Edwards on Laura: ‘Long road’ to rebuild southwest Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Power crews are working to restore electricity across storm-devastated Louisiana, road crews are clearing debris and thousands of tarps are being distributed to patch over wrecked roofs.

But Gov. John Bel Edwards cautioned his state’s residents Wednesday to be realistic about “the long road ahead of us” to recover from Hurricane Laura.

State officials say more than 230,000 utility customers in Louisiana remain without power, and 175,000 people face water outages.

Edwards urged people, particularly in hardest-hit southwestern Louisiana, to follow the guidance of their local authorities on when it’s safe to return home and stay there.

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