Biden plans to journey to New Orleans, the place the storm knocked out energy for days.
Electrical energy started returning to town on Wednesday, however most residents remained with out on Wednesday, as did about 40 p.c of the state.
Biden “wouldn’t go if it could take away from aid efforts,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki advised reporters in Washington.
The journey is being deliberate in coordination with leaders on the bottom “to make sure it’s the appropriate time to go,” she added.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards advised reporters in Jefferson Parish that he was knowledgeable of Biden’s deliberate go to.
“I do admire the truth that he’s going to return as a result of there’s nothing fairly like visiting in particular person,” the Democrat stated.
Requested what he would request of the president, Edwards stated it could be an extended record that features ensuring there’s a everlasting housing program for southeast Louisiana.
“Making requests on the similar time he sees the utter devastation that has occurred right here, I believe it could be higher obtained. And so the timing is essential as effectively,” he stated.
Ida hit on Sunday and wreaked havoc on cities and cities alongside the Gulf Coast in Louisiana earlier than transferring into Mississippi and inflicting issues there.
It later weakened however nonetheless dumped rain on states to the north like Maryland and New York, leaving at the least 9 lifeless.
Biden has been following the progress in cleansing up after Ida, in line with the White Home, sharing a name with Bel Edwards and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, and talking with CEOs of the vitality corporations.
The federal authorities has despatched staff to help with the restoration efforts, together with tools like mills to assist residents take care of the lack of energy and dependable fuel and meals provides.
In New Orleans, there have been nonetheless neighborhoods with out energy on Wednesday as residents have been compelled to remain house at night time because of a curfew imposed by native officers.
Emergency calls have been about 185 p.c above regular as staff tried to reply, officers stated in a briefing within the metropolis.
“We’re seeing great progress each day and anticipate to proceed to see that all through immediately,” Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, advised reporters.