life in New Orleans, Louisiana after Hurricane Ida

Five days into the aftermath of Hurricane Ida it was 94 degrees in New Orleans. However, the high humidity makes the temperature feel like 104 degrees in the shade. It’s not easy living in New Orleans after Hurricane Ida rocked Louisiana. Although it is hot, I thank God for sparing my life.

My wife and I rode out the storm in our home in the Lower Ninth Ward. We thank God that we have no injuries. Our biggest concern after the storm is electricity which we badly need to cope with this unbearable heat. However, our neighbors in surrounding parishes were not as fortunate. They have quite a different story to tell. That’s because the residents of Grand Isle, Lafitte, LaPlace, and Houma endured the full force of Ida’s destructive winds and rain.

The people of New Orleans and Louisiana are resilient. We are confident that God is merciful and He will give us the grace to rebuild our beloved city and our state.

No one expected Hurricane Ida to intensify so rapidly. Although Hurricane Ida dealt a horrible blow to Louisiana, we should not compare Hurricane Ida to Hurricane Katrina. Ida was by far more destructive than any storm that I have ever seen, and at age 69, I have seen quite a few storms. The storm intensified and changed course so fast there was little time to establish an evacuation plan. Therefore, residents in the path of Hurricane Ida only had 48-hours notice to evacuate. Whereas, with Hurricane Katrina, we had a week’s notice.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced that there was not enough time to order a mandatory evacuation for New Orleans. Instead, she issued a voluntary evacuation. Residents with the resources to evacuate did so immediately. Everyone else prepared to hunker down for the storm.


Louisiana traffic leaving New Orleans during Hurricane Ida evacuation
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Effectively evacuating a city the size of New Orleans is not as easy as it sounds. To do so requires a lot of planning. We overcome this problem In New Orleans with Contraflow. Contraflow is when state and local authorities authorize the use of some traffic lanes for travel in the opposite direction. For example, to the west of New Orleans city limits, Interstate 10 has two westbound and two eastbound lanes. When contraflow is in effect, all traffic will travel west, allowing more traffic to quickly move away from the path of the storm.

Path of Hurricane Ida

Hurricanes spin counterclockwise. After making landfall they usually travel on a northeasterly course. New Orleans residents must travel north or west to escape a hurricane. Interstate 10 runs east to west. It is the quickest and safest escape route for the people of New Orleans. However, it takes time to initiate contraflow. With Hurricane Ida, state and local authorities did not have sufficient time to coordinate safe traffic flow.

When evacuating for a storm, the one thing you don’t want to do is sit in a parking lot. Without contraflow, highways would become congested and traffic would come to a complete stop. Residents seeking safety would be like sitting ducks in the wind. They would be at the mercy of the approaching storm.

Why This Storm Was Unlike Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane, with winds of 150 mph. Ida was much smaller in size. Hurricane-force winds stretched only 45 miles from Ida’s center.

In the Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Katrina was a Category 5 storm. However, it was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall near Buras, Louisiana. Katrina’s maximum sustained winds were about 125 mph near the center. While Katrina was a larger storm, Ida was more powerful.

Hurricane Katrina was responsible for the flooding in New Orleans, however, the city did not flood until the following morning after the storm. A barge broke through the levee in New Orleans just four blocks from where I currently live. Water from the breach flowed through the city’s drainage causing widespread flooding.

New Orleans CBD after Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans CBD after Hurricane Katrina Williams
Poydras Street, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina Williams

Unlike Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida’s winds were far more destructive. When Ida entered the Gulf of Mexico the water was warmer in the deepest regions of the Gulf. This warmer water was literally fuel for the storm.

Louisiana’s Hardest Hit Areas in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Grand Isle

Grand Isle, Louisiana is located in Jefferson Parish. It is Louisiana’s last remaining inhabited barrier island, located at the southern tip of the state. The Island is largely known for its beaches and fishing. However, Grand Isle was devastated by Hurricane Ida’s winds, rain, and storm surge. Virtually every structure on the island sustained damage. The island was deemed uninhabitable by Jefferson Parish officials.

