It’s ‘Probably Worse’ Than Hurricane Rita: Louisiana Governor On The Impact Of Hurricane Laura

Louisiana Governor On The Impact f Hurricane Laura

On Tuesday, John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Gov. said, “Hurricane Laura is worse than Hurricane Rita we faced 15 years ago.” Meantime he apologized to everyone. He thought he had diminished the impacts of Hurricane Laura storm that slammed the Cameron coast with its 150 mph winds.

John Bel Edwards added, “It was never my intention to convey the damage was anything other than horrific.” Edward has received a few negative feedbacks earlier, and he responded. “It was every bit as bad as (Hurricane Rita in 2005) and probably worse where it struck; very catastrophic.” Edwards also added about Laura that it cut a wider swath of damage compared to Rita. The impacts are evident through Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana since it is getting one of three more parishes eligible for FEMA help. After the storm, 600,000 Louisianans remained without access to clean water.

But, energy companies continued and whittled away in slow motion at reduced power outages. The down was at least 25000 on Tuesday from a high of 600000. As of Tuesday, over 72 water systems are yet to start their function. So, that left on 170,000 people with partial or complete water outages. For 400,000 more still, the water is under a boil advisory. There are some worst-hit areas in southwestern Louisiana, and that includes the epicenter of Lake Charles, where water and electricity could still be inaccessible for a few weeks.

On Wednesday in Sulphur, Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana President, along with other officials, were discussing the restoration plan for Cameron and Calcasieu parishes. The company also said May is going to describe the current catastrophic damage, which is primarily suffered by the company’s electric grid. The damage was the result of Hurricane Laura. During a press conference, he told May described what can be done to restore power to the same region entirely.

Louisiana Governor On The Impact f Hurricane Laura

At the same time, Acadia, Acadiana parishes, Vermilion, and Ouachita and six others are made eligible for aiding under President Trump’s disaster declaration. Edward also encouraged everyone who is impacted in Allen, Acadia, Vernon, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, Cameron, Vermilion, and Ouachita to apply for help. Edward added for everyone among 23 requested a declaration that “Please register for FEMA assistance as soon as you can.”

“If you’re in the other 14 parishes, please know we’re continuing to advocate for you.” The governor, also on Wednesday he intends to return to Lake Charles. He has plans to travel on Thursday to Allen, Jefferson Davis, Beauregard, and Vernon parishes.

The death toll in Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura remained at 15 Tuesday. Meantime on Saturday, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana and Texas. His travel intended to survey tour damage that is the result of Hurricane Laura. Laura was a massive storm, and it leveled homes as well as businesses when it slammed ashore with 150-mph winds in this week. President Trump visited Orange, Louisiana, Lake Charles, and Texas. He met the first responders along with local officials in his tour who have started to recover from Laura, the Category 4 storm that resulted in landfall Thursday.

Trump was wearing a red hat with “USA” on the front and “Trump” at the back. He arrived at one p.m.ET in Louisiana, and reporters were traveling with him. They all could see debris and blue straps on houses at Chennault International Airport as Air Force One landed.  President Trump also surveyed a warehouse that is used for relief supplies. After that, he traveled to downtown Lake Charles, a neighborhood where Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards joined him. They were also accompanied by Pete Gaynor, FEMA director, and Chad Wolf, who is the Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary.

Trump said in Lake Charle,

“This was a tremendously powerful storm.” He also added, “We have to take care of Louisiana. We have to take care of Texas; we’ll supply what we have to supply, and you know what a lot of that is, a thing called green,” “We’ll take care of you.”

Later in the day, the President traveled to Orange by taking Marine One. He was asked whether he has plans to travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin? The place whereon Saturday, thousands of people protested in response to the police shooting Jacob Blake in the previous weekend.

Trump replied, “Probably so.” But, there were no details of his plans. But, On Saturday, Judd Deere, White House spokesman, responded reporters that, “Trump has plans to visit Kenosha on Tuesday and he will meet with the law enforcement and survey damages of the recent demonstrations.” When asked about the 17-year-old kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged for reckless and intentional homicide in fatal shootings of two protesters, Trump declined to discuss.

“We are looking at it very, very carefully,” Trump replied. Hurricane Laura affected tens of thousands, and it left them without power and water. Now, it is blamed for 15 deaths, according to Associated Press. On Friday, President signed a disaster declaration for Louisiana.

Trump said,

“Now it turned out we got a little bit lucky. It was huge. It was compelling but it passed quickly.” It was on Thursday during his visit to the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

It was over 220,000 people surviving without water, reported by the Louisiana Department of Health estimation. They also estimated that restoration could take a few weeks or months, and it may take years for entire rebuilding. There were about forty nursing homes which relied just on generators. But there were assessments underway for determining if over 860 residents in about eleven facilities which were earlier evacuated could return.

There was an initial analysis conducted by Accuweather, and it predicts that total economic loss and damage as a result of Laura could be $25 to $30 billion. A disaster modelerChuck Watson estimated the total loss to be $20 billion to $25 billion. By Saturday, the remnants of Hurricane Laura showed up further and continued to weaken. It weakened as it started moving towards the Mid-Atlantic States. But, even now, there is a threat of heavy rain and tornadoes along the coast before it exits into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Alec John volunteers as the Executive Editor for online news portals, and he’s also written for TBD, Newsweek, and Congressional Quarterly. He’s a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, Alec John has covered sports, entertainment, and many other beats in his journalism career, and has lived in New York City for more than 20 years.

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