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Published on April 15, 2024
President Biden Declares California Weather Catastrophe a Major Disaster, Unlocks Federal Aid for RecoverySource: Wikipedia/Elvert Barnes, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

President Joe Biden has officially recognized the calamity that battered California earlier this year, deeming it a major disaster and triggering federal funds to help in recovery. According to a White House announcement, a spate of severe winter storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that plagued the Golden State from January 31st to February 9th have now paved the way for state, tribal, and local efforts to receive a financial lifeline.

The funds will assist affected areas including Butte, Glenn, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sutter, and Ventura counties, providing a much-needed shot in the arm for communities reeling from nature's unrest the funding includes emergency work, repairs, and facility replacements that bore the brunt of the tempest’s fury. Andrew F. Grant of FEMA has stepped up to spearhead the Federal recovery operations.

Not only are current damages being addressed, but there's also a keen eye on the future, with federal funding extended for hazard mitigation measures across the entire state, a move reassures Californians that resilience is on the horizon.

While we've been offered a glimpse into the government's response, additional support might follow, as further damage assessments could lead to more counties joining the list of those receiving aid.