“It brings energy, hope. These people need hope, ”said Sergio Bertoni, 61, pointing to the homes of his neighbors. “The president is the only person right now who can help. “
Mr Bertoni, a porter who works in Manhattan, said he had suffered more than $ 40,000 in loss and damage to the home he had owned since 2001. Flood water pressure hit the block during the week last was so high that it burst through the basement. door and rushed off, leaving home appliances and electronics like computers, washer, dryer, televisions and refrigerator in ruins.
“We hope anything that can come from FEMA will come here,” said Mr Bertoni’s daughter Xenia Bertoni, 27, who worked as a manager in a physiotherapy office until her mother fell with Covid Last year. She quit her job to care for her mother, who was in a coma for almost five months, leaving the family with less income.
For Mr. Bertoni, who left his native Argentina for the United States in 1989, his hope is that Mr. Biden’s presence will prompt the Federal Emergency Management Agency to donate as much money as possible.
“My dream was to be American,” he said. “My mind is in this country. America must take care of its people.
On Monday, the governors of New York and New Jersey said they had received federal aid from the Biden administration, which declared areas in both states major disaster areas following torrential rains and catastrophic flooding in last week.
The funding, which will come from FEMA, means those who have been displaced from their homes by the storm in approved counties, including those without insurance coverage, will be entitled to money for the repairs. It will also cover legal services, unemployment assistance and crisis counseling, officials from both states said.