In Mississippi, people wait in line at the entrance of a grocery store in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday.
Thousands of people are living in shelters and waiting to return to their homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Matthew caused water rationing and rationing shortages.
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Water rationing in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama has eased, but many residents are still rationing food.
John Bel Edwards said in a statement that there is no reason for residents to be concerned about their water supply, but he did say, “there is no way to ensure that no one gets sick or that we have a steady supply of water.”
He also said the state is “committed to providing as much water as possible for our citizens and the millions of others who need it.”
Edwards said that if the water does not become available on Monday, he would be seeking a waiver from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that would allow water authorities to release water only to the extent they have to.
Morgan Carroll said she’s been monitoring water levels closely and that if there is a shortage of water, the state will provide water to its residents.
Carroll said that during Hurricane Matthew, water officials were “taking precautions” to avoid a situation where people were forced to drink tap water.
She said she thinks the people of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana were not informed of the severity of the situation before they started rationing their water.
A total of 8.8 million people have been impacted by the flooding and drought that has plagued parts of the Mississippi Delta region since Matthew slammed into the region in late September.
Floodwaters have blocked highways, and the storm has led to the deaths of at least 15 people in Louisiana and Mississippi.
Bill White said on Wednesday that he has asked FEMA to help with the relief effort and that he wants the state to have as much time as possible to repair its infrastructure.
The governor said he will travel to Mississippi to meet with the governor and state officials to assess the damage to infrastructure and the people affected by the floods.
Carol Carroll said that after meeting with officials in Louisiana about the state’s response to the flooding, she said she would also be visiting the state.
She’s asked that residents there not go without water until they can return to a steady water supply.
“We want to make sure we’re ready to come back, and we’ll be there when we do,” she said.
Caroline Carroll said her family’s grocery store, The Fresh Market, will reopen on Sunday after a month of water rationed.
She also said that she wants to bring the people who have been displaced to Baton Rouge for their first meals.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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