Emergency in California Due to Storm
US President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for California, as storms have pounded the State since Dec. 26, killing at least 19 people and bringing floods, power outages, mudslides, evacuations and road closures.
Biden ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides, the White House said in a statement.
The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties, it said.
Storm-battered California got more wind, rain and snow on Saturday, raising flooding concerns, causing power outages and making travel dangerous.
Bands of rain with gusty winds started in the north and spread south, with more storms expected to follow into early next week, the National Weather Service said.
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