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Joe Biden warns death toll will rise beyond one as scores of victims are left homeless and one million remain without power

Dartarian Stovall's house collapsed when he was renovating it Sunday night. He was able to crawl to safety and said: 'At least I'm alive.' As of Monday, there was only one reported death, though officials expect that number to increase as search and rescue operations continue throughout the day

  • At least one person is dead - a 60 year-old man who died when a tree fell on his home - but Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards warned Monday that he expects the total dead to 'go up considerably' 
  • President Joe Biden agreed during a conference call with governors from affected states Monday, and told Bel Edwards to 'holler' for assistance  
  • More than 1 million homes were without power through Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday, with 144,000 in the Big Easy alone reporting power failures
  • Among buildings destroyed was the Karofsky Tailor Shop, which jazz legend Louis Armstrong once lived above  
  • Energy officials said they were working to restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida but warned  'it will likely take days to determine the extent of damage to our power grid'
  • AT&T reported that 40 per cent of its network was down across Louisiana, sparking further misery for people trying to work from home
  • Some locals in the town of Lafitte - which has been destroyed by floodwaters - are currently trapped in their attics, with local mayor Cynthia Lee Sheng warning: 'There's alligators out there' 
  • The Category Four hurricane flooded much of Jefferson Parish, overpowering levee flood defenses which were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina hit the area on the same date 16 years ago
  • The only power coming into many homes was from generators, sparking fears people could poison themselves with carbon monoxide
  • Meanwhile the storm was weakened to a tropical storm as it passed over Mississippi on Monday. Flood warnings are in place for Mississippi, with Tennessee, and Kentucky 
  • Ida will make its way north east through the week, and will weaken further by the time it reaches New England on Thursday
  • But locals are worried about the prospect of another three inches of rain just a week after soils were saturated by Tropical Storm Henri

    The Karofsky shop suffered severe damage after Hurricane Ida pummeled New Orleans with strong winds

    The Karofsky shop suffered severe damage after Hurricane Ida pummeled New Orleans with strong winds

    The Karofsky shop suffers severe damage, as Governor John Bel Edwards warned recovery efforts could take weeks

    The Karofsky shop suffers severe damage, as Governor John Bel Edwards warned recovery efforts could take weeks

    One person, a 60-year-old man, has been confirmed dead. He has not been named and was killed after a tree fell on his home in Prairieville, Louisiana, on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, the human cost of Ida began to emerge on Monday, after a famed New Orleans tailor shop where jazz legend Louis Armstrong once lived was among buildings destroyed.

    Karnofsky Tailor Shop and Residence, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was reduced to a pile of bricks and rubble by Ida.  

    It started out as a tailor shop in 1913, and Armstrong 'worked for the Karnofskys on their coal and junk wagons, tooting "a small tin horn" and ate meals with the family,' who eventually gave him money for his first concert.

    'Louis said it was the Karnofskys that instilled the love of singing in his heart,' John McCusker, a retired journalist who supported the efforts to get the store historically landmarked, told WWL.

    The Karnofsys' son, Morris, would go on to open the first jazz record store in town and the Register of Historic Places says, 'Armstrong visited his friend and musician buddies at the store on his many return trips to the city.'

    Another apartment building in Kenner, Louisiana burned overnight after the storm struck it.

    Dartarian Stovall's house collapsed when he was renovating it Sunday night. He was able to crawl to safety and said: 'At least I'm alive.' As of Monday, there was only one reported death, though officials expect that number to increase as search and rescue operations continue throughout the day

    Dartarian Stovall's house collapsed when he was renovating it Sunday night. He was able to crawl to safety and said: 'At least I'm alive.' As of Monday, there was only one reported death, though officials expect that number to increase as search and rescue operations continue throughout the day

    Stovall 's house in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans was completely destroyed in the storm

    Stovall 's house in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans was completely destroyed in the storm

    And Dartanian Stovall was pictured distraught outside his home in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday after it was destroyed by the storm while he was renovating it.

    He said the chimney fell first, and the rest of the house followed.

    Fortunately, he managed to crawl to safety. Stovall, who was pictured surveying the wreckage of his home with his hands clasped to his head, said: 'At least I'm alive,' as he surveyed the damage on Monday.  

    Cynthia Lee Cheng - mayor of Jefferson Parish - also outlined the horror faced by some of her neighbors currently trapped in attics in the trashed town of Lafitte.

    She said: 'This is an area if you want to think of it like swampland, there's alligators out there.

    Door-to-door searches are currently underway in Jefferson County, using boats in badly-flooded areas. Louisiana has also activated 5,000 National Guard members.

    A US Army spokesman said 195 high-water vehicles and 73 rescue boats had been prepped and staged across south Louisiana to aid door-to-door search attempts. The National Guard has also organized 34 helicopters to support search and rescue, evacuation and reconnaissance missions as needed. 

