President Biden is in Louisiana Friday to survey the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida and speak about what his administration is doing to help residents recover.
Mr. Biden received a briefing from local officials onand deliver remarks in LaPlace, Louisiana, before taking an aerial tour of several of the hardest hit communities.
“My message today is, I think what we’re all seeing that, I’m getting the same response from my Republican friends, Republican friends here that are in the Congress: There’s nothing political about this,” the president said. “It’s just simply about saving lives and getting people back up and running. We’re in this together, and so we’re not going to leave any community behind. Rural, city, coastal, inland. I promise we’re going to have your backs until this thing gets done. And so, I’m mainly here to listen, to see what’s on your mind.”
The Category 4 hurricane tore through Louisiana and Mississippi earlier this week, and many residents are still without power. Even as Ida lost strength, it caused tornadoes in the mid-Atlantic, and createdin New York.
The president approved disaster declarations in Louisiana and Mississippi earlier this week, providing assistance to residents for temporary housing and home repairs, among other things.
As many are still without power and air conditioning, residents along the Gulf Coast have been experiencing sweltering heat.
“My message to everyone affected is: We’re all in this together. The nation is here to help,” the president said in remarks on Hurricane Ida’s effects Thursday. “That’s the message I’ve been making clear to the mayors, governors, energy and utility leaders in the region, who my administration has been working closely with over the past few days.”