The US President, Joe Biden, has declared disaster in California as a series of deadly storms hit.
The President on Saturday declared an emergency in California, authorizing federal aid for efforts toward recovery as deadly storms cause floods and landslides.
At least 19 people have died due to the devastating winter storms in recent weeks. Tens of thousands are left without power and the estimate of damages is currently running in the tens of millions.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that the President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the counties of Merced, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
The deadly storms have led to the washing out of many roads and the creation of growing sinkholes.
Millions of Californians remain under flood watch as flood warnings have been issued along the bay area and central valley.
Emergency evacuations have also been issued for central parts of California as rivers, including the San Lorenzo, continue to rise.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist, Brandon Buckingham, “By Tuesday, dry conditions are expected to return as an area of high-pressure noses into California.”
Governor Gavin Newsom, yesterday, assured Californians that work is going on to combat the impact of the winter storms and urged them to “remain vigilant and listen to emergency officials” as there will be more winter storms.
As California continues to face these “serious and deadly” weather conditions according to Newsom, they’re not done yet as more storms are expected in the coming days.