WATCH: Gov. Edwards assess damages from Hurricane Ida, gives update on recovery for Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards will continue his visit to parishes that have been impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Tangipahoa parish President Robby Miller says they are working hard to get things back up and running. He asks residents to abide by the burn ban issued by the parish.

On Thursday, Gov. Edwards visited St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Tangipahoa parishes with local officials.

  • 91% of residents in Tangipahoa are without power
  • all 4 shelters in Tangipahoa are full, only 3 has power
  • 200 parish roads are currently closed due to storm debris
  • 25 state roads are closed
  • Hospitals are open, but there is a staffing shortage
  • National Guard has rescued 390 Louisianans

Gov. Edwards addressed the 4 nursing home deaths in the parish. He says according to the coroner, 3 of the deaths were storm related ranging from ages 50 to 80. Edwards continued saying that regardless if there was a mandatory evacuation, nursing home workers are expected to ensure safety and care for the vulnerable residents.

Currently there are 8 refineries not functional in Louisiana, which is the reason for the lack of fuel in the state. Gov. Edwards says that he is seeking out other options and solutions to get fuel to the state and reached out to the White House for help as well.

As of today, 3,425 Louisianans are currently in shelters across the state.

Tomorrow, President Joe Biden will visit Louisiana to see the impact from Hurricane Ida. Edwards thanked the President for signing the emergency declaration for the state of Louisiana.

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