“Hurricane Ida moved slowly via Louisiana inflicting catastrophic wind harm and flooding in quite a few parishes and leaving almost 1,000,000 individuals statewide with out electrical energy, which specialists say it’ll take weeks to revive,” stated the delegation.
“Presently, many communities stay with out entry to consuming water, meals, gasoline, and fundamental wants, whereas temperatures stay in extra of 100 levels.”
The letter got here from Republican Sens. John Kennedy and Invoice Cassidy, together with a number of Home members – and Reps. Clay Higgins, R, Steve Scalise, R, Mike Johnson, R, Garret Graves, R, Julia Letlow, R, and Troy Carter, D.
The congress members added that whereas the total extent of injury was unknown, Congress ought to present “substantial and strong emergency appropriations.”
“We’re writing you now to warn you to the necessity for Congress to supply emergency supplemental appropriations to deal with Hurricane Ida and the storms from final yr, as was carried out following Hurricane Katrina,” the letter learn.
“With out substantial and strong emergency appropriations from Congress to vital unmet wants accounts just like the CDBG-DR [Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery] program, Louisiana households will proceed to languish on account of these devastating storms.”
In seven parishes, at the very least 95% of shoppers remained with out energy Thursday. Solely 35,000 of the 405,000 properties and companies in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish had energy Thursday, in keeping with the poweroutage.us web site. Statewide, about 900,000 prospects have been with out electrical energy, down from about 1.1 million on the top of the seventh named storm to hit Louisiana for the reason that summer season of 2020.
On Thursday, Biden tweeted: “To all these nonetheless in hurt’s approach or struggling to cope with the aftermath of those storms and fires — God bless you, maintain the religion. We’re working day and evening to assist — and we’ll get this carried out.”
The Federal Emergency Administration Company (FEMA) has additionally despatched sources to assist these impacted. On Wednesday, the company stated 12 city search and rescue groups have been operational in Louisiana.
It added: “Ambulance crews are deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi. This contains 53 ambulances and 4 air ambulances staged in Baton Rouge, La., with one further air ambulance in transit. Right this moment, a further 158 ambulances are anticipated to reach in Louisiana and 140 in Mississippi to assist impacted areas.”
“FEMA has staged greater than 4.5 million meals, 3.6 million liters of water, greater than 134,000 tarps and 191 turbines. Fifty-six further turbines are staged at Maxwell Air Power Base in Alabama.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.