New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Monday officials would launch a thorough inspection into conditions in several senior apartments after five people were found dead in the complexes in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
New Orleans Health Department teams discovered the bodies during wellness checks at senior apartment complexes that found eight facilities unfit for occupancy, per a City of New Orleans statement Sunday. The health department is investigating the facilities, while the coroner’s office looking into whether the deaths should be attributed to Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Aug. 29.
The storm prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people from the privately run complexes.
“What we found was unacceptable and accountability will be across the board,” Cantrell said at a news conference Monday. “But right now we will remain focused on improving the conditions in the facilities that we closed. We will not see this happen again.”
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