Devastating Ida kills at least 1, leaves more than 1 million without power and many awaiting rescue from flooded homes

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(CNN) – Hurricane Ida has ripped catastrophic gashes across southeastern Louisiana, killing at least one person, tearing roofs, sapping power and sending rescuers scrambling Monday morning to untold numbers of flooded homes where people are anxiously calling for help.

Ida, now a slow-moving tropical storm over southwestern Mississippi, still will pose a major threat for more flooding not just in the deep South but also into the Tennessee and Ohio valleys as it crawls north over the next few days.

The scope of damage is only now coming into view as day breaks — but rescuers are getting numerous calls for help from people who’ve climbed into attics or roofs as waters rose in their homes, especially in parishes just outside New Orleans.

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