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tv   Craig Melvin Reports  MSNBC  September 2, 2021 8:00am-9:00am PDT

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priority was 183rd street. when that schedule came out we said don't do springfield, do 183rd street first, and guess what? they did, and then they did it again because it wasn't done right the first time. and we're still here today. and so there has to be oversight, and we have to figure out what we're not doing right. that we have to make sure that my staff and i, we have the hotspots as the borough president knows. you call over here and certain areas to see if it is working. this was different, and the loss of lives is unacceptable. we absolutely have to make sure that we're taking care of families. and what did you say?
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that this group of folks here, they are the epitome of resiliency, they take care of each other, they feed each other, we're going to continue to be here with you. i want to thank the governor, senator schumer, the mayor, and just for the collaboration of resources here. and we want to make sure that we're all here. thank you. for the people that live here on this street and close by. we don't govern by press conference. it's not just today, it's tomorrow, and the next day, and
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the next day. you will see a different tone, a different era of collaboration. i was a counsel member for 14 years. i know what is takes to get the job done. you don't just show up one day, you show up until the job is done. with that we will take questions. >> thank you. also i want to acknowledge others who have joined us today. excellent questions.
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those are my questioned today. we have to identify the areas we have as a ruler in abilities on our streets. we need to be able to fix those first so we don't get a situation where the drainage, they can't handle the volume and it just creates a river down the steps. i think that is our first priority. i want to also have an after action report on this. what did we know? when did we know what we had? was there intelligence barriers in terms of our preparedness. i know i deployed resources yesterday morning but we didn't know between 8:50 and 9:50 p.m. last night that the heavens would literally open up and bring niagara falls level water to the streets of new york. is that something we should have known in advance? should we have shut down the subways earlier. you have to realize many people were already on the subways.
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we shut them down and they're trapped underground. that's not an option. we want to stop passengers from coming down the stairs. there was storm and tornado warnings throughout the evening, but i will see if more could have been done. this is what happens first, everything has to settle down, stabilize, protect life and property, job number one. number two, we go out there with the fema crews, add up the extent of the damage, file for
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our declaration, and this, what president biden assured me, he said i will do this for you you tell me what you need. so we're prepared to take all of those steps starting right now. >> and we heard from a mayor that said they had been asking for help. can you explain why this was such a failure? people getting out, they were notified, what happened with that. >> let me get our commission near is here, have him come over. look as you heard from congressman meaks and borough president richards and council member miller. this this is a very long
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standing problem, and it became clear we had to make an extraordinary investment. it's having an impact, but it's not complete. it will take more years to finish. >> thank you, mayor. okay, so thank you. a couple things. one is the rate of rainfall that occurred was just really extraordinary. council member miller mentioned a storm that we had a few weeks ago with the remnants of henri. it is the same total amount, but it fell in a very short time frame. we recognize in this area of southeast queens that investment was needed, long overdue, the mayor announced a $2 billion commitment a few years back and that was well under way.
