Hurricane Ida Closes Roads; DOT Scrambles to Reopen Them

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is removing downed trees and power lines and clearing debris from blocked roads throughout the southeastern section of the state in the wake of Hurricane Ida.

Hurricane Ida clearing debris I-10
Louisiana DOTD crews clear I-10 near the Sorrento exit following Hurricane Ida.Louisiana Department of Transportation & DevelopmentThe storm made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on August 29 as a Category 4 hurricane and has led to closing 152 roads in the state, including sections of Interstate 10, according to the LDOTD’s road closure map on August 30.

“We are clearing paths but lots of trees and lines,” the agency tweeted.

Hurricane Ida flooding I-10 Louisiana
Floodwaters cover I-10 at exit 209 in Laplace, Louisiana.Louisiana Department of Transportation & DevelopmentAs of August 30, the agency reported that driving conditions were still dangerous, and many roads were flooded. The DOT urged people to stay off the roads so they can keep them clear for emergency responders.

St. Bernard Parish is among the hardest-hit areas. The local government posted this security camera video on its Facebook page to show how quickly water rose in one hour at Fire Station 12 in Delacroix:

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