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Biden heads to Puerto Rico to look at carnage left by Hurricane Fiona and will announce $60 million in recovery funds: At least 100,000 residents STILL without power after two weeks
- President flies to Puerto Rico on Monday to review hurricane damage
- Hurricane Is Latest Storm Destroying Island’s Electricity Grid
- Power has been restored to 90 percent of the island, officials say
- Biden plans to announce $60 million for levees and flood control systems
- The president visits Florida on Wednesday
- Him and Gov. Ron DeSantis have worked together in disaster relief
- New focus on Lee County decision to delay evacuation
- Officials still assess massive destruction in Florida
President Joe Biden is making the first of two out-of-town trips to see storm-ravaged American communities as he visits Puerto Rico Monday in a rush to respond to massive storms that have enveloped US territory and Florida.
The president, who will leave Washington Monday morning, will tout new help from the mainland for storm protection after Hurricane Fiona ravaged the island last month while showing sympathy for storm victims on US soil.
On Wednesday, he heads to Florida, where officials are still measuring the massive impact of Hurricane Ian, with a death toll already rising to 87.
“Our hearts, to say the obvious — it can’t be obvious — are heavy from the devastating hurricane and storms in Puerto Rico, Florida and South Carolina,” Biden said Saturday in DC at an event for the Congressional Black Caucus. .
“We owe Puerto Rico a lot more than they’ve already received,” he said.
A flooded street can be seen after the passage of Hurricane Fiona in Salinas, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 19, 2022. President Joe Biden will visit the island Monday and plans to visit Florida on Wednesday to view storm damage from Hurricane Ian
He plans to announce $60 million in aid, with funds coming from the infrastructure bill already passed, to “strengthen levees, strengthen flood walls and create a new flood warning system to better prepare Puerto Rico for future storms.” Reuters reported. .
The funds are a fraction of what lawmakers will seek for a general emergency aid package, with Florida driving the push for aid.
Fiona took out much of the island. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says power has been restored to 90 percent of the island.
As a result, about 137,000 are without power on an island with 1.5 million customers and 3.2 million people.
Biden Will Continue His Twin Journeys Watching Devastation On Florida’s West Coast
Ian destroyed Fort Myers. The devastation has prompted a look back at provincial officials’ decision to postpone the evacuation by a day
“We owe Puerto Rico a lot more than they’ve already received,” President Biden said on Saturday
The storm has prompted a focus on Biden and Florida Gov’s ability. Ron DeSantis to work together during the recovery phase
Former President Donald Trump threw rolls of paper towels into a crowd of San Juan during his 2017 visit after Hurricane Maria destroyed the island’s infrastructure
“We see what you’re going through, and we’re with you,” Biden said.
The last U.S. president to visit the island was Donald Trump, who clashed with Democratic elected officials on the island, throwing rolls of paper towels into a crowd of San Juan during a 2017 visit after Hurricane Maria toppled the island.
Florida’s two GOP senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott took to the airwaves Sunday to push for funding, though Rubio had to defend his vote against emergency funding to respond to Hurricane Sandy as it devastated New York and parts of the Northeast. .
On Sunday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke about the massive destruction in Fort Myers, which appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I don’t think it has a comparison, not in Florida,” he said.
“Fort Myers Beach no longer exists,” said Rubio, who has been a senator from the Sunshine State since 2011. “It needs to be rebuilt,” he continued. “It’s going to be something different. It was a piece of old Florida you can’t recapture.’