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California has provided federal emergency assistance for historic storms in February

President Biden has approved California’s request for a major disaster declaration to support recovery efforts after a series of storms in February that inundated much of the state with historic rainfall and mountain snow and led to numerous deaths, officials announced Sunday known.

Nine California counties – Butte, Glenn, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sutter and Ventura – will receive federal aid as a result of the declaration, which also includes funding for efforts to reduce hazards across the country. state to limit, officials said. .

“This declaration provides more resources to local communities across the state as they recover from the widespread impacts of these storms,” the governor said. Gavin Newsom said in a statement thanking the Biden administration for its support.

At least 11 people died as a result of the storms, which caused widespread flooding, power outages, school closures and damage to critical infrastructure, Newsom wrote in his request for a disaster declaration.

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In San Luis Obispo County, where two tornadoes touched down, the storms damaged eight steel firehouse doors and the roof and gutters of the Grover Beach Police Department, and high waves caused major structural damage to the Cayucos Pier, compromising its integrity danger came, Newsom wrote. .

In Santa Barbara County, high winds damaged homes in Goleta and tore off part of a windmill in Solvang, and rain flooded concrete canals that drained water from residential neighborhoods, destroying 300 feet of them, Newsom wrote. Sediment from debris flows filled three debris ponds to near capacity, threatening to flood an airport runway, and part of the Zanja de Cota Creek channel bank collapsed, sending trees and debris into the Chumash Indian Reservation waterway ended up, Newsom wrote.

In Ventura County, damaged roads, bridges, levees and park facilities were flooded, flooding the Ventura Wastewater Facility and causing water to flow back into the system, Newsom wrote. Floods also inundated culverts and washed away a fish diversion basin that allowed steelhead to travel along the Ventura River, while debris flows blocked roads and flooded debris basins with sediment. The Ventura River flooded and changed its course, with the new path washing away a road and levee and destroying an above-ground water distribution system, Newsom wrote.

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Los Angeles County saw hundreds of debris flows, prompting evacuations. The Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant was flooded with rainwater, which caused excessive pressure in a sewer line that caused sewage to back up from manhole covers, flooding parts of the facility and at one point causing the filtration system to shut down, wrote Newsom. The storm also damaged electrical equipment in one building, forcing the factory to borrow power to continue operations, he wrote.

In Santa Cruz County, high winds toppled a eucalyptus tree, severing a 10-inch steel sewer line, and heavy surf damaged a municipal wharf in the city of Santa Cruz, causing part of the deck to collapse, Newsom wrote.

In Monterey County, heavy rainfall in the burns caused silt and debris to enter retention basins and stormwater conveyance systems, overwhelming them and creating tens of thousands of cubic yards of material that had to be transported long distances for disposal, Newsom wrote.

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In Butte County, wind and rain downed trees, damaging roads, guardrails and at least one culvert. The worst damage occurred in the burns of the Bear and Camp fires, which cover about 40% of the county, Newsom wrote. The Glenn County Airport was damaged by heavy rain, while the Yuba Fairgrounds in Sutter County was severely damaged when a 15-foot-tall redwood tree fell on a restroom building.

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This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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