Nassau County deputies finish disaster tour in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida – Action News Jax


From Nassau County, Florida to Lake Charles, Louisiana, if you get the call from the Florida State Emergency Management Office, you go.

Action News Jax has checked in with some of the Nassau County deputies who relieve Lake Charles Parrish officers after Hurricane Ida.

“When we first arrived, it was a bit horrific. There was obviously a lot of calamity,” said Nassau County Sheriff Sergeant Lance McConnell.

Sergeant McConnell and a team of sheriff’s deputies complete their two-week tour of Lake Charles. It’s been more than three weeks since Hurricane Ida made landfall on August 29, but the devastation continues.

“Powerlines down. Roofs of houses. Debris everywhere. Lots of flooding,” McConnell said.

Some Lake Charles Parrish officers had their own homes heavily damaged in the Category Four storm.

“They have a lot of damage to their house. We helped them. Just different tasks, but it’s pretty intense every day,” McConnell says.

We asked McConnell what he sees driving around Lake Charles. He told us there are still a lot of broken power poles – he said he’s even seen roofs along the side of roads. He also said the team has met many children in Lake Charles, and even shared some selfies on social media with those they help.

“For the most part, their morale is there. They’re trying to stay strong. That’s the theme here: stay strong.”

McConnell said their time in Lake Charles is a bitter reminder to take hurricanes seriously.

The delegates return to Nassau County on Saturday.

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