LAPLACE, La. (BRPROUD) – Governor John Bel Edwards visited Lafourche, Terrebonne, and St. John the Baptist parishes and conduct flyovers of Grand Isle and Lafitte to assess damages from Hurricane Ida.
Following his tour of the damage, he stopped in LaPlace and provided an update to the state on the latest recovery efforts.
He urged people who evacuated southeast Louisiana not to return to their homes yet. Many places are without power, water, or clear roads.
“If you have already evacuated do not return here or elsewhere in southeast Louisiana until the office of emergency preparedness tells you it is ready to receive you,” Gov. Edwards said. “The schools are not open, the businesses are not open, the hospitals are slammed. There’s not water in your home and there’s not going to be electricity.”
He said 80% of the rescues yesterday took place in St. John the Baptist Parish. In some areas, the water has not receded and people are stuck in their homes.
With the power out for large portions of southeast Louisiana and the heat index being in the 100’s the governor warned people to be mindful of how the weather is impacting them. He said to look for places with power or cooling stations to get out of the elements.
FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell said it is going to be a long road to recovery. Since the President approved the Major Disaster Declaration people will be able to apply for FEMA aid. She said people should go to disasterassistance.gov to register their home’s damage.
The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff warned people of possible fraud going on as people try to get assistance.
The governor went on to tour more of the state and reminds people there are still 30 shelters open around the affected parts of the state.