Posted: Jun 21, 2010 6:26 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Jun 21, 2010 7:13 PM
A group of about 20 mayors from the United States Conference of Mayors toured the coast near Lafitte Monday morning and promised to come together to help their fellow mayors in the Gulf.
"This is an American crisis," said Santa Barbara, California Mayor Helene Schneider. "We want to make sure they get the tools they need to clean up and start the recovery effort."
Schneider promised to advocate for mitigation money and supplies to help clean the oil-laden waters.
"I think it's our job as mayors to go back to our communities and educate others what we've learned here today," said Schneider.
At the conference last week, the group passed a resolution asking President Obama to establish a special task force to help the Gulf.
"This is an all-out call to the nation to understand the magnitude of this disaster that's happening here," Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden said. "Unless we all unite and make this a number one priority in this country, then people are gonna suffer needlessly."