In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help

In aftermath of Hurricane Laura, residents worry about help”

While the storm surge has receded and the clean up effort has begun, hundreds of thousands remain without power or water - a situation officials say could continue for weeks or months as the hot northern summer stretches on.

President Donald Trump tours damage from Hurricane Laura, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Lake Charles, La.

He later travelled on to nearby Orange, Texas, via helicopter, to inspect conditions from the air and ground.

Mr. Trump vowed assistance for both cities, saying in Texas that "we've never seen anything like" the force of the storm. "It was a tremendously powerful storm".

After the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers applauded almost 20,000 line workers Friday for joining power restoration efforts in hurricane-damaged areas, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden tweeted, "Times of crisis often bring out our best as Americans - and we're seeing that right now in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura".

Edwards said Laura was the most powerful hurricane to strike the state.

Hurricane Katrina, which hit Louisiana in August 2005, caused the widespread failure of the levee system protecting low-lying New Orleans.

During the slightly more than two hours he spent in the city, Trump met with officials and relief workers but not with any of the residents whose homes had been ripped apart in the storm. The president said Gaynor had done "a hell of a job".

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Investors have been concerned by the company's debt, largely due to delays and cost overruns at the Louisiana plant, including from heavy rainfall in 2017 due to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Trump has sometimes struggled with his role as consoler in chief, failing to project empathy when visiting places hard hit by tragedy and disaster.

"You are helping Texas to rebuild", Trump told the governor. In Orange he visited the county's emergency operations center for an update on the government response.

Edwards has said Laura was the most powerful hurricane ever to strike his state, surpassing even Hurricane Katrina, which was a Category 3 when it hit nearly exactly 15 years ago.

More than 400,000 power outages were reported across Louisiana as of Saturday morning and another 88,000 were reported in southeast, Texas, according to, which tracks utility reports.

The Lake Charles Chemical Complex has seven manufacturing units and produces products used in the manufacture of soaps, detergents and cosmetics as well as speciality chemicals used in thickeners and pharmaceuticals.

Trump made the trip after the four-day Republican National Convention that ended Thursday, and after holding a rally in New Hampshire on Friday night.

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