The Rev. G. Amaldoss had hoped to attend Mass at St. Joachim Catholic Church, Jefferson Parish. The parking lot was littered with fallen limbs. The sanctuary was lit up when he opened the doors to the church on Sunday morning. This made it possible to hold an indoor service.
Amaldoss uttered, "Divine intervention," while he pressed his hands together and looked up at the sky.
Amaldoss, dressed in a green robe, walked down the aisle to Mass, leaving only eight people scattered among the pews. Instead, the seats were stuffed with donated toothpaste, shampoo, and canned vegetables.
He said, "For all those whose lives have been saved and for all the lost people, we pray to them." Remember the brothers and sister driven by wind and water.
The floodgates that saved the church were visible through the wall of windows located behind the altar. The Gospel was read, telling the story of Jesus giving sight to the blind man. Stories of miracles were also repeated throughout the small church.
Wynonia Lazaro expressed gratitude for the newly restored power at her home. The only casualties of Ida's actions were some downed trees, and loosening shingles.
She said, "We are extremely fortunate."
In Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, Hurricane Ida was responsible for at least 16 deaths. In the Northeast, Ida's remnants dumped record-breaking rain and killed at least 50 people from Virginia to Connecticut.
Some parishioners of St. Joachim suffered complete losses or severe damage to their homes while others barely survived. Gina Caulfield (a 64-year old retired teacher) has been moving from relative to relative since her cousin's trailer was destroyed. She bowed her head in gratitude for having survived the storm.
She said, "It's a comfort knowing that people are praying for us."
Amaldoss stated that he was certain his congregants would rebuild the lives of their families.
He said, "People's ability of coming back is amazing, which makes me happy." "This demonstrates the humanity and love of people.
Many continue to struggle with food, water, and gas shortages a week after Ida struck.
Winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) battered some parishes in the suburbs of New Orleans. According to Phillip May, Entergy President and CEO, it could take several months to restore electricity to these southeastern parishes.
Ida destroyed or damaged more than 22,000 power poles, more that hurricanes Katrina and Zeta combined. This is a May impact May calls "staggering." Nearly 5200 transformers were lost and 26,000 wire spans (the length of transmission wire between poles) were down.
According to the state Public Service Commission, more than 630,000 homes or businesses were without power in southeast Louisiana on Sunday. 902,000 customers lost power at the peak.
Louisiana's 12 storm-related deaths included five nursing home residents evacuated ahead of the hurricane along with hundreds of other seniors to a warehouse in Louisiana, where health officials said conditions became unsafe.
Saturday night, Dr. Joseph Kanter, the State Health Officer, ordered the immediate closing of seven nursing facilities that had sent residents to Tangipahoa Parish's warehouse facility.
"The disregard for the well-being of vulnerable residents is a violation of human dignity." Kanter stated that we have lost faith in nursing homes' ability to provide sufficient care for their residents.
State officials continued to monitor a system of disturbed conditions in Mexico's Bay of Campeche as recovery efforts progressed. It appeared to be moving closer to Louisiana in the central Gulf of Mexico.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Governor, said Saturday that the state was planning an exercise to evaluate its emergency response in case of need. Although no hurricane-force forecasts have been made, Edwards said that the state is ready to exercise its emergency response in case of a storm.