President Joe Biden visited Louisiana on Friday to survey the injury from the Class 4 Hurricane Ida that handed by way of the state this week.
The president was joined by Democratic Gov. John Edwards together with Republican Sens. Invoice Cassidy and John Kennedy to get a firsthand have a look at downed energy traces and injury performed to houses and neighborhoods after extreme flooding left a lot of Baton Rouge and New Orleans in dire straits.
“We’re not going to go away any group behind: rural, metropolis, coastal, inland,” Biden stated throughout a press convention within the city of LaPlace. “I promise we’re going to have your backs till this will get performed.”
The president was additionally seen strolling to the helicopter Marine One with a cheat sheet in his pants pocket that includes the pictures and names of officers together with what seemed to be a script of remarks. The sheet included pictures and the names of Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat who additionally welcomed the president on Friday.
NEARLY 60 DEAD FROM HURRICANE IDA SO FAR
The hurricane hit the coast of Louisiana on Sunday, bringing important storm surges to coastal cities and precipitated over 1,000,000 individuals to go with out energy on Monday morning. Crews have been nonetheless engaged on getting energy again to some localities in New Orleans and different southeast components of the state as of Friday, in accordance to Entergy.
Louisiana’s Division of Well being introduced Thursday 9 residents have died from the storm thus far, together with three deaths in nursing houses presently beneath investigation.
The Northeast sustained much more fatalities as Ida rolled by way of with ravaging floodwaters and tornadoes on Wednesday, with at the least 45 individuals reported useless from the leftover storm. Greater than half of those deaths, 23, occurred in New Jersey, based on Gov. Phil Murphy, whereas 13 have been killed in New York Metropolis, based on a number of shops.
Biden is slated to spend the weekend at his house in Wilmington, Delaware, and has but to announce plans to tour flood injury in New Jersey and New York.