President Biden visits New Orleans to survey damage caused by Hurricane Ida, meet with local officials

President Joe Biden arrived at New Orleans on Friday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Ida as the storm and its remnants have claimed more than 40 lives across multiple states, according to NBC News.

In advance of his trip, the Biden called for action on climate change which he says will help the nation deal with the fierce storms, flooding and wildfires that have beset the country. Biden was welcomed at the airport by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Edwards said Thursday that there’s no substitute “for actually being on the ground, speaking with the local officials and seeing with your own eyes the utter devastation that the state of Louisiana has sustained because of Hurricane Ida.” He also said he would give the president a “long list” of requests for federal assistance.

Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon on Sunday as an “extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane” with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). According to Newsweek, Ida is the fifth most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S., having caused widespread damage across Louisiana and parts of Mississippi.

Biden was scheduled to meet with with local officials and tour a neighborhood in LaPlace, a community between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain that suffered catastrophic wind and water damage and was left with sheared-off roofs and flooded homes.

He also planned a flyover tour of hard-hit communities including Lafitte, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Lafourche Parish, where Parish President Archie Chaisson said 25% of the homes in his community of 100,000 people were gone or had catastrophic damage, SF Gate reported.

As for Friday’s trip, Biden said his message to the Gulf Coast was: “We are here for you. And we’re making sure the response and recovery is equitable so that those hit hardest get the resources they need and are not left behind.”



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