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>> so we're going to do that full hydraulic assessment. but rainfall rates were really extraordinary and far exceeded the capacity of the system. anything over two inches an hour we're going to have trouble with. >> we were all talking, for all of you as well. talking about how this is a pretty -- but we have been having these events. people are talking about how this happens all of the time. we had two hurricanes in the last couple days. can you talk about the need for investment, but what is it for people right here right now, the next time it rains a lot, will they be in the same position they were last night. their lives are in danger. >> i have been to so many catastrophic flooding events from lake ontario to long island, no, this is not unusual
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any more. anyone that says once in a century, once in 500 years, i'm not buying it. this needs to be considered the normal course of business. we should have evacuation homes that every homeowner knows about. what do to do when the water starts rising. alerts going out on people's cell phones. how do we communicate and are we doing a good enough job. i don't know that it won't happen again tomorrow, but i know we need to do more in our resiliency, addressing climate change. but that is long-term nap won't help the people on the street. i'm not going to pretend it will. i'm talking about letting them know we have their backs. we will help them heal, we'll get them the resources, and let them know that we're not satisfied either, this is not okay with any of us. >> let me add -- let me add,
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gloria, to your question, i think we now understand that every attempt at projection bluntly is failing us. let's be clear. we're getting from the very best experts projections that then are made a mockery of in a matter of minutes. what i want to work with the governor on, we need to start communicating to people that we should assume things will be worse in literally every situation. yesterday morning the report was three to six inches over the course of a whole day which was not a particularly problematic amount. that turned into the biggest single hour of rainfall in new york city history with nearly no warning. so now we change the ground rules, tell new yorkers to expect the very, very worst. it may sound alarmist, look, $2
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billion to southeast queens is a big deal, but we need more than we could ever possibly imagine. thank god the federal government is finally truly committed to infrastructure spending. but what i think is -- what i don't think is too little too late. i think it would have helped us a lot more a few decades ago. we're going to play a lot of catch up. we're not talking billions, tens of billions, hundreds of billions to be able to make people safe. >> one thing on that, the 3.5 million that we're trying to get through in the reconciliation bill is to deal just with that. that is j y it is such a big deal in washington dc. not just the $1.8, but when you're talk about climate change, housing, the resilience for the future, not just for today, but for the future. we must get this $3.5 trillion
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bill done. that is what it is about and we're coming together do that. >> thank you everybody. >> just first, our heart goes out to all of the victims, we pray the number does not go down, we have nine confirmed victims. eight of the nine are in queens. eight of the nine also took place in residential homes in basements. the latest is a individual that passed away after a vehicle accident on the grand central parkway and that individual was discovered in the back seat of the car within the last hour. so again, we pray the number does not go up from there, and certainly the nypd and all city
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workers, our hearts go out to all of the victims for this terrible tragedy. and good thursday morning to you, craig melvin here, we have been listening to a update on that deadly flooding. the death toll now at 22. that includes new york and new jersey. governor kathy hochul there helping to deal with the wreckage. the governor said that president biden called her and offered any assistance. also says the president committed to approving an emergency declaration. the rainfall that came through was nothing short of historic.
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states of emergency in effect in both of those states right now. the governors had both of those messages. >> there is no more cataclysmic unforeseeable events. >> the world is changing, right? these storms are coming in more frequently. i promise that we will stay with everybody and it won't be a short road, but we will stay with them on that road to recovery. >> all right, that is the scene in new jersey. before that the scene in new york and this, this is the scene in philadelphia in is the scene in philadelphia, and you can see there house to house rescues just this morning with folks on the roofs of their homes waiting for help. america's fourth largest city, this was the scene. we're expecting a update from philadelphia any moment now.
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meanwhile, down south folks in louisiana and mississippi are trying to put their lives together after what was hurricane ida that tore through that part of the country. more than one million people still without power. the late summer and sweltering heat is also settling in down there. coming up we expect to hear from president biden about how his administration is stepping in to help. the president is set to return to louisiana tomorrow. we'll take you to the white house live as well. meanwhile in california, that wildfire is now so big that it looks like a storm based on this view from outer space. it looks like a storm itself. that is the view from space of that fire if is marching toward lake tahoe. firefighters trying to contain
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it. they're facing a new challenge. nearly two dozen have been sidelined by covid. we'll have more on that in a few minutes. we will start with the devastating wind from ida that swept through the east coast overnight. yasmin is joining me now by phone. she is about an hour and a half outside of new york city. tom winter following rescue efforts in new york city, and bill karens has his eyes on the remnants of this storm. the mayor of philadelphia is starting a update on the recovery effort there is, let's listen. hurricane ida brought stark levels causing extreme flooding. if you live in a flood prone area, or another area that is experiencing flooding, please continue to shelter in place
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until waters recede. again, please stay home. the rain may have stopped and the skies are clear, the waters have not receded. flight conditions around rivers and water ways are expected to continue throughout the day. if you must travel today please exercise caution. aside the most affected areas. because of the significant impact of the storm across the city and the region, and the ongoing flooding hazard, all city offices will be closed to the public today. you can still access resources through the city's website. the city will be operating essential services only and employees that can work remotely should check with their supervisors should do so.
