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Biden approves disaster funds for NJ, NY after Ida flooding

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A man walks through a flooded Van Buren Street on September 02, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency due to Tropical Storm Ida which caused flooding and power outages throughout New Jersey as the Northeast was hit by record rain and tornadoes. Numerous deaths in New York and…

President Biden on Monday approved disaster funds for New Jersey and New York after the states were hammered with flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The declarations make federal aid available to 11 counties between the two states that were severly impacted by last week’s flooding.

Biden approved a disaster declaration for New York on Sunday, making federal funds available to the counties of Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond and Westchester, the White House announced on Monday.

The White House separately announced Sunday that Biden approved a disaster declaration to help the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.

At least 50 people were killed across six states in the East as the remnants of Ida caused record rainfall and flooding, according to The Associated Press. At least 27 people in New Jersey were killed, and 13 in New York City.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) office said in a statement Sunday that the storm caused over $50 million in damage to public infrastructure and property, and that 1,200 homes suffered damage.

Jersey City Mayor Sten Fulop said on Twitter that the city’s preliminary estimate for damage to the city’s infrastructure was $35 million. This does not include personal damage to homes and businesses.

 

Biden spoke with Hochul and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) on Thursday. The president will visit the two states on Tuesday to survey the damage from Ida.

The president visited Louisiana on Friday to tour the devastation from Ida, where the death toll from the storm was at least 12.

Tags Emergency declaration federal funding flooding Hurricane Ida Joe Biden Kathy Hochul New Jersey New York
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