President Trump visited Louisiana and Texas on Saturday afternoon to survey damage caused by Hurricane Laura. At least 14 people were killed in the area and the big damage produced was estimated at $12 billion. More than 400,000 were without power on Saturday morning and 200,000 without water, officials said. The president spoke to first responders, local leaders, FEMA and DHS officals and members of the press. “I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana, it’s been a tremendous state for me. I love the people,” Trump said. He did not directly connect that to climate change when asked.
Saturday is the 15th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall as a Category 3 storm and devastated New Orleans with an estimated $160 billion in damage. But Hurricane Laura was bigger when it hit the Gulf Coast even if it left a little number of victims (14 compared to 1,836 people). The White House has declared a major disaster in several parishes in Louisiana – which will mean federal funds can be sent to the hardest-hit areas urgently. “You came together and you rebuilt. America helped,” he said. “And here we are today, and you’re going to have this situation taken of very, very quickly,” President Trump concluded. The President then departed for Orange, Texas. Thousands of Texans lost power, and at least four people died in the state from the storm, according to reports.