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you must always note that extreme weather events are not isolated incidents. we will continue to take critical steps to ready philadelphia for the climate of the future as will rebound from the aftermath of ida. it extends beyond recovery to building long-term resilience. now i would like to turn it over to adam teal for updates around how the city is responding, commissioner teal? >> good morning, it was a very challenging night for the philadelphia fire department office of emergency manage and our response partners. we know the same is true for many philadelphians. we're not out of this, however. we're talking continually to the national weather service. there are many flooded roads still in the city. we're still in a flood warning phase. stay home, stay tuned, and if you have an emergency, call 911.
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if you go outside, turning around, don't drown. you don't know how fast moving the waters are. so please if you can stay home. we're still doing water rescues across the city. thankfully we have resources here from the national guard. they got back from a federal deployment just in time to help us here in philadelphia and also help in bucks county. we're still very much in an active incident so we want to encourage people, again, stay informed, stay home if you can. at the same time we're thinking about our recovery mode. this promising to be a historic event. we know the flooding reached levels that we have not seen in more than 100 years.
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so we really need your help to understand the impacts of the storm and the extent of the damage. here is a couple ways to help. go to the website and you can actually put in pictures of damage if you experienced damage, you can answer a short questionnaire, that will really help us with the damage assessment process as we move forward with our state and federal partners to try to get assistance for folks in philadelphia that were impacted by the storm. you can text storm phl to 888777 to get free severe storm updates and to get all
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the fire department and the oem have been in a coordinating and direct action role in many cases overthe night. we had so much assistance from so many partners. this is one team and one mission. and we're still at it, please stay safe, thank you. >> thank you, now we'll go over to the department. >> it is affecting trash pick up, please put it out on your normal day, we will pick it up into the weekend. please be careful we will go into the flooded areas once they recede. once we have the okay, we will be cleaning the flooded roads with our street sweepers. we will clean the roads and open up the roads.
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if you see a traffic signal out or a light pole down, please don't touch them, dial 311 or use the app. that's all i had to say, thank you. >> thank you. >> up next, we have the water department. brian? crews are working around the clock in areas that we know that can be flood prone. additional crews are deployed overnight to respond to flooded intersections and really relying on residents to report that to us and our call center is open 24-7 so customers can reach us. that is the fastest way to report the risk factors.
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please be patient and we will get will as quickly as possible. we're coordinating with other agencies and partners and monitoring the situation to respond to what is expected to be historic flooding in the schuylkill. our ability to deliver services is not impacted and we will continue to monitor the flooding and assist streets and other departments in providing clean up and recovery support. residents and businesses can find helpful information on the city's flood management program page including resources for specific areas like germantown. if you experience flooding on the property we suggest they fill out the flood report survey. that is on the website. and you can also report flooded
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pots to the hotline. one thing that we really want to stress to people is not to walk in flooded areas. people post pictures on social media walking along the river or along the drive. there is a high potential that it could be polluted with pathogens and the same with basement water, avoid that water as much as possible. call 911 for emergencies, that's all for me. thank you so much, we'll now move on to q and a from members. please use the raise your hand button to ask questions. we have representatives from l&i, pgw, and septa. we have been listening to officials in philadelphia giving a update on the situation there. this is the scene right now in
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central new jersey. we don't have control of the camera, but as you see this is a cemetery and the flood waters have risen dramatically. we have seen flooding like this all over central new jersey but that is the first time that we have seen a cemetery flooded in that way. we have seen a number of rescues a short time ago. we heard officials in the last 30 or 45 minutes talk about other rescues that happened throughout the night. hundreds according to governor cathy hochul, hundreds happened in new york. we heard and seen harrowing
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storying of people that imagined to get out in the nick of time. some friends and neighbors not so lucky. at this point the death toll at 22 in just new york and new jersey nap is a number that is expected to rise. again you are seeing the rescues continue. boats being dragged through central new jersey looking for people who are stranded. we heard tro from officials a short time ago a number of folks who died in their basements when they became flooded. we will continue, we will keep this camera up as long as we can in new jersey, again, we're not controlling this particular camera. i also want to bring back yasmin who is on the phone he is an
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hour and a half outside. tom has been following the rescue efforts in new york city and bill carr rens is with me. this was on the left side of your scene. this was not frar where you are right now. this was the scene a few hours ago. what's it look like now? you know this, as a correspondent most of the things were closed off because there has been so much flooding in the area and it's incredible to see. cell phone service is shut down. if you walk in, still even now, their entire backyard is flooded.
