The residents and business owners affected by the flood can apply for a series of federal grants, loans, and programs after Biden’s statement: Flood is a disaster in New York City.
Last week, following catastrophic flash floods caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, President Joe Biden approved a major disaster statement in New York City and its surrounding areas.
The storm brought historic rainfall to large areas of northeastern Massachusetts from Philadelphia to Massachusetts, and it hit the New York City metropolitan area particularly severely.
Biden scheduled a visit to hit areas
The entire area was in a flash flood emergency for most of Wednesday night, and Central Park recorded more than 3 inches of rain in just one hour. Flash floods turned roads into rapids, flooding houses and apartments.
Biden is scheduled to visit the two hardest-hit areas on Tuesday-New York City and Manville, New Jersey to investigate the damage.
The disaster statement covers Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Westchester counties in New York and Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Pasek, and Somerset in New Jersey County.
This means that residents and business owners affected by flooding and other damage can apply for a series of Federal Emergency Management Agency programs to clean up, repair, and obtain temporary housing.
On Sunday, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul stated that Wednesday’s storm caused at least $50 million in damage; the state needs to prove at least $30 million in damage to obtain an approved disaster statement.
New Jersey dollar amounts are not available-Ida’s true cost in the tri-state area may not be known for some time. But the statement issued on Sunday did not include some areas that were damaged during Ada.
In New Jersey-Hudson County was excluded from the disaster declaration, prompting Jersey City Mayor Steven Flop to summon Governor Phil Murphy.
“Hudson County is not on this list. It is absolutely crazy/shameful,” he tweeted among his fellow Democrats. “The storm we are experiencing is as severe as any New Jersey county with a higher population density.
I urge you to work with our federal representatives to resolve this issue.
Fulop added that the infrastructure losses in Jersey City alone amounted to $35 million, which is higher than the threshold for declaring a disaster.
Murphy visited the flood-damaged area of Lambertville on Labor Day and said that Biden’s major disaster statement will allow individuals to receive assistance, including temporary housing and home repair grants and low cost to make up for the loss of uninsured property loans.
He added that he will discuss with Biden during the visit to add other counties to the major disaster statement.
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