Cellular network AT&T has reported major network outages in parts of southern Louisiana, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The network said that Louisiana is operating at 60% of normal capacity due to power outages from Hurricane Ida.
Cynthia Lee, the president of Jefferson Parish, said during a meeting with the White House and other local leaders that she has not been able to get in contact with Grand Isle, a coastal town south of New Orleans. Jefferson Parish sheriff Joe Lopinto said that a helicopter crew has been able to make visual contact with rescue crews on Grand Isle, who gave a thumbs up to the helicopter from the ground.
Dramatic video footage showed the severe flooding and damage seen on Grand Isle, which has a population of about 700.