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it is devastating to see. if you're seeing the destruction of your home and the things you love the most. the places where you find safety is now flooded. hopefully within the hour while you're still on the there we'll try to get you images out of there. if you're thinking about a stopsign, the stop sign was past the stopsign. i see a water line along the side of the building where there was dirt all of the way up to like a sixth story building, right? it was up. you see cars in there that will not be able to used at all. it is that bad.
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i sigh suitcases just floating in the street, and a man who is the president of where i'm standing outside of. the water was just so high, you can't help but imagine what it was like last night. those that live in these apartment buildings and the moments, seeing the water overflowing from a river along with a massive amount of time. we knew ida was going towards the northeast but it came so fast and furiously that a lot of folks were not necessarily prepared. the folks in this building said they did move some of their cars to higher ground. in anticipation of possible flooding, but a lot of folks did not take heed, or notice of that, and now their car is completely destroyed.
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and of course the devastation here in the northeast that you have been talking about in the double digits, a 2-year-old dieing, just so incredibly heartbreaking to think about how quickly life can change. >> i will let you go and try to get in front of a camera to get fresh images. the left side of your screen, this was the scene this morning there. an hour and a half outside of new york city on the right side of your screen, we're still focused on a central new jersey and you can see traffic is still backed up. pretty significantly. you can also see the rising river waters that have overtaken, and i believe i just misspoke, can we all in
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somerset, new jersey camera up. i believe as we look at the boat rescue, it appears to be under way there, from that vantage point, it didn't like like traffic, those cars were stranded there because the road had been partially washed away. let me come to you for a moment, tom winter. we're talking about central new jersey but the fire department responding to calls for rescues. what can you tell us about how they're pulling this off after this flooding? >> they're still tallying everything together. they were saying they were able to rescue hundreds of people last night. those rescues took place in a couple places. they occurred in the subway. they tried to pull people out
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from subway cars that became stranded in the flood waters. there is basement apartments, flooding, a 2-year-old that died along with his parents in the queens section of new york city died in a basement apartment. that's where we saw and heard from the commissioner not too long ago. that's where a lot of these fatalities occurred in queens. basement type apartments that flooded very, very quickly. so in new york city hundreds of rescues by the fdny. the nypd emergency services unit. when we need help, we call the police, when police need help they call the emergency services rescue unit. some of the flooding last night
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in the fire department out on those crews. that rescue was by the police, they started to buy a new fleet of helicopters a few years ago suited for this type of effort. they're able to take care of people medically on board the second they're able to get them pulled up and out of the water they can perform medical services on them if need be. they have emt's available. they are rigged for that type of an effort. a very powerful helicopter with a lot of capacity. and in the philadelphia -- some of those rescues you're refers to occurring in montgomery county and bridgeport. the schuylkill river frequently
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floods, more and more at higher levels in the past 10 to 20 years. i covered floods there myself before if is hard to believe in certain parts of that river we'll see records that go back 100 plus years fall today. that is what they're dealing with there. it was really kind of a multiprong effort, the basement apartments in new york city and queens hit particularly hard with some of the heaviest rains, that area was hit last night. that's where residential rescues and searches occurred, and a tremendous amount of subway services. and at this time a couple of lines are just starting to get going, craig not what we expect on a normal thursday. >> yeah, you're right, and it should not be lost on folks watching and listening on sirius
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satellite radio that these are areas that have been flooded this way, areas that are hundreds of miles in many cases away from an ocean. these are inland areas. this is ae scene in philadelphia now. the sixth largest city dealing with historic and deadly flooding. we just heard from officials a short time ago as we pull out. these are not cameras that we're controlling. they are cameras from our affiliates as we look at the scene here. in of the philadelphia area, from high above, bill carens, let's talk about what happened last night and today. what are you seeing right now?
