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US: Biden authorizes aid for New Jersey and New York due to Hurricane Ida

US: Biden authorizes aid for New Jersey and New York due to Hurricane Ida

Residents of six New Jersey and five New York counties that were affected by the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Ida.
President Joe Biden approved major disaster declarations on Monday, giving the green light for federal aid to be shared among residents of six New Jerseyans and five New York counties affected by devastating flooding last week. remnant of Hurricane Ida.

At least 50 people died in six states on the east coast of the United States after record rains overflowed rivers and sewer systems. Some people were trapped in basements and cars that quickly flooded, or were swept away while trying to escape. The storm also caused several tornadoes.

Biden is scheduled to visit New Jersey and New York City on Tuesday to review damage from the storm, the White House reported. The storm killed at least 27 people in New Jersey and 13 in New York City.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, during a visit to flood-damaged areas in Lambertville on Monday, said Biden's declaration will allow individuals to receive assistance, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-income loans. cost to cover uninsured property losses.

A current emergency declaration issued last week allowed state, local and county governments to obtain reimbursement for disaster expenses, Murphy said.

Meanwhile, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said a first assessment found that the storm affected more than 1,200 homes and some $ 50 million in damage to public infrastructure and property. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said damage to the city's infrastructure was estimated at $ 35 million.

In New Jersey, the disaster declaration covers Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset counties. In New York, it allows individual assistance to people from the Bronx, Queens, Kings, Richmond and Westchester counties.

Murphy said he would speak with Biden during his visit about adding more counties to the declaration.

SOURCE: Associated Press

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