Biden Surveys Damage Caused by Hurricane Ida in New Orleans

President Joe Biden talks with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng as he arrives at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, La., Sept. 3, 2021, to tour damage caused by Hurricane Ida. (Evan Vucci/AP)

President Joe Biden traveled to New Orleans Friday to survey damage caused by Hurricane Ida, meet with local leaders and demonstrate the federal response to the storm that made landfall in Louisiana before devastating much of the northeastern United States.

“We came because we want to hear directly from you all, what specific problems you’ve been dealing with,” Biden told local officials in hard-hit LaPlace, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans.

In LaPlace, local officials spoke with the president about the destruction in the region and the long-term impact the storm would have in the area.

Biden told the officials — including Gov. John Bel Edwards, the CEOs of local hospitals and the energy company Entergy, members of Congress and local parish presidents — that he thought it was important to rebuild damaged infrastructure in a more resilient manner, whether it meant placing power lines underground or making roofs stronger.

“This storm has been incredible, not only here but all the way up the East Coast,” Biden said.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Ben Gittleson

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