The president of United States, Joe Bidenapproved the emergency declaration for the state of new yorkthe most affected by the storm elliotto facilitate the federal aid necessary to alleviate its effects and care for those affected, the White House reported in a statement.
With this statement the Biden Administration approves federal aid to state government and the locals to face the consequences of this severe storm that has caused the death of at least fifty people throughout the country, 27 of them in the northwest of the state of NY.
The president thus authorized the Department of the Interior Yet the Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate the actions that are necessary to face this situation and “alleviate the adversity and suffering” caused by the temporary.
USA trying to recover from the ravages caused by the arctic front who has taken the lives of more than 50 personshalf in the Buffalo, New York area.
The storm elliotdescribed as “once in a generation” by the National Metereological Service (NWS), has caused frigid temperatures from the Great Lakes, near Canada, to the Rio Grande (also called Rio Grande), on the border with Mexico.
The heavy snowfall and the hurricane force winds They have left thousands of people trapped in their homes and on the roads, thousands of passengers stranded on Christmas Eve due to the cancellation of flights and thousands of homes without electricity due to the collapse of the electrical infrastructure.
Earlier, the governor of New York Kathy Hochul called for a state of emergency to be declared Y added that although the situation is better, they are still expected to fall between 15 and 30 centimeters of snow in southern Erie Countywhose capital is the city of Buffalo.
“The situation is not as bad as it has been in the last couple of days, but it is still a dangerous situation to be out. Stay home until tomorrow,” insisted Hochul, who described the storm as “once in a generation.”
According to local authorities, there are still 12,000 homes without electricity in the city, where four electrical substations were damaged by the passage of the storm.
The mayor of Buffalo, Byron BrownHe assured that his house was one of those that suffered power outages and explained that he was at 4 degrees Celsius with several members of his family, including two minors.
Brown also made reference during his speech to the existence of looting in the city and the arrest of some people.
“We fully understand the difficulties that so many families are going through and the frustration they are facing. There are 18 dead in Buffalo: in the streets, they became disoriented and died; people who died in cars and in houses,” Brown said before stressing that it is a “very difficult and dangerous” situation.
Since Wednesday night, the United States has been hit by this rare intensity storm, whose polar winds have brought heavy snowfall, especially in the region of the great lakes.
Freezing temperatures were recorded in 48 US states over the weekend, including Texas communities along the border with Mexico, where some recently arrived migrants were having difficulty finding shelter.
Tens of millions of Americans had their Christmas upended by massive power outages, impassable roads and thousands of canceled flights, causing chaos at airports.
Monday, about 3,500 flights remained canceled in the United States.
The weather is expected to gradually improve as the week progresses.
The extreme weather “will continue to cause hazardous travel conditions locally for the next two days,” the National Weather Service (NWS) said in its latest bulletin.
“Most of the eastern United States will remain in freezing conditions through Monday, before a more moderate trend sets in starting Tuesday,” it added.
(With information from EFE)