President Biden to survey Ida storm damage in New York City, New Jersey

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Saturday, September 4, 2021
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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- President Joe Biden plans to travel to New Jersey and New York to survey the damage left behind by remnants of Ida.

After his trip to Louisiana, the president announced on Saturday that he will make his way to Manville, New Jersey and Queens, New York City on Tuesday, September 7.

This comes after remnants of Ida brought devastating and deadly flooding across the New York City Tri-State area during the week.

The historic flooding claimed the lives of 13 people in New York City, many of whom lived in illegally converted basement apartments in Queens.

As a result, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a task force and more drastic storm response plan to avoid such catastrophes in the future.

Meanwhile in New Jersey, Ida's flooding claimed the lives of at least 25 people, with six people still missing across the state, and the death toll is likely to rise.

One of the town's Biden is planning to visit is Manville, where fires broke out in swamped homes and businesses Friday, many of which were inaccessible to firefighters because of Ida's floodwaters. Authorities suspected gas leaks triggered by the flooding fed the flames.

Another four people were killed in Westchester and one in Connecticut.

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