BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Governor John Bel Edwards said search and rescue efforts began on Monday.
Almost the entire southeastern portion of the state is without power at this time, according to Edwards.
Edwards said there are 25,000 linemen working to restore power with several thousand more on the way.
Earlier this afternoon, Edwards along with other state officials met with President Biden about Hurricane Ida.
“I appreciated the president’s time today,” said Edwards.
Over 5,000 National Guard are responding to recovery efforts across the state. Edwards said 191 people and 27 pets have been rescued.
As for hospitals, three have been evacuated since the storm and another is being evacuated tonight.
Edwards tells evacuees to hold off on returning until given the green light. Individuals looking to return should listen to their parish officials.
Edwards urges residents to stay off the roads unless it’s necessary. I-10 is closed in Ascension parish due to debris and blocked portions of I-12 are currently being cleared. Cleanup crews continue to remove fallen trees, power lines and debris.
Federal aid is available to parishes, including: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
Individuals and business owners can apply for financial assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
“There are an awful lot of unknowns right now,” said Edwards. “There are certainly more questions than answers. I can’t tell you when the power is going to be restored, I can’t tell you when all of the debris is going to be cleaned up and repairs made and so forth, but what I can tell you is that we’re going to work hard every single day to deliver as much assistance as we possibly can.”