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>> the storm is gone, we're collecting all of the water and the flash flooding into the rivers. the schuylkill river it has crested, it just peaked at a brand new record high. and the river level is about 27.6 feed. these pictures here from the tornado went through the area here. the flooding and summer county, new jersey. take a look closely at that picture on the right yesterday afternoon that river was at 4 feet, now it is at 27 feet high. that's how quickly it rose with the intense rainfall rates in this area. so this is all happening very
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quickly. the river went up three to four feet per hour. that is amazing. with the tornadoes we'll likely find out that that tornado be probably go down as the strongest ever witnessed in the state of new jersey. one of the folks blew up because of a gas leak, and people were clinging to trees. picture that scenario. you're holding on to a treat, and a home is exploding near you. so not just new york city, so
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many vehicles, temperatures of thousands flooded out in this event. you have been covering it, too, how expensive used car prices are right now. this is not going to help in this area. just heartbreaking and again, those were the levels you're looking at right now, they're cresting, they will drop pretty quickly as we go throughout the next few days. on the left is the aftermath of that ef 3 tornado that went through the outskirts of philadelphia. you look at how extreme the damage is and that there is no injuries and no fatalities, it's a miracle. those people must have been either in their basements or out of those homes. that was extreme damage that went through that area.
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a lot of the other areas that i have been looking, i saw pictures of a railroad that is washed out. so we are showing you these areas. there is a bit, new jersey and pennsylvania, they had rivers and streets going right through downtown last night. there is a number of areas and neighborhoods that weir not showing you because we can't get to them. the right side of your screen, central new jersey, this is a neighborhood in somerset. cars are nearly fully submerged, houses flooded, but to bill's
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point, the fact that so far there are 22 deaths reported, it is really quite amazing that there have not been so far more fatalities. let us go back now to m mamairianic. on my way this this morning, i had to turn around because there was so many roads and highways closed. i'm doing the show from the basement today because in part of what you're seeing right now. where are you? a gentleman was really nice to
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invite me in to see what is going on. the president of the board here, and i want to show you the devastation so far in the lobby of just this building alone. let's take a look up at this water level. i'm 5'10", okay? look at that water level. look at how up, craig, the water got in this building. this is the lobby of the building. show the elevator here. it opens into this lobby area and all of this furniture that is destroyed and let's swing around here. i want to bring you into the garage here. this, the entire ceiling, craig, i don't want to get too close, but the entire ceiling of this entire garage area completely collapsing underneath the weight and the pressure of this water. this thing, the water was all of the way up to the ceiling of this garage area. luckily a lot of folks already moved their cars to higher ground, but take a swing around
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of what is happening here, the total and absolute destruction here in this garage a loan, you think about this is a high-rise building for a suburban area here in new york, not a high-rise compared to what we see in manhattan, but it is six or seven stories, the water got up really high and above here is just an electrical area so no apartments were damaged, but still you have to think about what is to did b done to fix a lot of the things that went down here. larry, you're the president of the board here, you have a big uphill battle to deal with. is everybody okay in your building? >> we're okay. we have great comradery, it was wonderful to be together and try to address the process. this is a floodplain, and we were designed to be a floodplain. >> what does that mean?
