Hurricane Ida knocks out power to New Orleans and reverses flow of Mississippi River

Hurricane Ida knocks out power to New Orleans and reverses flow of Mississippi River
The hurricane hit the region exactly 16 years after the deadly Katrina

Hurricane Ida, which hit Louisiana with Category 4 winds, not only left around 673,000 residents of Orleans Parish without power but also caused the Mississippi river to reverse course on Sunday.

The hurricane, which hit the region exactly 16 years after the deadly Katrina, left Orleans Parish without power after it caused “catastrophic” transmission damage, said the energy company Entergy New Orleans. The power outage took place shortly after 7pm on Sunday.

The storm’s torrential rain, powerful winds and surge waters tested $14.5 billion system of gates, flood walls and levees that were built shortly after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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