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‘Awful lot of work to be done’ - Gov. Edwards provides latest on Ida recovery efforts

Published: Sep. 6, 2021 at 5:15 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 4:44 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards was joined by several state officials for a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 7, to update the public on the state’s latest recovery efforts following Hurricane Ida.

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Edwards said the number one priority is recovery. There are still more than 400,000 customers across the state without power. He added the Army Corps of Engineers will begin installing “blue roofs” to homes on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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He also mentioned the most recent deaths attributed to the storm.

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There were lots of questions for a Louisiana Department of Health representative after he announced licenses were revoked at seven nursing homes that were evacuated to a warehouse shelter where seven people died.

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Edwards also talked about a request from Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin to reschedule the October 9 election to November 13 and move the November 13 election to December 11. The governor said he has not yet made a decision on the request.

“With a number of deadlines forthcoming, such as voter registration deadlines, and early voting set to commence in less than three weeks, I am calling on Governor Edwards to approve rescheduling the October 9 and November 13 elections,” said Ardoin. “A number of issues stemming from Hurricane Ida’s devastation, including questions about nursing home operations, postal service delivery, extensive power outages, polling location damages, and election commissioners and staff members still displaced, would make holding the election on its original dates virtually impossible without impairing the integrity of the election.”

The Secretary of State’s Office added a number of election officials and civic groups have expressed support for rescheduling the elections.

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