President Biden To Visit Flood-Ravaged Areas Of Queens And New Jersey


President Joe Biden is anticipated to go to elements of Queens and New Jersey the place flooding from Tropical Storm Ida left a large swath of destruction and killed dozens of individuals in a single day Wednesday. His go to marks his first official cease to New York Metropolis as president.

The White Home issued a press launch Saturday saying Biden will go to Queens and Manville in Somerset County, New Jersey on September seventh. The discharge didn’t specify the place in Queens Biden is planning to go to.

Residents of Manville in Somerset County suffered widespread flooding after an estimated 10 inches of rain fell in three hours, and several other houses and companies burned down in fires. NJ.com reported that “the Raritan River…hit 26.85 toes at 6 a.m Wednesday in Manville, greater than 12 toes over its flood stage of 14 toes.” The state’s loss of life toll from the storm was 25, officers stated Saturday, with six individuals reported lacking.

The devastation from Ida was felt all through Queens, the place 11 individuals have been reported killed, together with a two-year-old in Woodside and an 86-year-old girl in Elmhurst. Most of the deaths occurred within the borough’s usually unregulated basement dwellings — in Jamaica, a 43-year-old mom and her 22 year-old son died after turning into trapped in a basement condo on 183rd road the place the street sloped downhill. Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated metropolis officers will implement journey bans, door-to-door efforts to evacuate basement residents, and specifically directed telephone alerts sooner or later.

Greater than 1,000 individuals have been rescued in Queens in the course of the flooding, and practically 500 autos have been left deserted, police stated. Two different individuals died within the metropolis from the floodwaters.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul introduced that Biden authorized an Emergency Catastrophe Declaration for counties affected by the torrential rains and flooding, together with all 5 boroughs of New York Metropolis.

“As Downstate areas get better from this excessive climate occasion, I’ve requested and secured an Emergency Catastrophe Declaration from the federal authorities that may assist present localities with funding and aid within the preliminary restoration efforts. I’ll proceed to induce the federal authorities to expedite the injury evaluation course of to supply all of the federal sources accessible to make sure New Yorkers get what they should get better from this historic storm,” Hochul stated in a launch Friday.

This go to to New York Metropolis might be Biden’s first as president. In an deal with on Thursday, Biden stated that he had “made clear to the governors that my staff on the federal emergency administration company, FEMA, is on the bottom and able to present all the help that’s wanted.”

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