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Small Louisiana communities bear brunt of Hurricane Ida

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CROWN POINT, La. (AP) — New Orleans largely escaped catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Ida, but nearby communities were not so lucky.

In LaPlace, Ida tore roofs off homes and flooded entire subdivisions. Residents retreated to their second floors or attics and took to social media to plead for boat rescues as the water rose.

In Crown Point, residents said Tuesday the lower portions were still under water.

In Houma, Ida’s winds had stripped the roofs off of businesses, apartment complexes and single-family homes.

In Lafitte, even homes on stilts were flooded and residents had to use boats to navigate the submerged streets and retrieve their belongings.

A million homes and businesses in the dark

Louisiana communities battered by Ida are now dealing with the possibility of weeks without power in the stifling, late-summer heat.

Ida ravaged the region’s power grid, leaving 1 million people and businesses in Louisiana without power.

The entire city of New Orleans is dark and officials say they don’t know when power would return. The New Orleans airport remained closed to commercial flights for a third day.

At least four deaths were blamed on the storm, including two people killed when Ida’s torrential rains washed out a highway in Mississippi and seven vehicles plunged into the 20-foot hole.

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