Flooding Sweeps Northeast; Biden Declares State of Emergency in VT
Summary from the AllSides News Team
Intense rain and flash flooding have hit the Northeast, leading President Joe Biden to declare a state of emergency in Vermont and to order federal assistance.
Key Details: Local officials have made over 50 rescues across the state, using boats to help people who were trapped in their cars or homes. Residents were evacuated, and roads were closed across Vermont. Montpelier's Winooski River reached 20.89 feet on Tuesday morning, its highest level since 1927.
Key Quote: "This is an all-hands-on-deck" event, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said at a news conference.
For Context: The storms and catastrophic flooding have surpassed levels experienced by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, which washed away roads and homes in the Northeast in 2011. Over 9 million people are currently under flood alerts.
How the Media Covered it: Many sources noted that the dangers resulting from remnants of the flooding will continue for some time. Some left-rated sources focused more on the historic nature of the storms, and sometimes did so alongside context about climate change.
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