On Friday, Joe Biden, the President of America, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, to get his first glimpse at the damage caused by Hurricane Ida as the ferocious storm and its leftovers have claimed over sixty lives across affected states. He walked the streets of a hard-hit state of Louisiana neighborhood and told local inhabitants that he knows they’re hurting.
The United States President started his tour at St. John Parish’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a briefing on the ferocious storm’s effect with the governor of Louisiana, Deanne Criswell, FEMA Administrator, and other community leaders.
Mr. Biden promised strong federal aid to get affected people back on their feet. He stated his administration already had distributed a hundred million dollars directly to people in ‘500-dollar checks’ to give them the first slice of crucial assistance. However, he added that several people do not realize what assistance is available because they cannot get the mobile service.
I’m in New Orleans, Louisiana to see the aftermath of Hurricane Ida firsthand and to meet with state and local leaders from impacted communities. They have the full support of the Federal government to provide assistance as needed.
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 3, 2021
Furthermore, local residents greeted Biden’s being there. People laughed and posed for photographs. The U.S. President also met with local and state authorities in LaPlace, a community that suffered significant water and wind damage and was left with flooded homes and sheared roofs.
Biden Used His Trip to Sell His Infrastructure Spending Plan
The American leader said that he pledges they’re going to have affected people’s backs. Moreover, Biden took a flyover tour of battered areas, including Grand Isle, Lafitte, Lafourche Parish, and Port Fourchon, where Archie Chaisson, Parish President, stated almost a quarter of homes in his community of 0.1M were gone or had calamitous damage.
The U.S. President Biden later met with John Bel Edwards, the governor of Louisiana, Steve Scalise, House GOP Whip, and local officials.
After taking a tour of some of the storm’s damage, Mr. Biden said that Ida is one more reminder they need to make necessary preparations for the next hurricane. Super storms are going to come more brutally.
Furthermore, Joe Biden said that the U.S. government works with cellphone firms and energy companies to restore service and send power generators. He added his government is also pressurizing insurance firms to pay for affected people’s temporary living costs.
He also used the tour to sell his proposals to append trillion dollars on infrastructure, mentioning ways the appending plan would build earthen embankments and water infrastructure, including pumping stations.
Before leaving for Louisiana on Thursday, in a White House speech, Biden said that Edwards had guaranteed him that his tour wouldn’t interrupt recovery efforts. He said that is what he wanted to be sure of. His message to every affected is ‘they’re all in that together, and the nation is there to assist.’