HOUMA, La. (BRPROUD) – Governor John Bel Edwards spent Friday in Houma, one of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ida. This is his second assessment after the storm.
Edwards says recovery for Terrebonne Parish will take time. One of his biggest concerns is housing.
Thousands are still living in hotels or with friends and family. The governor says he is relying on federal assistance to help find people a safe place to live until they can return home.
“We’re stepping up now on the housing solution needed for the short term and long term. For example, I asked for transitional system shelter assistance. There are 11,000 families who are booked into hotels, actually 31,000 family members in hotels, we got 3,000 in shelters,” he said.
That includes housing for first responders working to restore power and bringing in new fuel supplies.
Edwards says the utilities in Terrebonne Parish have never seen such severe damage to their transmission infrastructure and distribution infrastructure in more than 80 years.
Despite the devastation, Edwards says he is happy to see some people in Houma returning safely and choosing to help out their neighbors.
“I just ask people to be mindful that this is the strongest storm to make landfall in the state of Louisiana,” Edwards said.
FEMA assistance is available here.