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President Biden issues a disaster declaration for LA County due to February storms

President Joe Biden has issued a disaster declaration for much of Southern and Central California due to severe storms that hit the state in early February.

The statement, made Saturday, orders “federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe winter storms, tornadoes, floods, landslides and mudslides from January 31 to February 9, 2024.” according to a statement from the White Housae.

Financing is available on a cost-sharing basis for repairs and emergency work.

In total, the declaration applies to Los Angeles, Ventura, Butte, Glenn, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Sutter counties.

“California, thanks to @POTUS, has secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for the early February storms,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said Sunday on X. “This declaration provides more resources for local communities across the state as they recover of the widespread impacts of these storms.”

Southern California was hit particularly hard in February with hundreds of mud and landslides that destroyed homes and roads and severely affected some heavily traveled routes, including the railroad through San Clemente.

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