National Guardsman found dead in Department of Safety parking lot after Hurricane Ida in Baton Rouge
Louisiana National Guardsman is found dead in state government parking lot as police investigate cause of death
- The solder was found dead on Friday in the parking lot of a large state complex
- The complex is home to the Ministry of Security, the State Police and the DMV
- The soldier’s identity has not been released while their family is notified
- Hurricane Ida ravaged Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday
- The Louisiana National Guard has aided in recovery and relief
- More than 800,000 people are without power across the state
- The storm killed at least six people in Gulf Coast states before turning north
A Louisiana National Guard soldier has been found dead in the parking lot of a state government complex.
The soldier’s body was discovered Friday outside the Department of Public Safety offices in Baton Rouge. Officials have not released his or her name as they wait to notify the family, Maj said. National Guard spokeswoman Noel Collins told DailyMail.com.
The cause of death has not yet been released, but is under investigation by the Louisiana State Police.
The Louisiana National Guard has been active across the state this week, transporting people to hospitals on flooded roads, clearing streets of debris and distributing food and water to residents trapped without electricity.
National Guard has been active in Louisiana to help people after Hurricane Ida (victim not pictured)
The soldier was found in a government complex housing the Ministry of Public Security
The parking lot where the soldier was found is part of a large complex in the state capital that houses the state police, the Governor’s Office for Homeland Security and Emergency Relief and the state DMV.
It is unclear what the soldier was doing in the complex at the time.
More than 800,000 people were without power in Louisiana on Friday night, according to tracker PowerOutage.US. Most of the customers without electricity are along the coast, which was ravaged when Hurricane Ida rolled in as a Category 4 hurricane this weekend.
Category 4 hurricane stormed the state on Sunday, leaving nearly a million without power
Above, members of the Louisiana National Guard work on a search and rescue mission in Jean Laffite, Louisiana on Aug. 30
About 9,000 people are without power in Mississippi.
The storm killed six people in Gulf Coast states, including two Alabama electricians repairing electrical grid damage caused by the storm. NBC News.
The storm became even more deadly as it ravaged the Northeast later in the week, flooding New York City subway tracks and killing at least 17 people in New York state and 25 in New Jersey, according to the Wall Street Journal.
President Joe Biden toured the wreckage in Louisiana on Friday, comforting families.
Biden criticized insurance companies for refusing livelihood coverage for those not covered by the mandatory evacuation order.
“Insurance companies say no, no, no, we won’t pay you what we owe. We are applying as much pressure as possible,” the president said.
“No one fled this killer storm because they were looking for a vacation or a road trip,” he noted.
He argued that although the evacuation orders were voluntary, people felt safer leaving.
“So, folks, they left their homes because… they felt they had to run from the risk of death. There’s nothing voluntary about that. And so I appeal to private insurance companies – don’t hide behind the fine print and technicalities; pay what you owe your customers; to cover temporary housing costs,” he said.