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Louisiana Governor Edwards talks Hurricane Laura recovery with Beauregard Parish leaders

Micah Pickering
Beauregard Daily News

Governor John Bel Edwards paid a visit to DeRidder on Thursday to meet with many local leaders about their needs and concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

After the closed door meeting, Edwards spoke briefly to the Beauregard Daily News. Edwards touted the hard work put in by local leaders in Beauregard Parish.

“Well first of all they [Beauregard Parish residents] are being extraordinarily well served by their local leaders here,” Edwards said. “Whether they are first responders, police jurors, OEP directors, sheriff's deputies, you name it they [Beauregard residents] are really well served. They are served well by the faith community as well.”

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Edwards vowed that he was going to work hard to see life return to normal in Beauregard Parish and across the state.

Edwards said: “We are going to do everything we can to restore as much normalcy as soon as possible.”

The Governor also expressed just how unprecedented Hurricane Laura was, and how much hard work will go into the recovery process:

“I just want everyone to understand just how catastrophic the damage was, and how widespread it was from Cameron Parish, literally all the way to Ouachita,” Edwards said. “We have never had hurricane force winds in Ouachita Parish before. So we’ve got a lot of work to do. We are in it for the long haul. We are going to be at it every single day. Hopefully people are going to see progress being made every day, and their lives become much more normal very soon.”

Cutline: Governor John Bel Edwards met with local leaders on Thursday afternoon.

After the meeting Beauregard Parish Police Jury President Mike Harper said he thought the meeting went well, and that Edwards was receptive to the needs of the parish.

“I think the Governor tuned into our needs here,” Harper said. “I really felt like he was genuine and that he will go back and try to speed up the process and make things start happening for us.”

Among the many in attendance were law enforcement from the state, parish, and local municipalities. mayors, police jurors, and numerous other elected officials.