More than 2-1/2 feet of rain fell on parts of the state in the worst U.S. disaster since 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. At least 13 deaths have been attributed to flooding and more than 60,000 homes have been damaged.
“Sometimes once the flood waters pass people's attention spans pass. This is not a one-off. This is not a photo op issue. This is, how do you make sure a month from now, three months from now, six months from now, people still are getting the help that they need. I need all Americans to stay focused on this. If you are watching this today make sure you find out how you can help. You can go to VolunteerLouisiana.gov or you can go to FEMA.gov or you can go to WhiteHouse.gov and we will direct you how to help.”
You can watch the President speak here...
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The urgency of this catastrophe is only underscored by the fact that many of the residents affected by the damaging floods waters did not have flood insurance.
Although the President was criticized last week for not cutting short his vacation to go to the flooded state many of Louisianians exclaimed that the president’s visit showed that "he cares and the federal government cares about what we are going through,”
Despite Obama’s visit Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who was in Louisiana on Friday, said on Twitter...
“President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!”
Trump's tweet ignores the fact that Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards had asked Obama to delay his visit because it would have tied up local and state law enforcement resources needed elsewhere.
Even Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, a Republican, dismissed the debate saying “I’m just glad he’s here,” as he hoped Obama’s visit would bring hope to the state’s residents.