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Grand Isle, Louisiana after Hurricane Ida
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The levees were overtopped by rapidly rising water in Lafitte due to the storm surge caused by Hurricane Ida. Lafitte is located on Louisiana’s Bayou Barataria in Jefferson Parish. The town lies outside of the Jefferson Parish levee system. Up to 200 people were left stranded after a barge took out the swing bridge to the island.

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I have friends and family residing in LaPlace. It breaks my heart to know they are in dire need of life’s essentials. Not only are they cut off from the rest of the world, but there are also flooded streets, downed power lines, and uprooted trees. All of these things are hindering recovery efforts. They do not have food, water, or functioning sewerage. Without gasoline for generators, they are unable to cool down in this sweltering heat. Also, the roofs of many houses have been destroyed, exposing them to the elements. LaPlace residents are surviving on hope.

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Houma is the largest city in Terrebonne Parish. Known for Cajun food and music, charter boat fishing, swamps, and dance halls, Houma was hit hard by Hurricane Ida. Nevertheless, Houma’s residents remain hopeful as they clean up after the storm.

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Pray for Louisiana Residents in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

The Bible reminds us that we should “pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

Have faith in God pray for Hurricane Ida victims

That is why I am asking you to join me in praying for my neighbors in Louisiana who were affected by Hurricane Ida. One of the ingredients in the recipe for faith is confidence. Faith is not just about believing; it is also about having confidence in God. “For this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

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Recovery from Heroin
Heroin is an opioid drug made from Morphine. It belongs to the category of opium related painkillers. It looks like a white or brown powder, or a sticky black tar. Many people smoke or snort heroin, while some inject it into their veins. The number of people who use heroin has steadily risen over the years.
Why do people use heroin?
Some people take it as a means of reducing pain.
Some people take it in order to deal with anxiety, worries and other stressors.
Those who become dependent on or misuse these drugs may start looking for a stronger, cheaper, higher one.
Heroin is dangerous. Research showed that overdose death rate rose and some of these deaths happen because heroin is laced with other drugs such as this painkiller: “Fentanyl” No matter how you take it, whether by injection, snorting or smoking, heroin gets to your brain quickly and it’s also easy ever addicted. After using heroin just one or two times, it can be hard to stop yourself from using again.
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You see, the moment you take heroin, you get this ecstasy; this rush of happiness or good feelings just in a rush. Then after that rush of good feelings, you thinking and walking rate becomes slow; at times you feel like you are in a dream.
How does Heroin affect you?
It blocks your body from getting pain messages and slows your heart rate and breathing.
Overdosing leads to death.
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Taking Heroin results in:
Dryness of the mouth.
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Collapsed veins
Upset stomach
Itchy brain
Heart valves infection
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Kidney disease
Mental disorders
Lung diseases
Menstruation problems
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Have you ever tried withdrawing from Heroin on your own by personal struggles to stay sober?
If you try to stay sober from Heroin, you are likely to see these signs:
Severe muscle and bone pain
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“Can I ever be free from Heroin? I want to be free”
Is this your heart’s cry? Does it really break your heart that you found yourself trapped by Heroin and you just can’t find freedom? I announce to you that you can be free! Sounds quite amazing? Yes, you can be free! Jesus paid the price for your complete dominion over Heroin. He has the power to break the chains of this addiction.
Think about the effects of being addicted to heroin. For how long will you struggle on your own, depending on yourself? Your life is so beautiful and your future is so bright, you must not allow Heroin destroy you. Your destiny is so promising and should not be truncated by Heroin. Your soul is so precious and should not be wasted by addiction to Heroin.
Dear reader, you’ve been fighting on your own to set yourself free, but the more you struggle, the more it threatens your life, future, family, health, present and eternal destiny; it even threatens the reality of living a beautiful life. Think about this!
Now, I know a Deliverer who has the power to liberate you and make you escape the snare of addiction. His name is Jesus! The Bible says, “Surely, he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4,5)
He did that just for you!
Do you know that He is the Mediator between you and God. Despite the fact that sin, and this addiction has separated you from the One who loves you, Jesus is the Mediator. God sent Him to pay the price of Mankind’s redemption; and yes, to redeem you from sinful nature of humans and Heroin which seem stronger than you are.
You need to repent and get reconciled with God. He is a holy God; and He loves you. But you can’t access Him based on religion, depraved merits and others. That is why He sent His Sib, Jesus who is The Way. Jesus says: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)
So, you need to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins in order to make right with God. Surrender to Jesus and welcome Him into your heart as Your Personal Lord and Saviour. He will liberate you from the chains of sin and Heroin.
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By Eric Dunbar

