Biden Declares California in State of Emergency After Historic Flooding
President Joe Biden declares Major Disaster status in California after unprecedented storms take 19 lives.
US President Joe Biden declared a major disaster status in California on Saturday night “to complement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in affected areas.” New storms are predicted for Sunday, the aftermath of three weeks of unprecedented rainfall that has left at least 19 dead.
The president declared federal aid to the citizens and municipalities of this western state to repair all damages caused since December 27 by the violent winter storms leading to flooding, landslides, and mud. The decree made federal funds available to assist those affected, which includes renovating homes damaged and the usage of temporary housing for the victims.
An impressive wave of rain hit many places in the populous state of California on Saturday and they are soon looking at the saturation point. Another “atmospheric river” is expected to hit the state on Monday, a strip of moisture carrying large amounts of water from the tropics accompanied with the arrival of “new waves of extreme precipitation”.
The Nation Weather Service (NWS) has warned of “disastrous flooding” in the Salinas region, a major agricultural area south of San Francisco. Governor Gavin Newsom visited storm-affected residents on Saturday and warned, “It’s not over.” Newsom urged the residents to stay vigilant in the following 24-48 hours and apply “common sense” in dealing with the situation.