President Biden approves New Jersey disaster declaration after flooding & tornadoes brought by Ida

WHITE HOUSE – President Biden declared that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, days after Hurricane Ida caused intense flooding and tornadoes that killed dozens in New Jersey.

Biden ordered Federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected areas – Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset – by the remnants of Hurricane Ida from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, the White House said in a statement.

Hurricane Ida as a category 4 storm is photographed nearing the Gulf Coast of Louisiana from the International Space Station on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The Northrop Grumman Cygnus space freighter attached to the station’s Unity module is seen in the foreground. (Photo credit: NASA)

Relief funds 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. Also included are assistance to State, tribal, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on ‘a cost-sharing basis’ for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in the affected areas.

Damage assessments are continuing throughout the State, and additional counties may be designated for assistance after the assessments are fully completed.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance as of Tuesday, by registering online, or by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired – the toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.

Biden will travel to Manville, New Jersey, and the Queens borough of New York City on Tuesday to assess damage from Ida.

In New Jersey, there were at least 27 confirmed storm deaths and four people missing, a spokesperson for Governor Phil Murphy said on Sunday.

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