Hurricane Ida: First death as storm intensifies – man, 60, killed by ‘fallen tree’ in home

Hurricane Ida batters Louisiana as it makes landfall across US

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It comes as President Biden declared the storm a “Major Disaster”, thereby allowing Federal aid to be sent to help the recovery efforts.

The death was confirmed by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office on it Facebook page.

In a statement, it said: “Shortly after 8.30pm deputies received reports of a citizen possibly injured from a fallen tree at a residence off of Highway 621 in Prairieville.

“Deputies arrived on scene and confirmed that the victim is now deceased.”

The Louisiana Department of Health said: “We sadly can confirm our first storm-related death – 60-year-old male in Ascension Parish who had a tree fall in his home.”

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The category 4 hurricane made landfall at around noon on Sunday, with winds reaching 150 miles per hour (mph).

It left a wake of destruction in its path, causing a major power outage in Louisiana.

Around 600,000 properties were left without electricity, with local power company Energy blaming a “load imbalance”.

A White House statement said that Joe Biden had ordered Federal aid to “supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ida beginning on August 26, 2021, and continuing.”

It added: “Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”