On Thursday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) toured Lake Charles, an area battered by Hurricane Laura a year ago. Edwards was reviewing recovery efforts one year after the hurricane-damaged homes and businesses that include casinos.
In a statement, Edwards said that the state is appealing to Washington DC for a $3 billion for full recovery from Hurricane Laura. Edwards further affirmed that the money might be available in the next month.
One anniversary after the turbulent Hurricane Laura, another tropical storm is forming in the Caribbean. The storm is expected to develop into a hurricane as it churns northward towards the Gulf of Mexico. Early tracking indicates it could also hit the Southern Louisiana coastline.
Edwards has urged residents to prepare for the storm that could rapidly intensify. Hurricane Laura was a Category 4 hurricane and reached a speed of 150 mph. It was the most powerful storm to hit Louisiana since 1856, causing death and destruction on its path.
The Isle of Capri riverboat casino wasn’t spared either. It was damaged by being slammed into the 1-10 bridge. Luckily, the riverboat was unoccupied, and no one was injured. Due to the destruction by the hurricane, Isle of Capri has been transformed into a land-based property.