US President Joe Biden voiced support Thursday for victims of Hurricane Ida that swept through the northeast, wreaking havoc in major cities.
"My message to everyone affected is we’re all in this together. The nation is here to help," Biden said in an address from the White House. "That’s the message I’ve been making clear to the mayors, governors, energy and utility leaders in the region who my administration has been working closely with over the last few days.”
The storm and heavy flooding caused at least 14 deaths as it ripped through the states of New York and New Jersey late Wednesday into early Thursday.
Heavy rain swept away vehicles and flooding submerged subways and flights were grounded, according to multiple reports.
New York City’s transit system has been affected by flooding on Wednesday, causing disruption.
"We’ll be working around the clock until the critical needs of the region are fully met. We will meet them," the president added.
Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a devastating Category 4 hurricane, bringing with it mass flooding and damage that devastated wide swathes of the state.
Damages are expected to cost tens of billions of dollars.
Biden will travel to New Orleans on Friday "to survey storm damage from Hurricane Ida and meet with State and local leaders from impacted communities," the White House announced in a statement./agencies