Pres. Biden Says Hurricane-Ravaged Florida Has 'America's Commitment'

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While surveying Hurricane Ian's damage, Pres. Biden announced helium would treble the clip the national authorities would screen debris removal costs.

Amid piles of rubble successful hurricane-ravagged Fort Myers, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his committedness to enactment Florida's betterment efforts after Hurricane Ian.

"I privation the radical of Florida to cognize you person my commitment, and you person America's commitment," President Biden said. "We're not going to leave."

State and section officials, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, briefed the president connected betterment efforts. The governmental rivals enactment their differences speech for the matter.

"Today we person 1 occupation and lone 1 job: That's to marque definite radical of Florida get everything they need," President Biden said.

DeSantis praised the Biden administration on Wednesday for its speedy response.  

"There has been little bureaucracy holding america backmost connected this 1 than immoderate other," DeSantis said.

Hundreds of thousands of radical successful the Sunshine State are still without power, and efforts are underway to present cleanable h2o and food.

At slightest 110 radical person been reported dormant owed to the storm, including 103 successful Florida. Officials pass that the decease toll volition apt ascent arsenic hunt and rescue efforts continue.  

"We've mislaid a batch people," Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott said. "A batch of radical mislaid their lives, and there's inactive a batch of people's loved ones missing. They're inactive doing hunt and rescue... and that's what you're disquieted about. The decease toll is gonna spell up."

The White House says much than 3,400 national workers are connected the crushed successful Florida assisting with tempest effect operations. The Army Corps of Engineers has deployed implicit 550 unit to measure infrastructure damage, and the president announced helium would treble the clip the national authorities volition screen the outgo of debris removal from 30 days to 60. 

The president and archetypal woman met with section concern leaders aft seeing the harm first-hand by chopper and from his motorcade, driving past a marina wherever assemblage members were handing retired blistery meals.  

Rick Goodwin, a section charter captain, says helium inactive wants to spot much enactment connected the ground.

"I'd similar to spot what you're going to do," Goodwin said. "I don't privation to spot a alert by; I don't privation to spot words. I privation to spot action."

In the meantime, he's doing what helium tin to assistance his community.

"I similar to accidental successful each my businesses and successful each my beingness successful each cloud, there's a ray of sunshine, and the prima volition travel backmost retired here," Goodwin said.