President Donald Trump offered to help those affected by the destructive impact of Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 hurricane that hit mainly the cities of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Orange, Texas.
President Trump described it as the “strongest hurricane to hit Louisiana and Texas in 150 years. But the path was a little bit lucky, so we were a little bit lucky,” and the destruction was less than expected, the White House reported on Aug. 29.
“So we took the declaration of emergency. We gave it to Governor [Greg Abbott of Texas] immediately. And Dan [Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick] called about that as well, and I appreciate that call,” Trump recalled about part of the administrative process followed in an emergency.
President Trump promised funding to the mayors of the affected areas, including Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter. Sixteen people died in one of the worst hurricanes to hit the area.
“We will supply what we have to supply, and you know what that is,” the president said, according to the New York Post.
He also reported on immediate deliveries made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“It has already delivered 400,000 liters of water and 250,000 meals. We have worked with the private sector to restore power to the remaining 200,000 residents, and they believe power will be restored,” Trump said.
Abbot also recalled that while the hurricane was passing by he got the call from the president at 1 a.m., and then they talked again the next morning about what happened with Hurricane Laura.
Authorities evacuated 10,000 people from all over the state, and put them up in some 3,300 hotel rooms, according to the White House.
Among other damages, there were more than 350,000 power outages in 35 counties. Of the 171 affected drinking water systems, 111 have already been repaired.
A video shows the impact suffered by a building in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which lost almost all its windows due to the destructive power of Hurricane Laura, according to the Hurricane Tracker App tweet, @hurrtrackerapp.
“Many windows were blown out of this building in Lake Charles, LA. #Laura”
— Hurricane Tracker App (@hurrtrackerapp) August 27, 2020
A normal hurricane season generates about 12 named storms and six hurricanes.