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President Joe Biden to visit area Friday, parish president announces

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish President Jaclyn Hotard announced that President Joe Biden will be visiting the area Friday to observe the devastation left by Hurricane Ida, a storm that state and federal officials have referred to as “one of America’s great disasters.”

Details on the specific location, timeframe and traffic impacts associated with the president’s upcoming visit were not immediately available Thursday afternoon. Updates will be provided.

“We were one of the hardest hit regions with rain, storm surge and wind, so we had destruction on all three levels,” Hotard said. She said the community is resilient, adding, “With prayers and unity, there is nothing we can’t collectively get through.”