Hurricane Ida tore off parts of a hospital’s roof in Louisiana as the category 4 storm ripped through the state on Sunday.
A video shared on social media showed the roof of Lady of the Sea General Hospital being blown off as the storm tore through Galliano, located 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Lafourche Parish, near where Ida made landfall, reported extensive roof damage. “All patients and staff are fine at this time without injury; although, our hospital has sustained significant damage,” hospital CEO Karen Collins said in a message relayed via Facebook. The hospital’s phone system was down.
On Monday morning, members of the U.S. Coast Guard managed to fly in and evacuate about seven patients, Gov. John Bel Edwards said on a call with President Joe Biden and other governors. Another Lafourche Parish hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, reported a partial generator failure to the state.
Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards, said the facility “had not lost all critical power.” She said some patients were moved to another part of the facility and the state health department was working with the hospital.
Ida struck as hospitals and their intensive care units were filled with patients from the fourth surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also said 22 nursing homes and 18 assisted living facilities have been evacuated, though evacuating the largest hospitals was not an option because there simply aren’t other places to send them.
Anticipating that power could be out for weeks in places, Edwards said a big focus will be on making sure there is enough generator power and water at hospitals so they can keep up with vital patient needs such as providing oxygen or powering ventilators. “I hate to say it this way, but we have a lot of people on ventilators today and they don’t work without electricity,” he said.
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