Hurricane Ida — a Category 4 storm — hit on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, coming ashore about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land. Ida’s 150-mph (230 kph) winds tied it for the fifth-strongest hurricane to ever hit the mainland U.S. It dropped hours later to a Category 1 storm with maximum winds of 95 mph (155 kph) as it crawled inland, its eye about 45 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of New Orleans. (ref: apnews)
Oak Alley, located in St. James Parish, was significantly impacted from the hurricane force winds that set on the area for 5+ hours. There is strong speculation that Ida was still a Category 3 storm when it hit St. James Parish. Strong winds caused peripherial shedding of the alley of oaks as well as the uprooting of water oaks, crape myrtles and other trees around the property. The super structures of the trees in the alley are still intact and are predicted to have exceptional regrowth with significant foliage by the end of the next Spring.
The main buildings on the historic site received minimal to no damage.
Oak Alley was closed to the public beginning at 3pm on Friday, August 27 and reopened to the public on October 1, 2021.
Here are some images that show the damage following the storm as well as images of the historic site following the cleanup process performed by the Foundation's grounds crew.