Governor John Bel Edwards toured New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell’s city-run resource center for Hurricane Laura evacuees on Friday.
The evacuee resource center at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is where people displaced by Hurricane Laura and sheltering in New Orleans can go for federal and local relief assistance. It services 10,000 evacuees.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to be down here and to see what we’ve known for several days now, and that is the tremendous reception that New Orleans has given to these evacuees,” Governor Edwards said at a media conference at the Morial Convention Center. “Fifteen years almost to the day after Katrina hit New Orleans and sent New Orleanians across the state, and across the country looking for shelter, it is great to know we are being good neighbors to one another. It is truly astonishing to see how much has taken place here, and I want to thank the mayor for that.”
“They wanted to make sure the people felt welcomed here from the time they arrived,” Edwards continued. “And to make sure their lives were made just a little bit better, a little bit more comfortable.”
As of Friday, Edwards says, there are 11,679 people from southwest Louisiana sheltering in 37 hotels. Most of them are sheltering in New Orleans hotels.
“You welcomed over 10,600 fellow Louisianans. You are taking care of 400 to 500 of them every day here,” Edwards said. “More than 2,000 thus far… it is truly inspirational.”