US southern states recovering from Ida face new flooding threat | Weather News

US southern states recovering from Ida face new flooding threat | Weather News

US states nonetheless reeling from final week’s highly effective Hurricane Ida face slow-moving rain and threat of flash floods.

Parts of the southern United States nonetheless grappling with widespread energy outages and water-logged houses within the aftermath of lethal Hurricane Ida are going through the threat of extra flash floods from slow-moving rain and drenching thunderstorms.

Storms able to producing 5 to eight centimetres (two to a few inches) of rain “in a pretty short period of time” had been saturating New Orleans and different elements of Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday, and had been anticipated to proceed into the night, National Weather Service meteorologist Lara Pagano stated.

“Some of that [rain] will occur over soil that is saturated by Ida, areas that are already sensitive, with any additional heavy rain problematic and leading to flash flooding,” Pagano advised the Reuters information company.

The states are struggling to get better greater than every week after Ida, one of the vital highly effective hurricanes ever to strike the US Gulf Coast, tore a devastating path of destruction throughout the area and broken the New Orleans energy grid.

The storm killed at the least 13 in Louisiana, and greater than 500,000 clients within the state remained with out energy on Monday, in accordance with the PowerOutage.us web site, which tracks energy outages.

The US Coast Guard on Monday stated it was probing almost 350 stories of oil spills in and alongside the Gulf Coast in Ida’s wake.

President Joe Biden has accepted catastrophe declarations for Louisiana, which he visited on Friday, in addition to for New York and New Jersey, the place he’ll journey on Tuesday.

The declarations permit the states to entry federal help for repairs and rebuilding after the extreme flooding.

“Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster,” the White House stated in an announcement.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul stated Ida prompted greater than $50m in injury in that state after the storm’s record-breaking rainfall of seven.8cm (3.1 inches) per hour on Wednesday.

Hochul stated she had directed that $378m in beforehand awarded hazard mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) be dedicated to supporting New York’s infrastructure in opposition to excessive climate.

Biden will journey to Manville, New Jersey, and the Queens borough of New York City on Tuesday to evaluate injury from the hurricane.

New York had 17 confirmed deaths from Ida – 4 in suburban Westchester County and the remainder in New York City. In New Jersey, there have been at the least 27 confirmed storm deaths and 4 folks lacking, a governor’s spokesperson stated.

In the southern US, shortages of staff and provides that predate the hurricane will doubtless decelerate reconstruction efforts after Ida, The Associated Press information company reported.

Construction firms have been significantly affected. In a survey by actual property analysis agency Zonda final month, 93 p.c of constructing executives complained of provide shortages whereas 74 p.c stated they lacked sufficient staff.

“Natural disasters do cause a strain on building materials, reconstruction materials and on labour,”  Ali Wolf, chief economist at Zonda, advised the AP.

“The difference today is that the entire supply chain has been battered even before Ida’s occurrence. You really have all these things hitting at the exact same time. Frankly, the last thing the supply chain needed was extra strain.”

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