BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with St. Charles official toured the damage after Hurricane Ida.
For the past 24 hours, St. Charles has been working to clear roadways, restore phone lines, and power. They have successfully restored water on the East bank, however they remain on a water boil advisory.
St. Charles President Matthew Jewell says starting next week, debris removal will begin in St. Charles, in effort to get residents back into their homes. Tree removal officials says there is about 1 million cubic yards of debris in St. Charles Parish.
Jewell says that he has experienced every hurricane to hit St. Charles parish and none of them compares to Hurricane Ida. He says St. Charles roads are open and if you are self-sufficient, you are welcome to return to your home.
He says that heavy law enforcement presence will be out patrolling the streets to prevent crimes and looting.
“Our jails are empty and they have air conditioning,” said Jewell.
“We want you back, if you can take waiting in long lines, we welcome you back home, roadways are open and we want you back home,” said Jewell.
They are actively working to open distribution centers for resources on the east bank.
Gov. Edwards says President Joe Biden will be in Louisiana on Friday to survey the damage left by Hurricane Ida.
“Eyes on the damage, not seeing it on TV will be beneficial, and we are happy to have the President here in Louisiana,” said Edwards.
Gov. Edwards says all residents should remain patient as officials are working to restore Louisiana and to wait and take orders from the parish officials. He reminded the residents to register and apply for FEMA assistance by going to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/.
Updates on recovery efforts will be posted St. Charles parish official website and social media pages.
St. Charles parish remains under curfew from dusk to dawn.