nor heat: it also means no clean water. Without electricity, water plants cannot properly process and purify water, leaving Louisiana with no running water. To remedy this outage, workers are clearing up all fallen power lines out of the streets and have begun reconstructing them. Rebuilding an entire state electrical system takes time, and many parts of Louisiana will remain without electricity for the coming weeks, possibly months.

While Louisiana and bordering states were hit the hardest in Hurricane Ida’s path, states all across the eastern half of the country have felt the effects of hurricane Ida. Here in Georgia, we have had numerous environmental effects brought on by Hurricane Ida. Storms and colder weather have been brought our way by Hurricane Ida. These effects won’t be detrimental to anyone’s health, but storms and cold weather are not much to look forward to.

In conclusion, Hurricane Ida has left a devastating trail in its path, but the damage is not done yet. All across the northeast there has been flooding: both Philadelphia and New York have been overcome with flooding due to climate change. These environmental changes make these atypical events much more common in the region. Louisiana must now rebuild following the damage brought on by Hurricane Ida.