New York City team deploys to Louisiana to aid in the recovery from Ida

More than 80 members of the NYPD and FDNY who are part of FEMA's New York Task Force One and New York City's Urban Search and Rescue Team are on their way to Louisiana to aid in the recovery from Ida.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2021, 10:19 AM

Updated 968 days ago

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More than 80 members of the NYPD and FDNY who are part of FEMA's New York Task Force One and New York City's Urban Search and Rescue Team are on their way to Louisiana to aid in the recovery from Ida.
They deployed from Brooklyn Sunday night, bringing with them a slew of equipment, including four swift water rescue boats and a team of six search and rescue dogs.
They hope to arrive in Baton Rouge tonight.
Ida was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday morning. As a hurricane, the system knocked out power to all of New Orleans and inundated coastal Louisiana communities on a deadly path through the Gulf Coast.
Forecasters said Ida would bring damaging winds, heavy rainfall that could cause flash floods and life-threatening storm surge.
It made landfall on the same day 16 years earlier that Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi. Its 150-mph winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland.
Ida was already blamed for at least one death in Louisiana.
AP wire services contributed to this report.


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