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Published on September 07, 2021
(Washington, D.C.) — More than a million homes and businesses in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi were left without power after Hurricane Ida hit. And, areas throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are facing severe flooding and tornado damage after Ida tore through those regions.
Mayor Sylvester Turner (Houston, TX), president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement in response:
“The wreckage Hurricane Ida left in its wake in the South, mid-Atlantic, and Northeastern U.S. is heartbreaking. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power and reliable access to clean water. Many have been told not to return to their homes until the situation on the ground gets safer. Our hearts go out to every person affected by this horrendous event.
“As officials work to help people in hard-hit areas recover from the storm’s devastation, we must also acknowledge that climate change is strengthening storms worldwide -- making powerful hurricanes like Ida even more destructive. If we don’t take serious, immediate action to combat climate change, and repair our crumbling infrastructure, future generations will suffer greater consequences than we see today.