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Gov Edwards updates on hurricane response and COVID-19

Posted at 12:46 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 15:46:10-04

Gov. John Bel Edwards will hold a media briefing on Louisiana's response to Hurricanes Delta and Laura,.

Governor Edwards says that he has spoken with FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on the hurricane recovery effort. More is expected in the next several days

Edwards has requested a emergency disaster declaration on Wednesday, The five most impacted parishes are Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermilion

After further assessment completed more parishes are expected to be added

81 weather related road closures are still being worked on. These are mainly in the Rapides and Evangeline Parish area and into Allen Parish. Residents can go to for more

As of today 96 percent of outages have been restored that were reported from Delta. That work was done in less than a weeks time.
Edwards said this work reflects the tireless efforts of crews on the ground working to get Louisiana back online.

More than 8,000 Louisianans are currently sheltering from recent hurricanes. 231 people are evacuees from Hurricane Delta. They are sheltered in Alexandria's mega shelter.

7,697 Laura evacuees sheltered at 12 different hotels in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

1,500 in Texas non-congregate shelters. Those in Texas will be brought back to Louisiana depending on damage they received from both storms. Damage assessments are ongoing to determine who will need continued sheltering and housing options.

Residents in Louisiana should call 2-1-1 or text “LAShelter898211” for evacuation, sheltering and other resources for immediate needs.

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