Biden tours disaster zones

US President Joe Biden has visited neighborhoods in the New York area flooded by what was Hurricane Ida. The storm cut through much of the country last week. At least 69 people were killed.

The President visited a town in the state of New Jersey that was swamped. The storm ignited gas lines. The floodwaters prevented firefighters from getting through. Homes and businesses burned to the ground.

Biden met with residents of a neighborhood in New York whose homes and cars were flooded. He signed disaster declarations to help them rebuild and renewed his calls for more federal spending on infrastructure.

Last Friday, the President toured areas of Louisiana, where the hurricane first landed. Hundreds of thousands of residents are still without power. Biden is promising to make the power grid, roads and drainage systems more resilient, to better prepare for the future.