The president will use the visit to highlight the impacts of climate change and underscore the importance of proposed climate-resilient infrastructure investments on his legislative agenda.
“President Biden will shed light on how one in three Americans has been affected by severe weather events in recent months and no one is safe from climate change,” a White House official said. “He will talk about the economic impacts of extreme weather while driving home the urgent need for significant investments to fight climate change and in resilient infrastructure, the key investments included in the President’s Build Back Better agenda.”
During the visit, which includes stops in Manville, New Jersey and Queens, New York, the president will also meet with families, first responders and local elected officials.
A White House official said Biden is expected to “get an update on recovery efforts and highlight his administration’s commitment to providing the full federal government support for communities affected by the storm.”
He arrived in New Jersey on Tuesday morning and was received by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Murphy’s wife Tammy Murphy and other state lawmakers.
As Ida made its way through Louisiana and Mississippi, its remnant – a tropical depression – led to heavy rain, flooding and tornadoes along the northeast.
In addition to 13 hurricane-related deaths in Louisiana, there have been at least 50 hurricane-related deaths in the Northeast, spread across Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Biden has approved disaster declarations for New Jersey and New York.
The visit marks the president’s second visit within a week to survey the damage caused by the storm. On Friday, Biden visited several sites in Louisiana, including meetings on disaster response and visits to areas ravaged by the storm.
After leaving the gulf and flowing northeast, rain wreaked havoc from Ida. Major interstate areas of the Northeast were flooded. Water entered several New York City subway stations, and more than 800 subway riders had to be evacuated. According to PowerOutage.US, nearly half a million businesses and homes in Louisiana remained without electricity as of Monday.
“Things have changed so fast in terms of environment. We have already crossed some limits. We cannot build roads, highways, bridges, whatever they were before. We need to have what we have now. Gotta build back. Needed now,” Biden said on Friday. “And I know the heads of energy companies understand this really well. We have an important legislation, an infrastructure bill and a budget thing, a conciliation bill, which demands significant investments to be able to deal with what is to come.”
“We haven’t experienced it before, but we should expect it next time, and that means we have to continue investing in infrastructure, working in partnership with our federal government, and (New York Democratic) Senator (New York). Chuck) Schumer and President Biden,” said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Rain from Ida broke a record in New York City that had been set just a week earlier, with Mayor Bill de Blasio calling it “the biggest wake-up call we could possibly get.”
CNN’s Jason Hoffman, Madeline Holcombe and Jason Hanna contributed to this report.