None of Louisiana's levees failed during Hurricane Ida, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Monday, calling it "good news."
He said specifically the federal levee systems and hurricane risk reduction systems performed "magnificently."
"They were not overtopped. None of them were breached. Even our levee systems that were paid for with state and local funding performed extremely, extremely well," Edwards said.
The governor said the situation in the state would have been much worse if any of those levee systems failed, "having said that, the damage is still catastrophic," he said.
He said the damage from the storm was primarily caused by high winds and some areas saw a lot of rain as well.
"We're going to be dealing with this damage for quite a while and you mentioned the power outage. That is critical for us," Edwards said. Millions of people in Louisiana are still without power.