Daily US Times: President Joe Biden will survey damage in parts of the northeast that suffered catastrophic flooding due to Hurricane Ida, and use the muddy backdrop to call for federal spending to fortify infrastructure so it can better withstand such powerful storms.
The US president is set o tour New Jersey, Manville and the New York City borough of Queens on Tuesday.
At least 50 people were killed in six Eastern states as last week’s record rainfall overwhelmed sewer systems and rivers. Some people were trapped in cars and basement apartments, or were swept away as they tried to escape. The heavy storm also spawned several tornadoes. The damage of the storm is yet fully known.
New Jersey has recorded More than half of those deaths, 27.
13 people were killed in New York City, including 11 in Queens.
President Biden’s visit follows a Friday trip to the state of Louisiana, where Hurricane Ida first made its landfall, killing at least 13 people in the state and plunging New Orleans into darkness. Power in the state is being slowly restored.
Manville is almost always hard-hit by major storms. It is situated along New Jersey’s Raritan River.
It was the scene of catastrophic flooding in 1998 as the Tropical Storm Floyd swept over New Jersey.
It also sustained serious flooding during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Irene in 2011.