LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)
By KPLC Staff:
Louisiana Republican Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr is asking for President Obama's trip to the Gulf Coast to include a visit to Cameron Parish to see the ongoing recovery efforts from Hurricane Rita.
President Barack Obama says he will pay a mid-October visit to Gulf Coast areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Obama also signed an executive order Tuesday that extends for six months the federal office in charge of coordinating recovery and rebuilding efforts in the region. That office was initially established in November 2005. Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, killing more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The area is still cleaning up, rebuilding and recovering from more than $40 billion in property damage caused by the hurricane. Hurricane Rita hit a month later near the Texas-Louisiana border, causing billions more in damage.
No word whether President Obama plans to visit Southwest Louisiana.