‘Seek Shelter In Another State’: Parts Of Louisiana Uninhabitable After Hurricane Ida

Joe Valiente, director of emergency management for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, talks with Rachel Maddow about the dire conditions in southern Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida where flooding and the lack of electricity and all the things that come with it have made some areas uninhabitable. 
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    1. @Josh Dahling What’s wrong with you?
      Where did I complain about those criticizing the orange blob?

      Show me or stfu.

    2. @EmilyB Bernard You said to another person ‘Your point?’ Maybe you should stay off the comment section if you’re not capable of understanding basic comments. If you have a learning dsability I apologize

  1. I hope that someone in the government is having the conversation about what to do in the long run with south Louisiana and all the gulf states. These areas will be uninhabitable in the coming decades.

  2. I oh so hope they get these people to safety so they can at least get to bottled water right? Prayers 🙏 to the people.

    1. That state has less than 50% vaccination. It’s best to just let nature take its course. No help should be offered to them

    2. I wonder how many people prayed the storm would spare their homes? I wonder if they just prayed to the wrong god, or maybe didn’t pray hard enough, or perhaps they didn’t use the right magic words… Hopefully you are more versed in prayer and yours have a stronger effect.

  3. The scale of this storm’s damage is just now being realized. Best of luck to the professionals and all people who are trying to get the infrastructure back on line. This Parish response director is very sharp and focused on getting it right.

    1. What happens when a second category 4 storm hits them this year?
      They should change “Lafource County” to “Lafu***d County”

    2. Well according to Biden that is not infrastructure infrastructure is school buses more money in politicians pockets you know b*******

    3. @J Lee Just a quick tip J Lee: If you call yourself a man allow me to be the 1st I assume to tell you how unbecoming it is to present yourself as a DRAMA QUEEN to the entire worldwide web. My suggestion would be to Delete your ignorant comment and if you aren’t certain how just let me know and I’ll tell you how to delete. If you’re a female the same applies to you as far as deleting that comment goes as does being a DRAMA QUEEN. @J Lee you should be embarrassed but are more than likely too damned dumb to realize it. If you want to see what is meant by infrastructure just Google Infrastructure Bill 2021 and start reading. I personally don’t take the word of a any politician or any talking head without doing some research 1st.

  4. You feel so sorry for this but maybe it is time to let the water seek its own way and go back to being a lake or part of the gulf. Offer some assistance in moving people North to relocate and work. It has become a yearly flood event and it will become more and more economically unsustainable to let people build and rebuild in flood plains or along rivers with no containment walls. It is almost cruel to let people keep their hopes up that they will come back to a home or job.

    1. @TenBeer TwoKnifeinsurance companies are in the business of selling you an intangible service, in hopes that you will never have to use it. You’re kidding yourself if you think they won’t pull your coverage or apply an exclusions to avoid paying out claims. For example, mold is not automatically covered in most home owner’s insurance, why? Bc it occurs to regularly and would lead to a large number of payouts. You also have to ask if it covers the roof, why? Bc roofs starts at $10,000. It’s the same logic behind why some people affected by Katrina where told flood insurance is not wind insurance and paid less or nothing at all. You having insurance that you never use makes you a perfect customer, should that change, they won’t hesitate to increase your rates or flat out drop your coverage. This is not bc they are hurting for money, they just don’t want to give it to you.

    2. @B L Wow you make it sound as if Louisiana is the one and only state to get bailed out year after year!! STFU

    3. Yeah the smaller northern Louisiana cities will have a lot of more problems than they already have (ex: overpopulation) unless billions are spent on developing infrastructures to go with the populations quickly increasing. That includes updated highway systems, hiring more civil serviceman, the building of new schools, and the expansions of neighborhoods with more houses and apartment complexes.

    1. @Ricardo Cabeza As someone who lives in the Midwest with tornadoes and blizzards every year , I can guarantee we don’t deal with this level of damage or fear with either case.

    2. @Eden I live in Michigan and we don’t have these problems whatsoever, we deal with blizzards and tornado season and it’s no where near this level of damage or fear .

    3. @Bby 14 but what you’ve forgotten, and i say this as a palm beach florida resident, the last major hurricane we had here was Andrew, and that didn’t do any damage to us even though we’re within 50 miles of where it hit. before andrew (and i have lived here my whole life – 50y/o now) we’ve never had a major hurricane hit us or flooding of any kind that was devastating. those are pretty good odds when compared to living with yearly blizzards and tornadic activity. even for NOLA, it was 16yrs with nothing and a storm of this severity last hit NOLA in 1850. Remember, Katrina damage to NOLA was man-made not natural.

    4. @Eden Well all we hear about every year is hurricanes and the damage it causes. We don’t get damage from tornadoes or blizzards every year and rarely if it happens is it bad. I’m not forgetting any odds it’s much riskier living in those areas.

