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  • Four nursing home residents died after evacuating to a facility with concerning conditions the Department of Health said.
  • 10 deaths have been attributed to the storm in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Some power was restored in neighborhoods in New Orleans, but the majority of the area remained without it.
  • Firefighters battled homes on fire by boat in Barataria. The area is cut off by land because its bridge was taken out.
  • The Coast Guard responded to a ship stuck at sea that was damaged by the hurricane and needed repairs.

The humanitarian toll is worsening in the wake of Hurricane Ida as tens of thousands deal with limited supplies and the ramifications of days without power in the sweltering heat.

Four nursing home residents that were evacuated to a different facility in Tangipahoa Parish died in concerning conditions at the facility after the hurricane, the Louisiana Department of Health announced. It’s unclear what exactly caused the deaths, but three are being characterized as “storm-related.”

“We have significant concerns about conditions in this facility,” the LDH said in a press release.

More than 700 people have already been evacuated from the facility in question and the Department of Health said that they were working to rescue all 843 there. Twelve of those rescued needed hospitalization.

The facility has not yet been identified, but health inspectors were denied entry after visiting the facility on Tuesday after hearing reports of “deteriorating conditions.” An investigation is ongoing.

Tangipahoa Parish is a little more than 25 miles northwest of New Orleans and was walloped by Ida’s winds. More than 90 percent of the parish still didn’t have power as of Thursday morning.

One person died in St. John the Baptist Parish after running their generator improperly. Dozens of others have been hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning after running their generators inside or too close to the indoors.

All told, six people in Louisiana, two people in Mississippi and two utility workers in Alabama have died directly or indirectly from the storm.

More than two dozen people were killed by flooding and severe weather spawned by the remnants of Ida in the Northeast.

Here are our running updates from Thursday:

Latest Power Restoration Numbers

Entergy said that it had restored power to 103,000 homes and businesses in Louisiana, including 27,000 in parts of New Orleans, and expected to restore power in all of Mississippi by the end of the day.

Most of the restoration in Louisiana had come in areas farther west of where Ida did its worst damage, like in Baton Rouge. Entergy was unable to provide a more holistic look at when power would be able to be restored in greater numbers because it was still trying to access the hardest-hit areas to assess the damage to its infrastructure.

Only 58% of the power company’s infrastructure has been assessed so far. That includes 5,850 power poles and 1,400 transformers that had been damaged or destroyed. Nearly 1,500 miles of transmission lines still don’t work.

One Person Killed by Generator

A man was found dead in St. John the Baptist Parrish in a generator accident, officials announced Thursday.

Sheriff’s officials said he had the generator outside of his window, but the fumes apparently seeped into his bedroom while he was asleep.

“I’m asking residents to follow all safety precautions when it comes to emergency generators. A lot of deaths happen because of generators,” St. John the Baptist Sheriff Michael Tregre said.

Always run your generators well away from your house to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Seven people have now been killed by Ida across the South.

Fire Burns Homes on Barataria

Several homes burned on Barataria early Thursday, forcing firefighters to battle the blaze by boat because the area is cut off by land after Ida wiped out the only bridge to the area.

The fire has since been extinguished, NOLA.com reported. It’s unclear what started the fire.

Coast Guard Responds to Ship Damaged by Ida

The U.S. Coast Guard flew crews out to the Noble Globetrotter II, a deepwater drillship that was not evacuated ahead of Ida and was damaged by the storm some 80 miles south of Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico. More than 100 people rode out the storm on the ship.

The Coast Guard said that the ship “was not in distress and not actively taking on water” but they were working on figuring out how to bring the ship in for repairs.

Video taken by crewmembers shows water gushing into the ship during the height of the storm. Some crew members and their families anonymously voiced their anger at the ship not being evacuated ahead of the storm.

New Orleans to Turn Convention Center Into Medical Shelter

Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the city was prepping the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to be used as a medical shelter for those in dire medical need due to power outages. The city hoped to have it open by Thursday, NOLA.com reported.

The shelter would offer a bigger, more convenient space for people in most desperate need of power, like those on life-support or dialysis.

Some Services Return in St. Bernard Parish

Emergency services such as the fire department and sheriff’s office are fully operational in St. Bernard Parish, and five gas stations are open, as well as WalMart, Home Depot and several other businesses.

But the wait for supplies remains long, especially for gas.

“They have lines for miles at a certain gas station and that station runs out of fuel and it’s just not an easy turnaround to get fuel back to those stations,” Sheriff James Pohlman said in a briefing Wednesday morning.

There still is no power and schools are closed until further notice. Vacuum trucks are taking the place of sewer lift stations by transporting the waste to a main treatment plant.

Parish President Guy McInnis asked residents to remain patient while parish officials work with utility company Entergy and address other recovery related isses.

“Know that we need you in this community and don’t worry about things you can’t control. Know that we’re in that room fighting for you …,” McInnis said as his voice cracked with emotion. “Ah shoot … everyday”

Residents have been allowed to return to check their property in some of the hardest hit parts of the parish. The Yscloskey Bridge to Shell Beach and Hopedale remains closed.

Shell Beach is where an annual memorial service is held to mark Hurricane Katrina’s anniversary. This year’s event was canceled. Ida roared into southeast Louisiana on Katrina’s 16th anniversary.

Multiple People Transported for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in New Orleans

Seven children and five adults were taken from a home in New Orleans to the hospital Wednesday morning due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

“This was a portable generator related carbon monoxide poisoning,” New Orleans EMS said on Twitter. “CO is a DEADLY colorless, odorless gas. Only operate generators outdoors.”

Six ambulances and multiple other rescue vehicles responded to the home in the city’s Gert Town neighborhood at about 8:45 a.m. CDT.

Nine people in Louisiana died of carbon monoxide poisoning after Hurricane Laura pummeled the southwest part of the state last year.

(MORE: Generators Can Be Deadly If Used Improperly – Here’s How to Stay Safe)

Two Utility Workers Killed in Alabama

Two utility workers trying to restore power after Ida were killed in Jefferson County, Alabama. The two Pike Electric workers were electrocuted assisting restoration efforts in Adger. Six people have been killed by Ida so far.

Nearly Every Home in Jean Lafitte is Damaged

Timothy Kerner, mayor of the town of Jean Lafitte, said Ida was too much for the local levee, which was overtopped by floodwaters.

“Ninety percent, at least, of the homes have got serious damage,” Kerner told weather.com in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

He thinks the levee would have held if the storm would have moved through faster.

“If this thing would have stopped an hour earlier, then the town would have been protected. The levee held a category 4, a few mph away from a category 5 hurricane, for over 12 hours. And on the 13th hour it was overtopped,” Kerner said.

“It was just heartbreaking.”

About 1,800 people live in Jean Lafitte, which is in a rural area of Jefferson Parish about 14 miles south of New Orleans.

Lines are Long and Supplies are Short

St. Bernard Parish tweeted video of car after car waiting in line for gas, a scene that’s playing out across the region as gas and other necessities is in short supply.

In New Orleans, the few gas stations that had fuel and generator power to remain open had lines around the block, The Associated Press reported.

About 45 miles southwest in Houma, residents were in need of basic supplies.

“Our desperate need right now is tarps, gasoline for generators, food, water,” pastor Chad Ducote told the AP.

Ducote said a church group from Mississippi had brought food and supplies, and neighbors scooped water from his swimming pool.

“The people down here are just doing what they can,” he said. “They don’t have anything.”

Roof damage is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Houma, La. The weather died down shortly before dawn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Roof damage is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in Houma, La. The weather died down shortly before dawn. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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