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Trump visits hurricane survivors

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/29/20, 10:40 pm

Officials in Orange, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., discussed their rebuilding plans with President Donald Trump during his visit to the storm-ravaged cities on Saturday. Hurricane Laura hit the communities as a Category 4 storm last week, leaving many residents without power or running water, with restoration potentially weeks away. Sixteen people died as a result of the storm, more than half of those from carbon monoxide poisoning due to the unsafe operation of generators.

What did Trump say about the recovery? The president met with emergency officials and relief workers in both cities and toured damaged neighborhoods. In Louisiana, he stopped by a warehouse used by the Cajun Navy to commend the volunteers who help with search and rescue after hurricanes and floods. “I’m here to support the great people of Louisiana. It’s been a great state for me,” Trump said in Lake Charles. “It was a tremendously powerful storm.” He said he knows one thing about the state: “They rebuild it fast.”

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Kim Henderson’s report about Florida’s recovery from Hurricane Michael in 2018.


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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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