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Hurricane Ida brought major damage to our southeast neighbors which is causing evacuees to rush home to discover what was lost.

Posted: Aug 31, 2021 3:44 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA -- Hurricane Ida brought major damage to our southeast neighbors which is causing evacuees to rush home to discover what was lost.

“It's crazy! A 5 and a half hour drive from Houston from New Orleans took me 17 hours.” Daniel Skehan Said.

Evacuees from New Orleans are trying to make it home to access their damages after hurricane Ida but traveling right now seems to be impossible.

“Once we crossed into Texas, amazingly we found a gas station with no lines. I guess everyone else had got off from the other ones, but they were packed. The lines were to the gas stations all the way out into the interstate.” Daniel Skehan Said.

Preparation for hurricane Ida was like no other , with many filled up their tanks. This left gas stations to run out of gas in the area.

“It's crazy because when you are an uber driver or a lift driver you do rideshare or whatever. it's really crazy.” Jeremiah Shalom Adino said.

Local officials are urging evacuees to avoid going back home, even though Louisiana highways are opened. 

“What people need to understand is that you are going back to no electricity. No fuel , no food at coinvent stores, and things like that. There is also no communication in a lot of the areas.” Thomas Gossen said.

State police trooper Thomas Gossen adds that if you absolutely have to travel right now. You can go to the dotd website and louisiana 511 app to see up to date roadway closures , openings, and conditions.

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