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>> it mean that's that is where there is stone. irene is here, we never had anything high thaern that. -- that's why it was such a surprise to us. >> so you came down here around midnight or so because the water, i live in brooklyn right, the water came so quickly. it did not seem so bad. at what point did you come down thinking something was wrong? >> we came down at 9:00 and we had a little water coming in, and the sidewalk, there was water outside of the building and that meant it was in the building as well and we said this is what is going to happen again. everybody in the building jumped in to say what should we do to
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prevent this. the furniture was floating in here and we said knowing everybody was safe and that's what it was -- >> how worried were you that the water would continue to go up? >> there was a big concern. i live on one of the terraces and it came up to two feet below it, cars that were parked over there were raised, flipped, and what ended up happening is there is cars and obviously there are cars out here, the same way you'll see a log on one of them, that is the dedebris. >> you a lot of clean up here, they have a long ways to go. thank you so much, good luck to you and your residents of the building, thank you for letting us see what is going on, i'm so sorry for what you're dealing
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with. we'll bring our shovels, we always want to help, craig let me show you more of what i was talking about earlier as we walk outside. i was explaining the scene to you, but since i was on the phone i wasn't really able to show you. i'm going to try to go slow so my camera guy doesn't trip or anything. now it seems somewhat dry. there is a lot of depre here on the ground because of the floating water and you heard larry talk about how high this water got, right? that stopsign i was talking about, the water got all of the way up to that street let's flip around to that white tent. it got all of the way up to the peek of that. another man's video, he shot from behind me, you could see boats doing rescues and you saw the peak of that white tent coming up and there is still
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water gathered here with these cars at a stand still. they have been here all night. when you look at the footage and the video you would not have known there was cars here. i was speaking to a man that just walked by, he lives down the street to my right. his wife is 41 weeks pregnant and had to do a boat rescue at 6:00 a.m. to get to his friends house to get his wife out of the possibility because she could possibly go into labor because of the stress of the flooding. the community has a lot of clean up, they're taking it in, but it is devastating to say the least.
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the sheer and utter devastation that we're seeing there. president biden expected to start speaking any moment now. he will lay out steps that his administration could take for hurricane ida. the president set to fly to louisiana. let's not forget that you have well over 100 businesses. more than 600,000 people don't have running water. cell phone service in many areas spotty, and oh, by the way, north of 100 degrees in many of these places. monica alba is at the white house, alison barber is in new orleans where a lot of folks are waiting in long lines for basic necessities for things like ice, gas, charging stations. monica, first of all, what
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should we expect to hear from the president when he does start those remarks? >> president biden has been in touch, of course, with the governors of louisiana and mississippi multiple times over the last few days. we can expect a tactical update on his discussions with those leaders and all of the efforts happening right now. but also we expect an update on where ida went after it hit the southeast, of course. that is the catastrophic flooding. you have been covering so far this hour, in the northeast we know the president spent the morning also talking with the governor's of new york and new jersey and has been in touch with other local officials to try to help them as well in is now, of course, a multi-impact declaration of emergencies. the plth be talking about all of that and what they have been able to do so far in terms of what fema has been able to do.
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for families in need of critical assistance right now, but also providing a update on what is still unfolding right now in the northeast. we expect the president so go through all of those different things, of course, and previewing in a way his visit to the new orleans area tomorrow to see the damage for himself. something separately from this, craig, that the president may touch on our certainly if he does take questions he will be asked about the supreme court ruling overnight on the texas abortion law. the white house just issued a statement in his name really blasting it and announcing that they are going to launch what they're calling a whole of government approach responding to this decision and specifically instructing the department of health and human services and the justice to see what they can do on this. so we expect him to respond to all of that when he does speak a little later this hour.
