WATCH: Gov. Edwards updates Louisiana’s response to Hurricane Ida

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) — More than a week after Hurricane Ida pummeled Southeast Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards continues to tour and update the community on the state’s latest recovery efforts.

Gov. Edwards hosts a media briefing at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy.

Highlights from the briefing include:

  • Gov. Edwards has traveled to 13 parishes since Hurricane
  • Governor says “we have an awful lot of work to do to get people right-side up again
  • Recovery is a “marathon, not a sprint”
  • Louisiana still has five parishes with more than 95 percent of their power still out of service:
    • Terrebonne
    • St. James
    • St. John the Baptist
    • St. Charles
    • Lafourche
  • Louisiana is down to 435,000 customers without power, down from 1.1 million
  • Gov. Edwards signed a proclamation to assist hotels housing first responders and utility workers
  • Travelers should contact hotel before arriving to make sure room is not being used by critical personnel
  • The weather system mentioned previously not a threat to Louisiana
  • Heat Advisory still in effect; poses threat to those still without power
  • Cool front expected later this week should bring relief from heat and humidity
  • State offices to be closed on Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the following parishes:
    • Assumption
    • East Feliciana
    • Jefferson*
    • Lafourche*
    • Livingston
    • Orleans
    • Plaquemines*
    • St. Bernard*
    • St. Charles*
    • St. Helena*
    • St. James*
    • St. John the Baptist*
    • St. Tammany*
    • Tangipahoa*
    • Terrebonne*

* Denotes parishes that will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 10. Note: Ascension Parish is the only parish closed today that will be open on Wednesday.

  • The UCG reports more that 17,000 disaster unemployment claims have been filed. File online by visiting www.laworks.net or by calling the UI Claim Center at (866) 783-5567
  • Weather permitting the Army Corps of Engineers will begin first ‘Blue Roof’ installations on Wed., Sept. 8
  • Residents can sign up for the ‘Blue Roof’ program online at blueroof.us or call (888) ROOF BLU (766-3258)
  • Over 40,000 homes have signed up for the Blue Roof program
  • Two more storm-related deaths reported. Both in St. Tammany
    • One was a 68-year-old man who fell off a roof while making repairs
    • The other was a 71-year-old man who died from a lack of oxygen during power outage
  • Total deaths in Louisiana attributed to Hurricane Ida now at 15
  • FEMA has approved public assistance permanent work for categories C-Z for the following parishes:
    • Jefferson
    • Lafourche
    • Orleans
    • St. Charles
    • St. James
    • St. John the Baptist
    • Terrebonne

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