Biden to Survey Ida's Storm Damage in Louisiana on Friday

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President Joe Biden volition sojourn Louisiana connected Friday to survey the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and talk with section and authorities leaders, the White House said Wednesday. Biden volition besides present a code Thursday outlining his administration's effect to the storm.

Ida was the 5th astir almighty tempest to onslaught the U.S. erstwhile it deed Louisiana connected Sunday with maximum winds of 150 mph (240 kph), apt causing tens of billions of dollars successful flood, upwind and different damage, including to the electrical grid.

More than 1 cardinal homes and businesses successful Louisiana and Mississippi were without powerfulness aft Ida toppled a large transmission operation and knocked retired thousands of miles of lines and hundreds of substations. New Orleans was plunged into full acheronian astatine 1 point; powerfulness began returning to the metropolis connected Wednesday.

White House property caput Jen Psaki said Biden “absolutely would not” sojourn Louisiana if his beingness would instrumentality distant from alleviation efforts.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards suggested the sojourn would beryllium important for the president to recognize the demolition by seeing the wide harm for himself.

“There’s thing rather similar visiting successful person,” Edwards told reporters Wednesday pursuing a briefing with section elected officials successful Jefferson Parish, which took nonstop blows from Ida. “When you spot it for yourself, it is conscionable truthful overmuch much compelling.”

Asked what benignant of assistance helium planned to petition from Biden, Edwards said, “Quite frankly, the database is going to beryllium very, precise long.” But helium said a precedence would beryllium for a lodging programme to assistance radical rebuild.

The White House says Biden has been getting regular updates connected the tempest and its aftermath. He has held respective league calls with governors and section officials to sermon preparations and needs aft the storm, and has received briefings from FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

FEMA had sent tons of supplies, including generators, tarps and different materials to the portion earlier the storm, and national effect teams are moving connected hunt and rescue.

Authorities blasted the tempest for astatine slightest six deaths.

A unit rescued a cattle that had been trapped successful a histrion aft it was caught up by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Ida.

Biden's travel Friday to the Gulf portion volition headdress a hard agelong for the president, who oversaw the chaotic exit of the U.S. subject fromAfghanistan aft a 20-year engagement. That included the deaths of 13 U.S. work members helping evacuate much than 120,000 Americans, Afghan allies and others fleeing beingness nether Taliban rule.

As Ida bore down connected the Gulf Coast connected Sunday, Biden was astatine Dover Air Force Base successful Delaware to witnesser the instrumentality of the remains of the 13 U.S. servicemen and women who were killed successful termination bombing past week astatine Afghanistan's airdrome successful Kabul, wherever the evacuations were taking place.

Associated Press writer Melinda Deslatte successful Baton Rouge, La., contributed to this report.

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