POTUS to Head to Baton Rouge Tuesday
President Barack Obama will head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following massive flooding in the region on Tuesday.
According to a release posted to the White House website, the president received updates on the situation while in Martha’s Vineyard, including from the DHS Secretary and the FEMA Administrator, who each traveled to the region following the disaster.
The president’s trip follows DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s visit on Thursday, where he is said to have “met with state and local officials, viewed the ongoing response and recovery efforts and visited local shelters where those impacted by the flooding are receiving food and disaster-caused needs.”
“The President is mindful of the impact that his travel has on first responders and wants to ensure that his presence does not interfere with ongoing recovery efforts,” the release states. “He is also eager to get a first-hand look at the impact of the devastating floods, hear from more officials about the response, including how the federal government can assist and tell the people of Louisiana that the American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”
The deadly flooding left more than 40,000 homes damaged and thousands of families struggling to recover after having been displaced.
According to government officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has started to aid people suffering severe damage. It has inspected nearly 1,400 homes and has payed $900,000 with individual assistance of $7.6 million worth of approved disbursement.
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