Local Ida aid: NYPD, FDNY, ConEd send crews to Louisiana to help storm victims

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NEW YORK — As Tropical Storm Ida inundates New Orleans and beyond with heavy rain and damaging winds, New York is sending some desperately needed help.

About 600 Red Cross volunteers from our area left for Louisiana in advance of the hurricane. They’ve committed to two-week deployments.

Mary Barneby, regional CEO of the Red Cross of Greater New York told the PIX11 Morning News on Tuesday what her team is seeing on the ground and how they’re helping in Louisiana.

Task Force One, the NYPD and FDNY’s Urban Search and Rescue team geared up and headed down south on Sunday as Ida was making landfall as a category four hurricane, one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the United States.

Eighty-three NYPD and FDNY members and six dogs, along with four water-rescue boats and rescue equipment for collapsed buildings headed to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help with rescue efforts and more.

After power was knocked out for all of New Orleans late Sunday, leaving over a million people in the dark, Con Edison on Monday was deploying about 80 line crews and equipment.

Eversource from Connecticut also sent crews down to Louisiana to help with power restoration.

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