Get Comfortable – LA Gov. Edwards to Evacuees: ‘Don’t Come Home’
Man, Shreveport/Bossier City is packed! Just like during major hurricanes of the past that require mass evacuations from the coast, our neck of the woods is a pretty prime spot for folks looking to lay low from the wrath mother nature loves to throw Louisiana's way. That being said: Ida was not an ordinary hurricane.
So far (fingers crossed) the number of fatalities is relatively low. According to the Washington Post, 4 total deaths (2 in Mississippi and 2 in Louisiana) can be directly attributed to the storm. The damage to property and infrastructure is a different story altogether.
With power out to more than a million homes and businesses in the New Orleans area alone and close to 441,000 people have no running water - hospitals, traffic & street lights, 911 call centers and so many other extremely vital things are basically non-existent right now. Because of that alarming fact, Governor John Bel Edwards is asking residents who fled the storm not to come home - indefinitely.
According to the report from the Guardian, our governor had more instructions for Louisiana's evacuees. During his Tuesday press conference, Edwards had this message for residents:
...do not return here or elsewhere in south-east Louisiana until the office of emergency preparedness tells you it’s ready to receive you.
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