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President Joe Biden speaks at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters on Sunday during Hurricane Ida's landfall.

President Joe Biden will get an up close look at the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida on Friday when he plans to spend most of the day touring southeast Louisiana, the White House said Wednesday.

Details of the visit have yet to be finalized, but the president plans survey the disaster zone, where the monster storm came ashore with 150 mile per hour winds that stayed at hurricane force through much of its day-long trip Sunday through the Bayou country, over the River Parishes, and into the Florida parishes. Biden will meet with state and local leaders from impacted communities.

“We are pleased that the president recognizes the importance of seeing firsthand the damages throughout the state of Louisiana," said U.S. Rep. Troy Carter, the Democratic congressman who represents parts of New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the River parishes that were most severely impacted by the storm.

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, also was thankful for the president’s visit “to help him understand the magnitude of the situation here in southeast Louisiana. We know from bitter experience with Hurricane Laura that aid can be delayed too long.”

Hurricane Laura similarly hit Lake Charles last year at this time, before Biden was president. Recovery and supplemental aid to southwest Louisiana has been slow in arriving.


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