.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Ida was the fifth-most powerful storm to strike the U.S. when it hit Louisiana on Sunday. (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Joe Biden pledged help to the Northeastern and Gulf states
  • Biden will press Congress to pass $1 trillion infrastructure bill
  • Biden stressed that storm was a challenge transcending the politics of nation

.Grand Isle, LA, USA
The remains of destroyed homes and businesses are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle. (Photo credit: AP)

  • Hurricane Ida caused mass devastation on Grand Isle
  • Grand Isle is a Louisiana town on a narrow barrier island
  • About half of the properties in the town of about 1,400 were either heavily damaged or destroyed