Immediately following the RNC, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was invited to tour Louisiana by Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) to view the aftermath and glad hand the locals outside the local U.S. Post Office.
One of those residents was Jodie Chiarello, 42, who lost her home in Isaac’s flooding.
“He just told me to, um, there’s assistance out there,” Chiarello said of her conversation with Romney. “He said, go home and call 211.” That’s a public service number offered in many states.
Chiarello said she will likely seek some other shelter because her home was submerged in the flooding. She expressed frustration about the town’s lack of flood protection.
“We live outside the levee protection that’s why we get all this water because they close the floodgates up front and all they’re doing is flooding us out down here,” she said. “It’s very frustrating, very. We go through Katrina and Rita and now we’re going through Cindy, Lee and now Isaac.” ThinkProgress 9/1/2012
The White House earlier announced that President Barack Obama will tour damaged Louisiana areas on Monday. Jindal said he invited the president and that the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency had already visited.
The Obama administration has already released federal aid after the region was declared a disaster area.