NAPLES – President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden are due in southwest Florida, the place they’re going to get a firsthand take a look at the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ian.
The White House stated when President Biden visits Fort Myers on Wednesday he’ll survey the destruction and meet with first responders and native residents. Politics won’t play a job. Mr. Biden is scheduled to meet with Governor Ron Desantis, one of many president’s most outstanding Republican critics.
“They’re going to talk about what, how, what else need, what else are the needs in Florida to get to a place of recovery, to get to a place of rebuilding,” stated White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Ian’s floodwaters are receding however, in some areas, the recovery effort is simply getting underway.
“There’s more urban search and rescue capability in Florida since this storm than has ever been in one place, in one state, since 9/11,” stated DeSantis on Tuesday.
Per week after the Category 4 hurricane first made landfall in the U.S., rescue groups proceed to go door-to-door in search of each victims and survivors.
“We want to get to those that have run out of medication, those who may be trapped in their homes because of the debris, try to either get them out or to check on their well-being,” stated Miami Fire Rescue Captain Ignacio Carroll who’s a member of USAR Florida Task Force 2.
The extent of the harm remains to be being assessed, particularly in coastal communities that took a direct hit from Ian. Hundreds of hundreds of properties and companies stay with out energy. Getting the lights again on is a precedence, however officers say the duty may take a month or extra to full.
Ian is already blamed for at the very least 104 deaths in Florida and 4 extra in North Carolina. Officials imagine these numbers will develop larger in the times to come.