Hudson County residents implore President Biden to expand Ida disaster declaration

Residents of some northern New Jersey communities say that they were disappointed to hear that their towns were not included in President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration in Ida's wake.

News 12 Staff

Sep 7, 2021, 9:18 PM

Updated 949 days ago

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Residents of some northern New Jersey communities say that they were disappointed to hear that their towns were not included in President Joe Biden’s disaster declaration in Ida's wake.
The president visited Somerset County on Tuesday to survey the damage that the storm left behind. Somerset is one of the counties included in the declaration. But residents of counties like Hudson and Essex are imploring the president to help them out as well.
“For us not to be included is like negligence,” says Bottles Jersey City owner Andre Persaud.
Persaud says that the store was damaged during the storm and power was lost.
“That’s the bread and butter of the store. If there’s warm beer, nobody wants it,” Persaud says.
Water from the Hackensack River flooded into the store, leaving Persaud to pick up the pieces.
Residents in the county are now left to clean up without federal aid.
“I’ve lived here 21 years…it wasn’t rainwater. It was sewer water because it was green and it was brown. It was horrible,” said one Jersey City Heights resident.
Gov. Phil Murphy was expected to ask Biden to expand the disaster declaration to include all of New Jersey.
Right now the declaration includes Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties.


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