The disaster claimed the lives of 14 people
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday visits areas of the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas affected by Hurricane Laura, which left them without electricity or water.
Fourteen people died when a Category 4 storm passed through the area on Thursday night. More than half of them were poisoned with carbon monoxide due to the improper operation of electric generators.
First, Trump will visit the town of Lake Charles in Louisiana, which has been severely affected by Laura. A large part of the city’s population, which is home to about 80,000 people, was left without water, the Louisiana Department of Health said.
Lake Charles Mayor Nick Hunter said water treatment plants were “seriously damaged” and said he could not give a timeline for restoring power.
Trump will also visit neighboring Orange, Texas, a city of more than 18,000 people located in an area where the economy depends on chemical plants. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the area was extremely lucky when Laura turned slightly east, which did not result in the “deadly” storm surge that forecasters had predicted.
The day before the damage assessment trip, Trump issued a declaration declaring Louisiana a disaster zone, allowing federal funds to be allocated to five counties that were in the path of Laura.
After the International Electrical Union welcomed the connection of nearly 20,000 line workers to efforts to restore power in hurricane-hit areas, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted, “In times of crisis, our best qualities as Americans are often shown, and we see it right now, after Hurricane Laura.”
“Thank you to all of our emergency services who are working around the clock to help people get back on their feet,” Biden added.