Biden to tour damage caused by Hurricane Ida in Queens, New Jersey

Biden to tour damage caused by Hurricane Ida in Queens, New Jersey

President Biden on Tuesday will travel to the Northeast where at least 50 people were killed in devastating flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, with stops in Queens and Manville, N.J., to survey the carnage. 

The president, who approved disaster declarations for both states, will arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport at 11:05 a.m. and then travel to Manville.

 Residents sort through damaged and destroyed items after a night of heavy rain and wind caused many homes to flood on September 2, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
Queens residents have ripped into politicians for not doing enough to warn New Yorkers about preparing for the approaching storm.
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He’ll then return to Queens where 13 people died after Ida’s torrential rains produced flash floods that poured into basement apartments, trapping the residents. 

In Manville, residents dealt not only with catastrophic flooding but also explosions caused by gas leaks that leveled a banquet hall.

Biden will meet with officials at the Somerset County Emergency Management Training Center in Hillsborough Township at 12:15 p.m. before touring a neighborhood in Manville at 2:10 p.m. and departing an hour later.

The remains of a home that burned still smolders in Manville, N.J.
Biden will visit Manville Tuesday, where the remains of this home still smolders after the storm.
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The president will then travel to Queens – arriving at 3:55 p.m. – where he will visit a yet-unnamed community at 4 p.m. and deliver remarks about his administration’s response to Ida before leaving John F. Kennedy International Airport for Washington, D.C., at 6 p.m.

Angry Woodside residents ripped into other Democrats as they surveyed flood damage — including Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Mayor Bill de Blasio — for not doing enough to warn New Yorkers about preparing for the approaching storm and then blaming climate change.

“There was absolutely no warning. I wasn’t expecting water from my own drain to be the one that’s going to kill me,” Danette Rivera. 47, told The Post on Monday as she stood outside her Woodside home.

A satellite image shows houses along Boesel Avenue submerged in flood water in Manville, New Jersey
Manville was submerged in flood water after the storm.
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Biden last Friday toured parts of Louisiana where Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 storm and where thousands are still without power amid the devastation.

He took the opportunity to tout his infrastructure package that also includes programs to curb climate change.

 A flooded basement level apartment stands in a Queens neighborhood that saw massive flooding and numerous deaths following a night of heavy wind and rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida
This basement level apartment was in Queens was heavily flooded from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
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“Hurricane Ida is another reminder that we need to be prepared for the next hurricane and superstorms that are going to come, and they’re going to come more frequently and more ferociously,” Biden said last Friday.

A Manville Police Officer
A Manville Police Officer stands guard near the remains of a house that exploded due to severe flooding from Ida in Manville, NJ.
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