Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Hurricane Ida left behind "catastrophic" damage and the focus of state officials is conducting search and rescue efforts throughout the impacted areas of the state.
"We are still in a life-saving mode here, doing search and rescue. The roads, the highways into the most affected area were completely clogged with debris, downed power lines, trees," Edwards said.
The governor said officials are "making really good progress" since starting ground search and rescue operations this morning at daylight.
"We dispatched those forces, and by the way, we already had search and rescue teams from 16 states in Louisiana as of yesterday," he said.