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Watch President's Visit to Southwest Louisiana

State Highway 27 leading to Cameron Louisiana is seen in Creole Louisiana State Highway 27 leading to Cameron Louisiana is seen in Creole LouisianaAAP
Melba Vasquez | 31 August, 2020, 08:39

President Trump toured the hurricane damage in southwest Louisiana where he saw devastation in most neighborhoods.

More than 400,000 power outages were reported across Louisiana as of Saturday morning and another 88,000 were reported in southeast, Texas, according to poweroutage.us, which tracks utility reports.

At the end of a press conference with FEMA officials in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Saturday, he signed autographs for city officials and first responders. Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without water and power.

The president is making the trip two days after the Category 4 storm slammed the Gulf Coast, leaving at least 14 dead and wreaking havoc with severe winds and flooding.

Mr Trump noted that many residents were without power and therefore also without air-conditioning, with temperatures and humidity climbing.

Donald Trump met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, US lawmakers and federal agency officials following Hurricane Laura which left 15 dead.

Hurricane Katrina, which hit Louisiana in August 2005, caused the widespread failure of the levee system protecting low-lying New Orleans. Katrina ranks not only the costliest-ever US hurricane, but as the most expensive natural disaster in the country's history, according to NOAA. After a powerful tornado hit Alabama past year and killed almost two dozen people, Trump spent time with families who had lost loved ones, listening to their stories and hugging them.

"You are helping Texas to rebuild", Trump told the governor.

"You came together and you rebuilt".

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said Friday that the storm's whipping winds pushed so much water ahead of it, that the Neches River in Texas reversed course.

He began the briefing by noting the damage to Louisiana, saying the state "went through something pretty bad".

Texas has requested the EPA's help overall looking for any so-far undiscovered hazardous air releases after the hurricane, but Louisiana, with the exception of the chlorine plant fire, has not, EPA spokesman James Hewitt said.

"I don't think that you got anything like that, so that's good", Trump said of the damage Texas faced in comparison to Louisiana.

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