Gov. Edwards gives update on state’s recovery efforts

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Thousands of Louisiana residents are still in the dark as the road to recovery continues. Governor John Bel Edwards said things are getting better “and we can be thankful for that especially with the restoration of electricity.”

As many continue to sit in the dark, heat is the biggest killer in Ida’s aftermath.

“We’re at 26 storm-related deaths right now. We consider a death to be storm-related if in the respective coroner’s estimation the death reasonably would not have occurred had it not been for the storm,” said Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter.

Relief efforts are now stretching across the state.

“It is not lost on anybody here at the state level and certainly not on our local partners just how many people continue to suffer because of the aftermath of Hurricane Ida,” said Edwards.

Ida’s impact is also now trickling down to the state’s election.

“The elections that would have been held on October the 9th will now be held on November the 13th and the general elections for run-offs that would have been held on November 13th will now be held on December 11th,” said Edwards.

As thousands work to rebuild during dark times. The governor is hoping for brighter days ahead.

“There are many families out there who are still hurting and I hate that my heart aches for everybody and we’re going to work every single day to make it through,” said Edwards.

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