Biden announced he provided the state with $100 million in direct assistance to citizens and promised to support any and all communities until they recovered. This comes as reports on Saturday said the Louisiana death toll in the aftermath of Ida had risen to a dozen people.
“There’s nothing political about this,” he expressed. “It’s just simply about saving lives and getting people back up and running.”
Tune in as I deliver remarks on our response to Hurricane Ida from LaPlace, Louisiana. https://t.co/UAzpgKhchH
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 3, 2021
Reports said more than 60 people lost their lives in total due to the storm that moved across several states, including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he expects to see the number increase, pointing out residents are relying on generators for power. So far, the generators have been blamed for at least four carbon monoxide deaths.
Hurricane Ida reportedly was the fifth most powerful storm to hit the U.S. and the recovery process could take quite some time. Additionally, Edwards announced on Sunday that officials are also tracking another tropical weather system moving toward the Central Gulf.