LAPLACE, La. (AP) — Less than a week after Hurricane Ida battered the Gulf Coast, President Joe Biden walked the streets of a hard-hit Louisiana neighborhood and told local residents, “I know you’re hurting, I know you’re hurting.”

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During his Friday visit, Biden pledged robust federal assistance to get people back on their feet and said the government already had distributed $100 million directly to individuals in the state in $500 checks.

But many people, he said, don’t know what kind of help is available because they can’t get cell phone service.

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