Biden declares major disaster in Florida, releases funds for Hurricane Ian-ravaged state

BREAKING NEWS – Biden declares major disaster in Florida: President releases funds for Hurricane Ian-ravaged state

  • The president has declared a ‘major disaster’ in Florida
  • Will make federal funding available for at least nine affected counties
  • Grants will help homeowners and business owners recover from the storm
  • Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday and left 2.5 million people without power

Joe Biden declared a “major disaster” in Florida early Thursday morning after Hurricane Ian made landfall, leaving 2.5 million people without power.

The president’s statement makes federal funding available to nine Gulf Coast counties in the Sunshine State. Funding could include assistance with temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to help cover uninsured property, among other programs.

The cost of repairing and rebuilding homes from storm damage could cost up to $260 billion, according to real estate experts CoreLogic.

Grant programs available through federal funding could also help individuals and business owners recover from storm damage, the White House noted in a statement on the major disaster declaration.

President Joe Biden declared a ‘major disaster’ in Florida on Thursday morning

Hurricane Ian smashes its way through Florida, leaving a devastating trail of destruction in its wake as dozens of people remain trapped in their flooded homes and two million are without power

Hurricane Ian smashes its way through Florida, leaving a devastating trail of destruction in its wake as dozens of people remain trapped in their flooded homes and two million are without power

Hurricane Ian smashes its way through Florida, leaving a devastating trail of destruction in its wake as dozens of people remain trapped in their flooded homes and two million are without power

The formidable hurricane slammed into shore with catastrophic force Wednesday afternoon as a Category 4 storm, bringing sustained winds of 150 mph and blasting homes with an 18ft wall of water In certain regions.

Cleanup efforts won’t begin for some time as much of Florida remains underwater.

Fire crews and police were inundated with calls from people trapped in flooded homes. Others are posting calls on social media for themselves or loved ones to be rescued after choosing to ride out the storm at home rather than heed evacuation orders from Governor Ron DeSantis and FEMA.

Rescue teams have been unable to reach those seeking help so far due to fierce winds and flooding, according to the GOP governor.

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