Hochul urges Biden to approve major disaster declaration for flood-stricken New York

Two days ahead of President Biden’s scheduled visit to flood-stricken areas of Queens, Governor Kathy Hochul asked the commander-in-chief on Sunday to approve a major disaster declaration for the borough and other areas hardest hit by the rainy remnants of Hurricane Ida.

The declaration would open the door for New York to receive numerous federal resources as individuals, businesses and governments recoup and rebuild from the damage caused by the flash floods that occurred between Sept. 1-2. The assistance includes emergency protective measures, debris removal, repairs, and direct monetary aid for residents and homeowners.