Brusard, Louisiana — Four Nursing Home residents in Louisiana who evacuated before Hurricane Aida have died, state officials said Thursday.
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but three of the dead were classified as storm-related by coroners. Authorities identified the victims as two men, a 59-year-old woman in Jefferson Parish and a 52-year-old in Orleans Parish and a 77-year-old in Terrebonne Parish.
Details were sparse, but officials expressed concern about the facility where the residents of the nursing home were evacuated and said that hundreds of other nursing home residents who were first taken there were subsequently relocated. .. 14 of them required hospitalization.
“We are seriously concerned about the condition of this facility,” state officials said of where nursing home residents were sent before the east coast as shelter from the storm that struck Louisiana. .. Details of the location are not provided.
Governor John Bel Edwards said Thursday night that state and federal authorities would investigate what had happened. “We will do everything we can to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens are properly cared for,” he said. “It definitely didn’t seem to be the case here.”
The deaths of nursing home residents in the Parish of Tangipahoa in northern New Orleans have increased the death toll in the southeastern storm and its aftermath to at least 16 due to carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Robbie Miller, President of the Parish of Tangipahoa.
Hundreds of thousands of residents of Louisiana and Mississippi have four days to clean up storm debris in the dark, with no easy access to the basic necessities of fresh water and food as temperatures rise. As a result of spending money, the number of victims increased.
By Thursday, power had been restored to customers in areas such as Baton Rouge, St. Bernard, and St. Jefferson’s Parish, officials said. However, many remained in power in and around New Orleans. Patience was waning.
New Orleans officials announced Thursday that they are organizing voluntary evacuation options for residents seeking to escape the city. Details of the plan are still underway, but it will allow residents to be taken to state shelters outside the city, said Colin Arnold, New Orleans Director of Homeland Security.
He said the city would prioritize the elderly and disabled and make the options available to the general public.
Throughout Louisiana, hundreds of thousands of customers were still unpowered on Thursday. Among them were nearly 600,000 people served by Entergy. By early afternoon, 30,000 New Orleans electricity customers had regained electricity, said Ramsey Green, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Infrastructure in the city...
Mayor LaToya Cantrell spoke at an afternoon briefing, stating that access to fuel, in addition to electricity, remains a challenge for city dwellers. “We just don’t get enough fuel from the general public,” said Cantrell, adding that “when we get more, we will share more.” ..
In Brusard, Pat Hill and Robin Korabi screamed louder and louder in long lines at a gas station full of brand new gas cans. The compact SUV was packed with supplies to bring back to Laplace Hill’s family.
“If we get the water back, it will make a difference,” Korabi said.
President Biden, who will visit the state on Friday, said flash floods that flooded New York City and weak winds in Louisiana were signs of “extreme storms and climate crises here.” .. Storms and fires that create life-threatening situations across the country constitute “one of the major challenges of our time.”
Local authorities provided a bright evaluation.
“I think the key to what we’re trying to do is bring some progress, and that’s the goal,” said Arnold, director of Homeland Security in New Orleans. “We open new sites and some new services every day.”
“After all this has been done, there are many lessons to be learned,” he added.