By The Newsletter 05
As last reported Hurricane Ida, on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, made landfall as a massive storm.Knocking out power in New Orleans and surrounding areas, blowing off roofs and flooding the suburbs.
While the state and local officials assessed the devastated Louisiana cities.New Orleans was spared from some major flooding.
Due in part from the federal government pumping in 14.5 billion in projects designed to protect the city from flooding as the storm surges. However, some black families in the suburbs such as La Place, which is unfortunately near Lake Pontchartrain to the west, were not so lucky.
Due to the surge of Ida, the wind speed indeed drove water into the lake’s western edge causing flooding to La Place. I watched footage as many of our black families struggled through dangerous waters from their homes.
I also saw people of color being evacuated by trucks through the flood streets.Now, I ask myself why weren’t the lake protected?
Then as I research a report from ABC News, I finally got my answer.It was just so devaju as my black people struggle once again after a devastated hurricane.
Work just recently started on a levee project to protect the 29, 000 plus residents of La Place, LA, and other surrounding communities outside of New Orleans.But here it goes people, the project is not projected to be completed until 2024.
So, in my mind, all the government cared about is the city. So the many blacks outside of that are suffering right now?
It has me thinking by 2024, we probably experience a million more storm surges.
I would hate to think that some of the suburbs with well to do blacks and low income blacks, will have to face devastated homes all too often. According to NBC online, residents are still trapped in their homes, in La Place, and are pleading for aid. One woman took to Twitter asking people to help her.
State rep. Randal Gaines, who represents St Charles and St John the Baptist parishes, described the damage as catastrophic.He had gone on to say it was the worst he had seen in 20 years.
I am praying for all the residents, including the blacks who don’t have anywhere to turn.I am hoping aid gets to all that needs it.
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