The federal authorities will bankroll all storm restoration efforts in Puerto Rico for a month, President Biden introduced Thursday, because the island continues to reel from Hurricane Fiona’s direct hit final weekend.
“I’ve licensed 100% — 100% federal funding for particles removing, search and rescue, water restoration and shelter and meals for the entire month,” the president instructed reporters on the Federal Emergency Administration Company’s regional headquarters in downtown Manhattan earlier than a closed-door storm briefing.
Biden was joined for the briefing at FEMA’s 1 World Commerce Heart workplaces by Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul, each of whom allotted metropolis and state assets for restoration efforts in Puerto Rico earlier this week.
Hochul’s administration dispatched 100 state troopers to the island, whereas Adams has despatched a smaller staff of emergency responders, together with members of the NYPD, to assist out.
Hochul and Adams didn’t converse throughout the temporary public portion of Thursday’s briefing.
Biden stated it’s incumbent on his administration to have Puerto Rico’s again, provided that many residents of the U.S. territory nonetheless haven’t absolutely recovered from 2017′s Hurricane Maria, which killed practically 3,000 folks.
“To the folks of Puerto Rico who’re nonetheless hurting from Hurricane Maria 5 years later, they need to know that we’re with you,” he stated. “We’re not going to stroll away. I imply it.”
Fiona struck Puerto Rico with super drive on Sunday, dumping upward of 30 inches of rain over the course of hours, leaving total sections of cities submerged in water.
The storm additionally knocked out electrical energy throughout Puerto Rico, and plenty of components of the island remained with out energy Thursday. 4 Fiona-related deaths have been reported on the island.
The storm has additionally slammed into the Dominican Republic and was on monitor to hit Bermuda late Thursday.
Fiona isn’t projected to slam into New York, however might deliver life-threatening surf and rip tides domestically over the weekend, based on the Nationwide Hurricane Heart. The storm is anticipated to barrel out over Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Canada on Saturday or Sunday, projections present.