As Hurricane Ida develops, the first fatality occurs: a 60-year-old man is killed in his home by a “fallen tree.”
The first casualty happens as Hurricane Ida approaches: a 60-year-old man is killed in his home by a “fallen tree.”
HURRICANE IDA claimed its first victim after a person was crushed by a falling tree.
The storm was declared a “major disaster” by President Biden, allowing government funding to be sent to help with recovery efforts.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death on its Facebook page.
Deputies received reports of a civilian possibly being injured by a fallen tree at a property off of Highway 621 in Prairieville shortly after 8.30 p.m., according to a statement.
“When deputies arrived on the scene, they confirmed the victim’s death.”
The Louisiana Department of Health said, “We sadly can confirm our first storm-related death – a 60-year-old male in Ascension Parish who had a tree fall in his home.”
The category 4 hurricane made landfall at lunchtime on Sunday with gusts of up to 150 miles per hour (mph).
It left a trail of destruction in its aftermath, including a massive power outage in Louisiana.
The outage, which impacted about 600,000 homes, was blamed on a “load imbalance,” according to Energy, the local power company.
According to a White House statement, Joe Biden has instructed federal assistance to “supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas impacted by Hurricane Ida beginning on August 26, 2021, and continuing.”
“Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and house repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property damage, and other programs to assist individuals and business owners in recovering from the disaster,” the statement stated.