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Biden adds New York to areas eligible for Disaster Funds after the devastation of Ida

A man looks at a car in the flood after what remains of Ida on Sept.

Mike Segar | Reuters

President Joe Biden has added New York to the list of the greatest disaster areas following the devastation of Hurricane Ida last week.

The move, announced on Monday, releases federal disaster funding to help the storm-hit areas, which cut a swath of the northeast from September 1-3, dropping an average of 3.1 inches an hour and causing dozens of deaths.

In a similar announcement on Sunday, Biden also declared New Jersey a disaster area. Ida is said to have caused at least 27 deaths there and four people are still missing.

The president is expected to leave Manville, N.J. on Tuesday. and visited Queens to witness Ida's damage and various restoration efforts.

One of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the US, Ida struck Louisiana earlier this week before moving north and wreaking havoc in several states.

According to PowerOutage.us, a tracking site, nearly 530,000 Louisians were still without power as of Monday morning.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul estimated that Ida caused more than $ 50 million in damage to the state.

Biden's move will make it possible to support the Bronx, Kings, Queens, Richmond and Westchester counties, the White House said. The evaluations are also ongoing in other areas and counties.

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