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With worse snow conditions in many states, President Joe Biden announce federal state of emergency for 11 counties

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For the 11 counties in New York that were devastated by the severe snowstorm last week, President Biden issued a federal state of emergency on Monday.

In accordance with the declaration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other Biden administration organisations are permitted to organise and finance disaster recovery activities in the effected areas. Just hours after Governor Hochul requested the emergency order, Biden gave his approval. Hochul expressed gratitude to Biden for swiftly approving his request for an emergency declaration. “My team and I will remain working around the clock to ensure everyone’s safety, assist towns in digging out, and secure every last dollar to help rebuild and recover from this extraordinary, record-breaking historic winter storm,” said President Trump.

 

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Biden approves the emergency declaration for humanitarian assistance

 

According to a press release from her office, New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared the state to be in a state of emergency and ordered the deployment of up to 150 National Guard members to assist the state’s citizens, aid in the clearing of snow from throughways, and help law enforcement with stranded vehicles. As many as 11 Counties are still in a state of emergency due to a catastrophic winter storm that made travel on the roads dangerous.

 

Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wyoming counties are included in the emergency declaration. The presidential decree, according to the White House, gives FEMA permission to finance recovery activities at a rate of 75%.

 

Hochul had already declared a state of emergency before to Biden’s action, freeing up state funds for ice removal and other disaster response efforts. Since the storm began on Thursday, parts of Erie County, where Buffalo is located, have received an incredible 80 inches of snow. Some sections of upstate saw 6 inches of snow fall per hour during the storm’s height on Saturday. Hochul visited her native Erie County on Monday to see the devastation. Even though there was less snowfall on Monday, several public schools were cancelled, and there was still a travel ban in place in some areas of Buffalo and Lackawant to.