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Photos: Scenes From Hurricane Ida's Devastating Path

<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>Junior Godoy, 8, stands in front of his grandfather's house after it was flooded during Hurricane Ida in Barataria, La. "I've lost everything in my trailer because of the hurricane. I've lost everything, my family has lost everything and we're now trying to find help. We all live in this area and now it's all gone," said Fusto Maldonado.
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Tues., Aug. 31: Junior Godoy, 8, stands in front of his grandfather's house after it was flooded during Hurricane Ida in Barataria, La. "I've lost everything in my trailer because of the hurricane. I've lost everything, my family has lost everything and we're now trying to find help. We all live in this area and now it's all gone," said Fusto Maldonado.

Photos: The Louisiana coast is left with serious damage after Hurricane Ida. Remnants of Ida brought historic flooding to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Updated September 1, 2021 at 4:37 PM ET

Hurricane Ida nearly doubled in strength in a day, fueled by the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. More than 800,000 people are without power in Louisiana after Ida barreled through the state.

A massive relief effort is underway across the Gulf Coast following the worst of Ida's tear through the region, as the storm has knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses and left at least two people dead.

<strong>Weds., Sept. 1:</strong> Natalie Francois stands in her flood damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Jean Lafitte, La.
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Weds., Sept. 1: Natalie Francois stands in her flood damaged home in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Jean Lafitte, La.

Ida has since been downgraded to a tropical storm and continues north.

"This is one of the strongest storms to make landfall in modern times," Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a Sunday afternoon briefing.

Ida landed on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, blamed for 1,800 deaths in 2005.

<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>Destruction is left in the wake of Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle, La.
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Tues., Aug. 31: Destruction is left in the wake of Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle, La.

During Katrina 16 years ago, the federally built levees and floodwall system failed, and 80% of New Orleans was inundated with catastrophic flooding.

Since then the federal government spent billions of dollars to upgrade and this time the levees, floodwalls and floodgates held up.

But strengthening the flood protection system in New Orleans couldn't spare some neighboring communities from Ida's destructive storm surge.

Here is a look at the area.

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<strong>Tues., Aug. 31:</strong> A man pulls a boat through a flooded neighborhood in Barataria, La.
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Tues., Aug. 31: A man pulls a boat through a flooded neighborhood in Barataria, La.
<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>Destruction is left in the wake of Hurricane Ida on August 31, 2021 in Golden Meadow, La.
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Tues., Aug. 31: Destruction is left in the wake of Hurricane Ida on August 31, 2021 in Golden Meadow, La.
<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>A fallen tree rests on a storm-damaged home in Madisonville, Louisiana.
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Tues., Aug. 31: A fallen tree rests on a storm-damaged home in Madisonville, Louisiana.
<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>Crews begin work on downed power lines leading to a fire station in Waggaman, La.
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Tues., Aug. 31: Crews begin work on downed power lines leading to a fire station in Waggaman, La.
<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>Ademir Sava fills his truck with gas after waiting in line for six hours in New Orleans.
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Tues., Aug. 31: Ademir Sava fills his truck with gas after waiting in line for six hours in New Orleans.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>Marquita Jenkins stands in the ruins of the Be Love hair salon, owned by her mother, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021 in LaPlace, Louisiana. Idas eastern wall went right over LaPlace inflicting heavy damage on the area.
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Mon., Aug. 30: Marquita Jenkins stands in the ruins of the Be Love hair salon, owned by her mother, which was destroyed by Hurricane Ida on August 30, 2021 in LaPlace, Louisiana. Idas eastern wall went right over LaPlace inflicting heavy damage on the area.
<strong>Tues., Aug. 31: </strong>People ride out of a flooded neighborhood in a volunteer high water truck assisting people evacuating from homes in LaPlace, La.
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Tues., Aug. 31: People ride out of a flooded neighborhood in a volunteer high water truck assisting people evacuating from homes in LaPlace, La.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>Darrin Heisser (C) evacuates from his flooded home with his dog Sonny and the help of daughter Darion Heisser (L) and Troy Gerard (R) as they wade into a high water truck volunteering to evacuate people from flooded homes in LaPlace, La.
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Mon., Aug. 30: Darrin Heisser (C) evacuates from his flooded home with his dog Sonny and the help of daughter Darion Heisser (L) and Troy Gerard (R) as they wade into a high water truck volunteering to evacuate people from flooded homes in LaPlace, La.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>People are evacuated from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, La.
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Mon., Aug. 30: People are evacuated from floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, La.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>Jeremy Hodges removes a light from his family's destroyed storage unit in Houma, La.
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Mon., Aug. 30: Jeremy Hodges removes a light from his family's destroyed storage unit in Houma, La.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30:</strong> A man helps a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd.  in Biloxi, Mississippi.
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Mon., Aug. 30: A man helps a stranded motorist in floodwaters on Beach Blvd. in Biloxi, Mississippi.
<strong>Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>Children watch reporters at a building collapse scene in New Orleans.
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Mon., Aug. 30: Children watch reporters at a building collapse scene in New Orleans.
<strong data-stringify-type="bold">Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>A section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
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Mon., Aug. 30: A section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter in New Orleans.
<strong data-stringify-type="bold">Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>A woman looks over damage to a neighborhood caused by Hurricane Ida in Kenner, La.
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Mon., Aug. 30: A woman looks over damage to a neighborhood caused by Hurricane Ida in Kenner, La.
<strong data-stringify-type="bold">Mon., Aug. 30: </strong>New Orleans Police detective Alexander Reiter, looks over debris from a building that collapsed during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.
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Mon., Aug. 30: New Orleans Police detective Alexander Reiter, looks over debris from a building that collapsed during Hurricane Ida in New Orleans.
<strong>Sun., Aug. 29:</strong> Montegut and Bourg firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, La. as Hurricane Ida passes.
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Sun., Aug. 29: Montegut and Bourg firefighters cut through trees on the road in Bourg, La. as Hurricane Ida passes.
<strong>Sun., Aug. 29: </strong>Hotel staff brace a door to keep it from opening in high winds after the hotel lost power in New Orleans.
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Sun., Aug. 29: Hotel staff brace a door to keep it from opening in high winds after the hotel lost power in New Orleans.
Firefighters look out the window from a shelter as hurricane Ida passes in Bourg, Louisiana on Sunday.
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Sun., Aug. 29: Firefighters look out the window from a shelter as hurricane Ida passes in Bourg, Louisiana on Sunday.
<strong>Sun., Aug. 29: </strong>Hurricane Ida is seen in this image taken aboard the International Space Station. The image was shared on European Space Agency astronaut and Expedition 65 crew member Thomas Pesquet's Twitter account, as the storm churned in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of its landfall.
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Sun., Aug. 29: Hurricane Ida is seen in this image taken aboard the International Space Station. The image was shared on European Space Agency astronaut and Expedition 65 crew member Thomas Pesquet's Twitter account, as the storm churned in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of its landfall.

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