BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The latest death in Louisiana blamed on Hurricane Ida is the fourth from carbon monoxide poisoning since the storm hit.
A 59-year-old man died of carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside his home, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish coroner. Previously confirmed storm-related deaths include five nursing home residents who were evacuated to a facility in Tangipahoa ahead of the hurricane. State Health Officer Joseph Kanter on Saturday ordered seven south Louisiana nursing homes closed immediately amid an investigation into those deaths.
Other deaths blamed on the storm include a man who drowned in New Orleans after he attempted to drive through floodwaters and a 60-year-old man who was killed at his home in Ascension Parish by a falling tree.
The latest death is the fourth by carbon monoxide poisoning, following three deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in Jefferson Parish in the days after the storm.
LDH said carbon monoxide poisoning was one of the leading causes of storm-related deaths in 2020.