UPDATED 1:54 PM PT – Monday, September 6, 2021
New York and New Jersey were granted to receive much needed federal aid as they have struggled to recover from Hurricane Ida. Joe Biden issued disaster declarations in both states on Sunday and approved federal aid for the hardest hit areas in the region.
The storm killed dozens of people in the northeast, while destroying multiple homes and public infrastructure. FEMA officials said the federal aid could be used for temporary housing, home repairs and to help businesses recover from the disaster.
“What we saw today was absolutely heartbreaking, the amount of damage and destruction that these families have experienced,” expressed Deanne Criswell of FEMA. “The president has declared a major disaster declaration for this area.”
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 5, 2021
Biden has scheduled a visit New York and New Jersey on Tuesday to survey the storm damage.