    5. People that are born and raised there in poverty grow up normalizing living there and often don’t have the money to leave. Most people in the entire country live month to month. Relocating your life is a difficult thing to do on what the average American make.

    1. Science illiterates and climate/vaccine denialists have brought us to this moment…..god has zero to do with it. These are uninhabitable zones. Full stop. 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌎🌊🌊🌊🌊

  5. They’re lucky they have choice of leaving, we have to endure a year of this conditions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

    1. @EmilyB Bernard don’t worry, we’re very resilient and I know the people of Louisiana will pull through this. Hope that people in the US start to build using stronger materials.

  6. I understand that Louisianians value their coast line. They like having houses by the water just like everyone else. But the Louisiana coastline is eroding at a very quick rate even without climate change, and with climate change, that area is a disaster. I truly believe the best course of action would be to completely clear all houses in that area, all stores in that area, and to declare the first 25 miles of Louisiana coast line and immediately surrounding areas to be no-build zones, and let that land serve as a barrier.

    It’s a terrible loss, but it’s better than having your whole life wiped out from underneath you by a storm.

    1. @Fung Dark You know it’s interesting that while engaged in obvious, partisan, brainwashed, political BS thinking, you’re accusing me of doing that. When you see weather and its proper response as political, you have allowed your ego to run amok.

    2. @Fung Dark First of all “this guy” isn’t a guy. Second of all, yes, you can adopt the position that government should interfere with nothing and everybody should be able to do what they want. Of course, you would probably be the first one to advocate government interference when somebody has committed a crime or is even perceived to have committed a crime, or didn’t commit a crime but the officer involved said they committed a crime. You’re not against government involvement, right? You’re just against government involvement in civil matters. You’re probably all over it when it’s criminal matters.

      So perhaps take a few minutes, or hours, maybe months, to examine your own hypocrisy before you start going off on other people with very strange talking points. That’s what insurance is for? Insurance doesn’t cover the sewage that goes into the oceans. Insurance doesn’t cover the debris from destroyed houses that gets washed away into our waters. It can compensate an individual, it can’t fix a planet. And it also doesn’t restore life.

  7. What did people do before electricity & air conditioning?
    Not diminishing what happened, but this should be a bit of a wake-up call to all Americans as to what can happen if our power grid goes down.

    1. My cousin works for Fed Bureau of Reclamation and when I asked her if our power was in danger of grid collapse, there was a long pause, then she said. I can’t answer that. That told me all I needed to know.

    2. @Where’s my Dragonator? People have lived in New Orleans since before the US was even a country. It just shows how unprepared & over reliant we are on the power grid.

    3. @K-oz Dragon And they migrated out of flood prone areas seasonally to high ground. Also, hurricanes have been getting worse due to climate change.

    4. @Dan Bowman According to NOAA (National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration) hurricanes are not getting worse, & have shown very little change over the last century.

  8. with how many times new orleans gets fudged id never ever move there. its sad so many people lost everything, i advise not living there if you lost everything and just move to another safer place.

  9. Most of the people will return and rebuild. A lot of people are stubborn and refuse to leave places where they grew up. That’s why you see people stay in places with high unemployment or frequent natural disasters.

    1. Most of people who decide to stay in destruction are FEARFUL to leave. They need COURAGE to leave permanently because Louisiana is NOT livable.

  10. Whe. Do we stop throwing money at hurricane relief money at these places and just relocate them? Because its idiocracy to keep building things up that we know will get demolished by nature the following year .

  11. My heart goes out to them, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say a lot of people seeking shelter shelter in another state due to conditions back home had some things to say about Afghan refugees…

  12. I did rescue recovery during Katrina. My heart goes out to these people they’ve been through enough. Hopefully they didn’t empty the federal prison there again on top of it.

  13. My grandfather used to say, “Never camp below the high water line.”

    I wonder what he would have said about putting a house below that line.

    1. most of the midwest and recently in western tennesse live below water line. they are nowhere near the coast and have had catastrophic flooding. so where can you live where there isn’t catastrophic weather events (wildfires, droughts, floods, tornado’s, earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards)

  14. The water is all around you. Most people just don’t have the means and knowledge to purify it safely because it is essentially sewage. Philanthropists need to stop pretending to be philanthropists and use these moments to show they are. Mass filtration projects should be a regular thing.

  15. This is just the beginning of the hurricane season, and this is just the beginning of the horrors of climate change. My heart goes out to the people in Louisiana affected by hurricane Ida, but shouldn’t we be looking at relocating people in some of these low-lying coastal areas prone to hurricanes, rather than rebuilding homes, towns, and communities in harm’s way?

  16. A lot of these people can’t afford to evacuate, much less relocate. Try showing some humanity and see what you can do to help

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