The disaster claimed the lives of 14 people.
US President Donald Trump on Saturday visited areas of the Gulf Coast in Louisiana and Texas affected by hurricane Laura, which left them without electricity and water.
Fourteen people were killed when a category four storm passed through the area on Thursday night. More than half of them were poisoned by carbon monoxide due to the improper operation of electric generators.
First, Trump visited the city of Lake Charles in Louisiana, seriously affected by “Laura.” A significant part of the city’s population, where about 80 thousand people live, 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 time frame for restoring power.
Trump also visited 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 that the area was fortunate when Laura turned slightly to the East, which did not cause the “deadly” storm surge that forecasters predicted.
The day before the trip to assess the damage, Trump issued a Declaration declaring Louisiana a natural disaster zone, which allows Federal funds to be allocated to five counties that were in the path of “Laura.”
After the international Union of electricians welcomed the connection of nearly 20,000 line workers to efforts to restore power in areas affected by the hurricane, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted: “In times of crisis, our best qualities as Americans often show up, and we’re seeing that right now, after hurricane Laura.”
“Thank you to all our emergency services who are working around the clock to help people get back on their feet,” Biden added.