‘Catastrophic damage’: Teams from Carolinas provide relief to victims of Hurricane Ida

Organizations in the area including Samaritan’s Purse and The Red Cross are helping victims of Hurricane Ida who are dealing with power outages and extensive damage to homes and businesses.

Clay Steelman of North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse, responds to disasters.

“It’s catastrophic damage,” Steelman said.

He is in Houma, Louisiana, which is about one hour outside of New Orleans, which took a direct hit from Ida’s eyewall. The same community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago. In Houma, Steelman said they are trying to get tarps on roofs to protect homes from water damage.

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“There is so much roof damage that it’s hard to get that all completed before the afternoon showers,” Steelman said.

He said that getting resources where they are needed has been difficult.

They were told that power would be out for six to eight weeks. High temperatures including the heat index reached 107 degrees Thursday.

“The gas is two, three-hour-long waits to get gas for the generators,” Steelman said. “So that’s been a real struggle.”

Samaritan’s Purse has three sites in the New Orleans area.

The group also has crews in Haywood County, North Carolina, who are cleaning up after deadly flooding from Hurricane Fred. The Red Cross of Greater Carolinas made an urgent call for more volunteers as they respond to Haywood County and Louisiana.

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(Watch the video below: Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse head to Louisiana to help after Hurricane Ida)