    President Joe Biden on Monday told the governors and mayors of Louisiana and Mississippi to 'just holler' if they need any additional support in the wake of Hurricane Ida

    A roof was ripped off a car parts store in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on Sunday after Hurricane Ida blew through

    A roof was ripped off a car parts store in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, on Sunday after Hurricane Ida blew through 

    Theophilus Charles, 70, sobs while sitting on the porch of his home in Houma, Louisiana, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ida

    Theophilus Charles, 70, sobs while sitting on the porch of his home in Houma, Louisiana, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ida

    Charles sits dejected on a mattress inside his home after Ida tore through Sunday, bringing 150mph winds and severe floods

    Charles sits dejected on a mattress inside his home after Ida tore through Sunday, bringing 150mph winds and severe floods 

    Rene Hebert cleans out the family's destroyed offices in Houma, Louisiana

    Rene Hebert cleans out the family's destroyed offices in Houma, Louisiana

    Fran Tribe and her dog, Dave, sit outside home destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, Louisiana

    Fran Tribe and her dog, Dave, sit outside home destroyed by Hurricane Ida in Houma, Louisiana

    A truck in Houma, Louisiana, drives past a metal sign downed by Hurricane Ida's winds

    A truck in Houma, Louisiana, drives past a metal sign downed by Hurricane Ida's winds 

    Jeremy Hodges walks out of his family's ruined storage unit in Houma on Monday, hours after Hurricane Ida

    Jeremy Hodges walks out of his family's ruined storage unit in Houma on Monday, hours after Hurricane Ida 

    Traffic passed by LaPlace, Louisiana as a traffic light hung from a cable on Monday

    Traffic passed by LaPlace, Louisiana as a traffic light hung from a cable on Monday

    A man walks through deep floodwaters in Magnolia, Mississippi, in the aftermath of Ida on Monday morning

    A man walks through deep floodwaters in Magnolia, Mississippi, in the aftermath of Ida on Monday morning 

    A car was destroyed by falling masonry in New Orleans after Ida tore through the Big Easy on Sunday

    A car was destroyed by falling masonry in New Orleans after Ida tore through the Big Easy on Sunday  

    Windows were ripped out of an office building in Metairie, Louisiana, as Ida passed through

    Windows were ripped out of an office building in Metairie, Louisiana, as Ida passed through 

    All of New Orleans lost power around sunset on Sunday, leaving people without refrigeration and air conditioning in the hot summer weather, as they used flashlights to search through the damage as the storm passed by around dawn.

    Figures from power supplier Entergy confirmed that 144,000 homes were without power in the Big Easy. A further 195,000 are without power in nearby Jefferson Parish, while 80,000 are without power in St Tammany Parish.

    The power cuts spelt bad news for Louisianans trying to work from home, and there was further misery for many on Monday, when cellphone and internet provider AT&T reported that 40 per cent of its network was down in the state due to Ida. 

    Search and rescue operations began at around 3 a.m., with the Louisiana National Guard going door to door to check on residents, many of whom are still stuck on the second-floor or the attics of their homes.

    The United States Coast Guard also helped evacuate seven patients from a southern Louisiana hospital, Bel Edwards said Monday afternoon. 

    Virginia Governor Ralph Northam also tweeted that the state has deployed 35 members of Virginia Task Force 2 to the area and Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Monday the state was sending 132 firefighters, 30 fire engines, 14 crew members and a helicopter to Louisiana, with the Texas A&M Task Force One providing urban search and rescue capabilities.

    'The State of Texas is proud to support our neighbors in Louisiana by sending emergency resources and personnel to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,' Abbott said in a statement.

    'We will never forget the kindness, generosity and support offered by the people of Louisiana during Hurricane Harvey four years ago, and we are eager to support them in their own time of need.' 

    But the Louisiana State Police told residents on Facebook 'it may be difficult to get help to you for quite some time,' as communication is limited in certain areas.

    The State Police noted that as troopers continue to clear roadways 'the full extent of damage is yet to be seen,' and search and rescue workers still cannot get to certain areas.

    'A large portion of travel routes are blocked by down trees and power lines,' they wrote. 'In addition, there is standing water in some areas, which can deteriorate roads and sweep vehicles away. Debris is also scattered throughout the area, which can make navigating our roadways very difficult.'

    They asked residents to refrain from traveling at this time 'as it is these dangerous conditions that can create additional emergencies that could be prevented.' 

    Highway 51 was flooded in LaPlace, Louisiana with rescue crews having to take a boat to reach people stuck in their homes

    Highway 51 was flooded in LaPlace, Louisiana with rescue crews having to take a boat to reach people stuck in their homes

    Much of Louisiana was flooded in the aftermath

    Much of Louisiana was flooded in the aftermath

    A person on a bicycle passes a damaged Shell station in Kenner, Louisiana on Monday as millions remained without power

    A person on a bicycle passes a damaged Shell station in Kenner, Louisiana on Monday as millions remained without power

    A shrimp boat in the Bayou Segnette inlet has capsized from the heavy winds of Ida in Westwego, Louisiana

    A shrimp boat in the Bayou Segnette inlet has capsized from the heavy winds of Ida in Westwego, Louisiana

    Aerial footage obtained by DailyMail.com showed the extent of the damage, with walls completely ripped off the side of one building in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

    Aerial footage obtained by DailyMail.com showed the extent of the damage, with walls completely ripped off the side of one building in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

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