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Hurricane Laura: Trump visits areas hit, death toll rises to 15

Hurricane Laura: Thousands lack power, water as clean-up begins ‘I Want a Little Power’: Trump Jokes FEMA Declaration Signing Pens Could Be Sold On Ebay For ‘$10,000’
Bennie Garza | 31 August, 2020, 04:23

Trump visited Texas and Louisiana Saturday to offer his support after Category 4 Hurricane Laura slammed the coast on August 27, leaving thousands without water and power.

He said: "I never even boarded up my windows".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has so far delivered some 2.6 million litres of water and 1.4 million meals to residents displaced by the storm, Mr Trump said.

"Our entire backbone of our power system is down", he said.

The first stop on Trump's trip was Lake Charles, La., which had no power when he arrived to debris, downed trees and damaged buildings.

Saturday is the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall as a Category 3 storm and devastated New Orleans.

On Friday Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, enabling the state to access FEMA relief funding.

The president was at Lake Charles fire station for a briefing on Hurricane Laura's impact, which has killed 14 people and left vast numbers of people without electricity.

Laura hit Louisiana on August 27 with winds as high as 150 miles per hour and over nine feet storm surges in some places, leaving hundreds of thousands without water.

Trump was greeted in Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, as well as by Senator Ted Cruz and Representatives Brian Babin and Randy Weber. "And here we are today, and you're going to have this situation taken of very, very quickly".

Donald Trump signed autographs for people impacted by Hurricane Laura and told them they could flog them on eBay for $10,000 (£7,500).

"With Katrina, people heard more about it because the levees broke", he said.

The president then departed for Orange, Texas, another area hit hard by the hurricane earlier this week, where he was met with a round table of members of his own administration, members of Congress and local public officials.

But some Louisiana residents and environmental advocates say the lack of solid government information on the state of the air is typical.

"I think those are the two prime things that, especially in Louisiana, they're fighting with: getting their power restored and getting that water turned on so people can return to their homes", explained FEMA administrator Peter Gaynor. Since 2005, we have actually seen storms magnify in much shorter quantities of time, bringing more water faster than the thresholds around which our neighborhoods have actually been developed.

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