Newsom Adds More Counties to Emergency Declaration, Asks for Federal Assistance

Eleven more counties have been added to a state of emergency declaration issued in the wake of last month’s storms. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the expansion Friday. The newly included counties are Alameda, Butte, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and Sutter. The initial counties included were Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

The governor has also requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government. 

“If approved, the declaration would make available federal public assistance funding to help state, tribal and local governments cover emergency response and recovery costs. The request also includes funding for hazard mitigation efforts statewide,” according to the governor.

The month of February brought record rainfall and extensive damage to parts of the state. Between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21 alone, there were more than 130 reports of flash flooding, landslides or rockslides in California. Several people lost their lives.



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