Before and after, satellite images have revealed the extent of damage and flooding that Hurricane Ida left in Louisiana in its wake.
With winds of 240 miles per hour, Ida was the fifth strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in the US as it passed through the south on Sunday evening.
The Category 4 storm caused an estimated $80 billion in damage and raised fears of a national fuel shortage after gas refineries were forced to suspend operations.
The storm — now downgraded to a tropical depression — is now slowly moving northeast, causing flooding from Tennessee to New York.
But in its wake, the people of Louisiana must endure the devastation amid a blistering aftermath.
The before and after images show that entire neighborhoods were still under water on Tuesday, nearly two days after the storm made landfall in the area.
Jean Lafitte (pictured) was also under water, it is located just south of New Orleans next to Lake Salvador
With winds of 250 miles per hour when it made landfall, Ida tore apart a number of buildings, like the one pictured in LaPlace
Before (left) and after (right) satellite images of the flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana showed entire neighborhoods still under water, such as Barataria (pictured), Tuesday
Satellite images taken on Tuesday, nearly two days after Ida landed, show that the water in Lafitte and Barataria has not yet receded.
Tuesday in Houma a whole row of houses can be seen destroyed by the wind
One set depicted Jean Lafitte, bordering inland with a number of rivers that could be seen overflowing.
The floodwaters lingered.
In others, such as sets depicting the neighborhood of Houma and LaPlace, high winds destroyed with rows of houses being knocked down and buildings with torn roofs.
More than 1.1 million homes and businesses are without power after the storm and at least five people have been killed.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, affecting more than 2 million people who could experience heat indexes as high as 105 degrees.
Officials have said it could take weeks to restore power.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us and no one has the illusion that this will be a short trial,” Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said.
New Orleans officials announced seven places in the city where people could get a meal and sit in air conditioning.
The city also used 70 transit buses as refrigerated locations and will have drive-thru distribution locations for food, water and ice on Wednesday, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said.
Edwards said state officials were also setting up distribution sites in other areas.
Recovery efforts have just begun in Louisiana after the storm swept through the state, and officials have asked residents who have been evacuated to stay away for now.
Houses destroyed on Grand Isle. It is estimated that half of the approximately 1,400 properties on the island were destroyed by the hurricane
More homes destroyed on Grand Isle, where the water hadn’t subsided as of Tuesday
Cantrell ordered a curfew on Tuesday, calling it a crime prevention effort after Hurricane Ida devastated the electricity system, leaving the city in darkness.
Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said there had been some arrests for theft.
The mayor also said she expects major energy company Entergy to provide some electricity to the city on Wednesday evening, but emphasized that this does not mean the city needs to recover quickly.
Entergy was looking at two options to “start feeding critical infrastructure in the area, such as hospitals, nursing homes and first responders,” the company said in a press release.
Cantrell acknowledged frustration over the next few days.
“We know it’s hot. We know we have no power and that remains a priority,” she said at a news conference.
Flood and wind damage was widespread in southeast Louisiana (pictured) where Ida made landfall Sunday night
The wind tore some homes apart, like this one on Grand Isle, one of the hardest hit areas in the state
There was damage to the moorings in Port Fouchon. The actual extent of the damage was still assessed on Tuesday
Homes remained flooded in LaPlace, which borders Lake Ponchartarain
It is estimated that more than 25,000 utilities worked to restore the electricity, but officials said it could take weeks.
With water treatment plants inundated by floods or paralyzed by power outages, some places also faced a shortage of drinking water.
About 441,000 people in 17 parishes had no water, and a further 319,000 received advice about boiling water, federal officials said.
The death toll included two people killed Monday night when seven vehicles plunged into a 20-foot-deep hole near Lucedale, Mississippi, where a highway had collapsed after torrential rain.
Among the victims of the crash was Kent Brown, a “beloved” 49-year-old father of two, his brother Keith Brown said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
Some buildings were completely destroyed by the wind, like this one photo in Des Allemands, just southwest of New Orleans
More houses seen destroyed on Grand Isle. Police Chief Scooter Resweber said he was “surprised that no one was killed or even seriously injured.”
A resident was at his home in Ponchatoula on Tuesday, the storm made landfall with 150 mph winds
Keith Brown said his brother was in construction but had been out of work for a while.
He did not know where his brother was going when the accident happened.
Edwards said he expects the death toll to rise.
In Slidell, crews searched for a 71-year-old man who was attacked by an alligator that tore his arm off while walking through the floodwaters of Ida.
His wife pulled him to the steps of the house and paddled away to get help, but when she returned, he was gone, authorities said.
On Grand Isle, the barrier island that bore the full force of Ida’s winds, Police Chief Scooter Resweber said he was “astonished that no one was killed or even seriously injured.”
At a station in New Orleans, where the entire city is still without power, residents could be seen queuing to refuel
About half of the island’s properties of about 1,400 people were badly damaged or destroyed, and the main road was almost completely covered in sand brought in by the tidal wave.
“I’ve ridden other hurricanes: Hurricane Isaac, Katrina, Gustav, Ike. … This is the worst,’ Resweber said.
In New Orleans, drivers queued about a quarter of a mile to get into a Costco, one of the few places in the city with gas.
At other gas stations, motorists would occasionally stop at the pumps, saw the handles covered in plastic bags, and drove off.