Friday, October 15, 2021

Biden investigates storm damage in New York and New Jersey after deadly flooding

Hillsboro, New Jersey-On Tuesday, President Joe Biden accused climate change, inspected the deadly flooding in the Northeast, and said he was considering all those who suffered “serious” losses from the powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida family.

Biden was in New Jersey at the time and planned to visit New York City to investigate the consequences and call for federal spending to strengthen infrastructure to better protect people and property from future storms in the area and beyond.

Biden said in a briefing at the Somerset County Emergency Management Training Center: “All parts of the country and the country are affected by extreme weather.” Federal, state, and local officials attended the briefing, including New Jersey Governor Phil. · Murphy.

Biden said that the threat of wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other extreme weather must be addressed in ways that mitigate the destructive effects of climate change.

He said: “We cannot completely reverse the situation, but we can prevent it from getting worse.” Biden added that for decades, scientists have been warning that this day will come and urgent action is needed.

“We don’t have more time,” he said.

Biden’s plan to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure construction nationwide is awaiting consideration by Congress.

“I hope to see the issues that we will be able to solve permanently through the infrastructure bill,” he said as he left the White House.

On the way to the briefing, Biden’s motorcade drove through a block where piles of damaged furniture, mattresses and other household items were stacked outside the house. This route also includes many supporters of former Republican President Donald Trump, who show signs of opposition to Biden.

Speaking of personal disasters, Biden said: “The losses we are witnessing today are profound. … My heart is with all the families affected by the storm and all the families that have lost their loved ones.”

At least 50 people were killed in six eastern states as record rains flooded rivers and sewer systems last week. Some people were trapped in fast-filled basement apartments and cars, or were washed away when they tried to escape. The storm also spawned several tornadoes.

More than half of the death toll, or 27, occurred in New Jersey. In New York City, 13 people were killed, 11 of whom were in Queens.

Biden’s visit came after his trip to Louisiana on Friday, where Hurricane Ida first made landfall, killing at least 13 people in the state and plunged New Orleans into darkness. Electricity is slowly recovering.

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Manville is located along the Raritan River in New Jersey and is almost always hit by major storms. In 1998, when the remnants of tropical storm Floyd swept across New Jersey, catastrophic flooding occurred here. It also suffered severe flooding after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Biden has approved a major disaster statement to provide federal assistance to people in six New Jersey counties and five New York counties affected by devastating flooding. White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said he is willing to apply the statement to other storm-ravaged New Jersey counties.

Both Murphy and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the affected communities during part of Labor Day. Dean Criswell, the former director of emergency management in New York City and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined the mayor.

Biden also used his appearance in Louisiana to promote his plan, which is pending in Congress, to spend $1 trillion to modernize roads, bridges, sewer and drainage systems, and other infrastructure to enable it Better to withstand the attack of big storms.

Past presidents were defined in part based on how they dealt with such crises. During his short presidency, Biden experienced several weather-induced emergencies, the first being the ice storm in February that caused Texas The power grid is malfunctioning. He has also been monitoring wildfires in the west.

The White House tried to portray Biden as the commander of the federal government’s response to these natural disasters, letting people know that he would regularly get the latest news from his team, and keep in touch with the governor and other elected officials in the disaster-affected area.

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