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    Biden surveys NY and NJ storm damage after deadly flooding

    Hillsborough Township, N.J. — Pointing accusingly at climate change, President Joe Biden toured deadly Northeast flood damage Tuesday and said he was thinking about the all families who suffered “profound” losses from the powerful remnants of Hurricane Ida.

    Biden was in New Jersey, and planned to visit New York City, to survey the aftermath and call for federal spending to fortify infrastructure to better defend people and property from future storms in the region and far beyond.

    “Every part of the country, every part of the country is getting hit by extreme weather,” Biden said in a briefing at the Somerset County emergency management training center attended by federal, state and local officials, including New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

    President Joe Biden speaks during a briefing about the impact of Hurricane Ida, Tuesday in Hillsborough Township, N.J.

    Biden said the threat from wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and other extreme weather must be dealt with in ways that will lessen the devastating effects of climate change.

    “We can’t turn it back very much, but we can prevent it from getting worse,” he said. Biden added that scientists have been warning for decades that this day would come and that urgent action was needed.

    “We don’t have any more time,,” he said.

    Biden’s plan to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure nationwide is pending in Congress.

    “I’m hoping to be able to see the things we are going to be able to fix permanently with the bill that we have in for infrastructure,” he said as he left the White House.

    On the way to the briefing, Biden’s motorcade drove through a neighborhood where piles of damaged furniture, mattresses and other household items were stacked outside homes. The route also included many supporters of Republican former President Donald Trump with signs opposing Biden.

    Focusing on the personal calamities, Biden said, “The losses that we witnessed today are profound. … My thoughts are with all those families affected by the storm and all those families who lost someone they love.”

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