State Sen. Troy Carter and State Rep. Walt Leger III are offering help to New Orleans East residents affected by the devastating tornado that hit that area Feb. 7, they said Monday.

Carter is leading an effort to collect donations at several locations for those affected, with help from State Rep. Wesley Bishop, who represents parts of the East.

Meanwhile, Leger, a lawyer, will work with legal organizations Louisiana Appleseed, Louisiana Civil Justice Center, the Louisiana State Bar Association and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, to provide legal help with housing, insurance, contractor and government programs.

The tornado, the strongest twister in recorded history to touch down in Orleans Parish, damaged more than 600 properties and left thousands without power. Carter and Leger are only the latest politicians in recent weeks to offer help for people affected. 

"I am committed to lending my time and talents to helping those impacted by the tornadoes,” Leger said. “If one part of our city is suffering, we are all suffering.”

The drop off locations for Carter’s initiative are at Carter’s office on 3401 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, We Dat’s Chicken & Shrimp at 1407 Canal St., Guste Homes Resident Management Corp. at 1301 Simon Bolivar Ave., and Families Helping Families on 7240 Crowder Blvd., Suite 200, according to a statement from Carter’s office.

Both politicians are Democrats who are expected to enter the New Orleans mayor’s race this October. Carter’s district chiefly covers Algiers and Belle Chasse, while Leger’s district covers parts of Uptown, Central City and the Irish Channel.

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