Biden Declares New York Disaster Area After Ida Damage

By Charlie McCarthy    |

A person sorts through belongings from their flooded home in a Queens neighborhood that saw massive flooding and numerous deaths following a night of heavy wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on Sept. 03, 2021 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden has declared New York a major disaster area and ordered federal assistance for recovery efforts in the locales affected by Hurricane Ida.

Biden’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester, the White House announced Monday.

The president previously made a similar announcement regarding New Jersey.

Biden planned to visit to Manville, New Jersey, and the New York city borough of Queens on Tuesday to assess storm damage.

Ida, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever to strike the U.S. Gulf Coast, hit Louisiana about a week ago before moving northeast and causing intense flooding.

Biden’s declaration means assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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