Once addicted to crack cocaine, my story is not unique but inspiring. I have been a professor of faith for most of my life. Before you inquire about my credentials, let me explain. I don’t mean professor as in “teacher” but professor as in “squatter.” For most of my life, I have been trying to occupy what I had never fully possessed, namely, faith. You see, my trust was in God long before I used drugs. To this day, I cannot tell you what happened to cause me to be addicted; it just happened. After a lifetime of serving God, somehow, I became a crack cocaine addict. I grew up in the church. I was born with talent. I started playing the organ for local churches at the age of eight years. I cultivated strong confidence in God early in life. From the time I was five until I was eighteen years old, I can’t remember ever missing a church service. I started playing keyboards in a popular R&B band at the age of nineteen years old. Midlife When you’re young, life is all about having fun, and I was indeed having a lot of fun. Playing in an R&B band exposed me to the rigors of nightlife, leading me to deviate from the church. I started experimenting with all kinds of drugs. At first, it was marijuana, then pills, and soon, I was using cocaine. All the while, I still attended church, although not as often. When I was married, my infrequent music revenue was inadequate to raise a family. So I left the band and found a job. I have always had confidence in God, but I didn’t know how to implement my faith. When my first child was born, I renewed my faith and got heavily involved in the church. A few years later, my pastor inspired me to begin a cell ministry in my home, where I faithfully worshipped God and held Bible studies every Tuesday. About seven years into my marriage, I slipped back into drug use. This time cocaine was my choice drug. Soon after, I learned to cook cocaine, converting it into a rocky substance called crack. That was the beginning of a life of trouble. I had become a slave to the drug; crack cocaine was now my master. Confident Expectation My wife threatened to leave if I didn’t control my addiction. Nevertheless, I remained confident that God would deliver me. But my wife insisted that I seek help. I wanted to save my marriage, so I enrolled in the Narcotics Anonymous Twelve Step Program. I completed the required thirty-day classes, and I went home drug-free. Fifteen days later, I was once again smoking crack. My crack smoking eventually led to my wife divorcing me. I lost my family, possessions, and everything dear to me. Life had become challenging, and I was near depression. My parents taught me that faith believes, so I understood the principle of faith. I had faith that God would liberate me, so I continued to pray that God would soon rescue me from this evil that had come upon me. One day I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on this scripture: “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). “I don’t go to church anymore,” I said to myself, so how can I hear the word of God? Then I thought to read the word aloud to myself. The Bible was now my best friend. I read the word to myself. The word of God came out of my mouth and went back into my ears. Alas, I was hearing the word of God. I still craved crack cocaine and got high whenever the opportunity presented itself. But for the next two years, I mostly stayed to myself, reading the Bible aloud, quoting scriptures, and praying. Believing Faith Speaks After two years of practically being alone with God, my craving for crack cocaine was gone. My confidence in God rewarded me with freedom. I learned that believing faith speaks. No longer did I profess faith, but I now possessed it. Faith is having confidence in the things we hope for. Although they are not visible to our physical eyes, we believe that God is working our hope into physical existence. It is the bridge linking us to the spiritual realm and makes God a touchable reality. When we trust God, it guarantees that God’s promises and Biblical revelations are true. We cannot detect these revelations and promises of the word of God with our physical senses. However, by trusting God, we have the confidence that our expectation will come to pass. Faith is the quintessence that the things we hope for become so concrete that even belief itself becomes a definitive reality of those things that are not yet visible. Your faith becomes so tangible that you believe you possess those things in the spiritual realm.

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