Biden Declares Disaster State In New York, Orders Federal Aid

President Joe Biden has ordered federal aid to New York after declaring a major disaster in the state.

The aid will supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Ida, including the counties of Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond and Westchester, the White House said Monday.

Assistance can 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.

Federal funding also is available to State, tribal, and 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 counties of Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, and Westchester.

Meanwhile, down south, more than 500,000 people were without power across Louisiana Monday.

In Jefferson Parish, over 148,000 customers have no lights or air conditioning. More than 45,000 people in Livingston Parish and Ascension Parish were experiencing outages, while 3,277 in Baton Rouge were in the dark.

Ida destroyed 22,000 power poles, more than hurricanes Katrina, Zeta and Delta combined. More than a million people experienced days without power during the storm. Biden visited Louisiana last week.

Nearly 50 people died in the Northeast due to major flooding caused by the storm. Biden is scheduled to visit New York and New Jersey to survey the damage this week.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at or by calling 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.

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