Hurricane Ida in Chattanooga, TN

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Heavy rainfall is expected due to Hurricane Ida | Photo via Pexels

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On the radar: Hurricane Ida. The hurricane hit the coast of Louisiana on Sunday and remnants of it are now raining down over Chattanooga.

Plus, some Louisiana evacuees will hunker down in Tennessee until the damage is assessed and it’s safe to go back. Read on for how you can help on a local level + what to expect from the weather forecast.

Weather

Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ida will affect the region with 2 to 4 inches expected locally. Hamilton County is under a flash flood watch through Wednesday afternoon. 

What to expect:

  • Heavy rain and storms all day today
  • Winds up to 30 mph at times
  • Possible quick, spin-up tornado

How to help

Check out this list of organizations assisting Hurricane Ida victims.

The Chattanooga Homeless Coalition is accepting monetary donations to help house evacuees + offer any resources they can to get them set up while they’re here.

Standby to answer questions or give support in the r/Chattanooga subreddit thread for Hurricane Ida evacuees.

Adopt or foster a pet. Shelters are full right now, and anytime there is a natural disaster, many pets are displaced and transported to local shelters. You can help make space for them by adopting or fostering.

Lodging

Tennessee State Parks is offering a 50% discount code to all evacuees until Thurs., Sept. 2. Louisiana ID or proof of residence will be required at check-in.

Discount codes can be used for:

  • Cabins + camping | Reservations can be made online or by calling the respective park
  • Hotels | Reservations can be made by calling the respective lodge.

Bonus: Neutral Ground in Proof Bar & Incubator is offering a free po’boy sandwich to Hurricane Ida evacuees + Your Local Seitanist is giving out meals to evacuees. The only requirement is a valid Louisiana ID.