San Diego is a long way from Louisiana, but a Hillcrest restaurant keeps the New Orleans community up for victims through a fundraiser Hurricane Ida.
NOLA On 5. – located at 3683 5th Ave., south of Pennsylvania Avenue – is working with the American Red Cross Thursday to raise funds for Ida relief efforts. From September 2nd to 5th, daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant will donate 50% of sales of its New Orleans Comfort Food menu to the American red cross.
A Hurricane Katrina survivor who now lives in San Diego recalls the storm and worries about the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Allie Raffa from NBC 7 reports.
You see, the co-owner of the New Orleans-inspired restaurant – Andrew Boyer – is a retired New Orleans resident and wants to do what he can to help after Ida’s devastation.
“Our thoughts go with those affected by Ida and the entire Louisiana community,” said a message posted on Restaurant Instagram feed.
Hurricane Ida left a lot of damage in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana – devastating buildings and roads.
On Saturday, a local chapter of Louisiana State University alumni will participate in the restaurant’s fundraiser; the alumni will also collect money for Ida aid during the LSU vs. UCLA soccer game from 5:30 p.m.
Ida swept through Louisiana on Sunday, leaving New Orleans without power.
To learn more about how to donate directly through the American Red Cross to Hurricane Ida relief efforts, Click here.
Hurricane Ida: What You Should Know
Hurricane Ida landed on August 29th – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A few days later hundreds of thousands of Louisians were braising with no electricity, no tap water and little gasoline.
Ida was the fifth strongest hurricane hit the US and its devastation continues to be widespread. More than 1 million Homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power. At some point New Orleans fell into complete darkness.
The death toll rose dramatically through Thursday as remains of the Hurricane Ida devastated the northeastern United States with record-breaking rains and floods.
Police said nine people died in New York City and 14 confirmed deaths in New Jersey. Check out the latest updates on Ida-related deaths Here.
In the meantime, President Joe Biden will visit Louisiana on Friday to assess the aftermath and speak to local and state leaders.
On Thursday, the president spoke about his administration’s efforts to protect the areas hit by Hurricane Ida (as well as those affected by Caldor fire in the Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe).
“We’re all sticking together,” said Bide. “The nation is here to help.”
President Joe Biden described his administration’s efforts to provide federal aid to competing climate crises in the United States, including historic floods from Hurricane Ida in the southern and eastern states and the devastating Caldor Fire in Sierra Nevada. “We’re all in the same boat. The nation is here to help.”