Louisiana deals with Tropical Storm Nicholas, while still recovering from Hurricane Ida

Almost 600,000 residents applied for disaster relief after Ida

By: - September 13, 2021 6:00 pm

Gov. John Bel Edwards says the Louisiana National Guard has been deployed ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas on Sept. 13, 2021. (Photo by Rachel Mipro/Louisiana Illuminator)

Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced precautions are in place, including stationing the National Guard with 80 high water vehicles and 23 boats. The storm is expected to hit the Texas coast directly, but could dump life-threatening rain across southwestern Louisiana. 

Currently, flash flooding seems to be the biggest danger the tropical storm poses, with 6-10 inches expected along portions of southern Louisiana. Tornado threats are most likely Wednesday and Thursday, and with most areas just recovering power after Hurricane Ida, there’s some concern that restoration efforts will be slowed down.

“One of the things we have to guard against is dismissing the threat of this storm because it is not projected currently to reach hurricane strength before it makes landfall,” Edwards said Monday.  

More than 119,000 Louisianians are still without power after Hurricane Ida made landfall Aug. 29. The hurricane caused 28 deaths, including 12 deaths caused by heat issues and six caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Across the state, there have been more than 277,000 applications for disaster assistance approved in the wake of the hurricane, with total registration for disaster assistance approaching 600,000. 

Many families have been displaced, with 10,406 households currently using the transitional housing assistance program, living in hotels. There are still 1,425 people in 18 shelters across the state who had to evacuate from Hurricane Ida. Edwards said the same resources are ready to be used for the upcoming storm. 

“Our shelters are open and they’re ready if necessary to be used for individuals who might have to relocate because of Tropical Storm Nicholas,” Edwards said.

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.