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Biden approves emergency declaration in Louisiana for saltwater intrusion that threatens New Orleans

  • President Joe Biden has declared a federal emergency due to saltwater intrusion in the Mississippi River, which is threatening New Orleans' water infrastructure. This comes after the saltwater entered the drinking water of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana.
  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards requested the federal emergency declaration to access funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Edwards expressed gratitude to the Biden administration for prioritizing the request and providing quick assistance to South Louisiana.
  • The saltwater surge poses a significant risk to residents, hospitals, businesses, and more, potentially leading to a loss of adequate water access. The New Orleans City Councilmember Joseph Giarrusso expressed concerns about the impact, especially on poorer neighborhoods.
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