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>> all right, monica, stand by. let's get new orleans, what are you hearing from folks about their struggles four days after ida first hit there? >> you don't necessarily see what they're dealing with for the damage and destruction in those places, but if you look at their faces you see what they're dealing with. sweat from no power, exhausted because for many people they are running out of the bottled water they had, they're running out of provisions they stocked up before the storm, and for a lot of people they're showing up and waiting in lines like this. often waiting hours to get a little bit of help. this is a distribution site that is set up by fema and the national guard. it's only the second day it has been opened. as more people heard through the word of mouth because so many people don't have access to their phones right now, more people started to come over
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here. you see where people are able to walk up on foot. some people are riding away with bags of ice. the stacks, the pallets of of ice. for some people they have medicine that needs to be kept cold in order to live and to stay healthy. we met one woman at an ice distribution site not far from here. she waited for at least an hour to buy ice. this ice here is free. she paid $5 a block of ice, and she said for her that it wasn't just something she wanted to have. it was necessary because she has medicine that has to stay cold and all of the ice she had at home, it had all melted. listen to more of what she told us. >> i have stage 3 kidney disease so i'm not supposed to get dehydrated so, you know, i'm kind of in a bad way, you know? if i didn't have to have ice for my medicine i wouldn't be here,
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but i've got to have it. >> a lot of people have been talking about wanting to get ice just because it's uncomfortable to be in this heat. >> it is medical. it is life and death. i had to take my injection today, and i just feel like, you know, nobody cares about us. so they have here, obviously, the ice. if you want to walk this way, we can show you this here. they have 50,000 mres and emergency meals that people can put a little bit of water in it. 50,000. the captain of one of these companies are serving thousands of people every day. they are getting in all of these trucks more supplies almost by the minute. they say they will be here as long as necessary. some power has started to come back on in new orleans. they have the first lights on in
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eastern new orleans yesterday, but the power company will focus first on getting hospitals, 911 center, critical places like that power and work their way in a loop around the city to restore it in other parts. for a lot of people they feel like they will be dealing with these situations for quite a while and as we heard from that woman earlier, rena, particularly for elderly it's dangerous, and for people that need to keep basic things like medicine cold, not having ice, want having a refrigerator it's a big problem. the city has opened cooling centers and it's hard for people to find them and people don't have electricity to charge their phones and get that information. craig? >> so many -- so many layers to the problems there in new orleans and in so much of louisiana rid you in. allison barber, we'll come back when president biden starts
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those remarks. we expect to hear from the president any moment now on the government's response to ida's wrath. the death and devastation that storm left in her wake starting in louisiana and tearing just an absolute swath of destruction through much of the eastern part of this country over the past several days. stephanie gosk is in queens to give us a look at the storm damage there. >> hi there, craig. it's a beautiful day today. the sun is shining. the rain is gone. there's not a cloud in the sky and it's taking a little while, but we are finally coming to terms with what this storm did to this region and it has left people stranded. it has destroyed buildings like this gas station. this gas station came down because so much water landed on the roof of it it collapsed. it wasn't the wind. now we're seeing these images of people and this is probably the
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case throughout this region who were just simply caught off guard. people in their homes living in places that in some cases don't ever flood, all of a sudden now having to be rescued from their homes. places in pennsylvania where the floodwaters are rising up to traffic lights in the streets to the roofs of houses. there is activity in all over this region to help people dealing with the floods. here in new york city the nypd says eight people died as related to this storm and when you read the descriptions of how these people died or at the very least how the police found them it looks as if the flooding caught them off guard and they were in their homes and this was around 9:00, 10:00 at night that all of this rain fell. people caught off guard and not able to get off in time including a 2-year-old toddler and that really is the story here. there is a ton of rain and it is
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really that window of time that it took to fall. the fact that in central park you had over three inches of rain in an hour. the system just couldn't handle it. we are also just recovering from hurricane henri only about a week and a half ago and a wet summer. you put all of those things together and this region just got slammed by the remnants of hurricane ida. craig, back to you. >> all right. stephanie gosk there. so much water so fast, steph. thank you. we just heard also that pennsylvania governor tom wolf is going to talk about the situation there in pennsylvania. a look here one more time. this is manville, new jersey. this is very close to philadelphia. this is the scene of what's left of this particular neighborhood there in manville. so many scenes like this all over the northeast. we expect president biden to address when he starts his
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♪♪ good day, everyone. this is "andrea mitchell reports" in washington. president biden speaking moments ago about tropical storm ida after the remnants that the storm brought deadly flooding to new york, new jersey and pennsylvania. the president will visit storm-ravaged louisiana where residents are still reeling and more than a million people without power after getting slammed by the storm earlier this week. these were the scenes last night. terrible scenes in new york and new jersey. 20 people have died after an entire month of rain fell in just f

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