Today, President Biden traveled to Manville, New Jersey, and Queens, New York, today to survey storm damage from Ida. He met with families, first responders and local officials in the Northeast, days after he visited Louisiana — where the storm first made land fall before traveling northeastward — on Friday.
In addition to the 22 Ida-related deaths in Louisiana, there have been at least 52 storm-related deaths in the Northeast, spanning Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Here's what to know tonight:
- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said five parishes across the state still have more than 95% of customers without power following Hurricane Ida. That accounts for more than 430,000 people as of Tuesday afternoon.
- Some of the areas of the state hit hardest by Ida could be looking at more than three weeks before power is restored, CNN has reported.
- The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says "four people have died of carbon monoxide poisoning and 141 people have been treated for inhalation of the deadly, odorless gas since Hurricane Ida."
- New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the post-Ida storm damage in Queens, New York, a “cataclysmic weather event," adding the recovery effort will continue and that state and local officials are “in this for the long haul” to get support for residents.
- Queens Borough President Donovan Richards says he wanted Biden on his visit “to see the devastation first hand, the pain that many of our residents are facing right here in Queens county" and for the federal government to "deliver" on federal intervention to update infrastructure.
- Mamaroneck, New York, Mayor Tom Murphy said some homes in the town were submerged in 12 feet of floodwater and hundreds of people remain displaced from their homes and are currently staying in shelters.
- New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said it will take "months more likely than weeks" to rebuild in the state.
- In remarks today, Biden warned that the current spate of extreme weather events requires immediate intervention, making a continued pitch for his sweeping infrastructure plan. The President said he asked local officials how they plan to rebuild in the wake of these storms.
- Biden urged people to start taking the threat of climate change seriously and listen to the experts who say this is a "code red" situation, saying the US and the rest of the world are "in peril."
- The Biden administration called on Congress to appropriate more than $14 billion to aid with recovery and “unmet needs” from recent natural disasters, including wildfires and storms, plus at least $10 billion to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.