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Louisiana Congress members press Biden, Congress to do extra for Hurricane Ida victims

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation are requesting President Biden and Congress present extra help amid Hurricane Ida’s “catastrophic” influence on the state.

“Hurricane Ida moved slowly by way of Louisiana inflicting catastrophic wind injury and flooding in quite a few parishes and leaving almost 1,000,000 individuals statewide with out electrical energy, which consultants say it would take weeks to revive,” mentioned the delegation.

“Presently, many communities stay with out entry to consuming water, meals, gasoline, and primary wants, whereas temperatures stay in extra of 100 levels.”

The letter got here from Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Invoice Cassidy, together with a number of Home members – and Reps. Clay Higgins, R, Steve Scalise, R, Mike Johnson, R, Garret Graves, R, Julia Letlow, R, and Troy Carter, D.

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The congress members added that whereas the total extent of harm was unknown, Congress ought to present “substantial and strong emergency appropriations.”

“We’re writing you now to warn you to the necessity for Congress to supply emergency supplemental appropriations to handle Hurricane Ida and the storms from final 12 months, as was performed following Hurricane Katrina,” the letter learn. 

“With out substantial and strong emergency appropriations from Congress to vital unmet wants accounts just like the CDBG-DR [Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery] program, Louisiana households will proceed to languish on account of these devastating storms.”

In seven parishes, at the least 95% of shoppers remained with out energy Thursday. Solely 35,000 of the 405,000 houses and companies in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish had energy Thursday, in keeping with the poweroutage.us web site. Statewide, about 900,000 clients had been with out electrical energy, down from about 1.1 million on the top of the seventh named storm to hit Louisiana because the summer time of 2020.

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On Thursday, Biden tweeted: “To all these nonetheless in hurt’s method or struggling to cope with the aftermath of those storms and fires — God bless you, preserve the religion. We’re working day and night time to assist — and we are going to get this performed.”

The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) has additionally despatched assets to assist these impacted. On Wednesday, the company mentioned 12 city search and rescue groups had been operational in Louisiana.

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It added: “Ambulance crews are deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi. This contains 53 ambulances and 4 air ambulances staged in Baton Rouge, La., with one extra air ambulance in transit. Right this moment, a further 158 ambulances are anticipated to reach in Louisiana and 140 in Mississippi to help impacted areas.”

“FEMA has staged greater than 4.5 million meals, 3.6 million liters of water, greater than 134,000 tarps and 191 turbines. Fifty-six extra turbines are staged at Maxwell Air Pressure Base in Alabama.” 

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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