California Storms: Biden Declares Major Disaster with More Floods Predicted | California

Joe Biden declared a major disaster in California after devastating winter storms that led to flooding and mudslides and the deaths of at least 19 people.

On Saturday, Biden ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by storm surges since late December.

“The President’s action makes federal funds available to affected individuals in Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties,” the White House said in a statement.

“Federal funding is also available to eligible state, tribal, and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Merced, Sacramento, and Santa Cruz counties.”

Storms and flooding are expected to continue into Monday, the National Weather Service warned on Sunday. From Tuesday, dry days were expected.

Flood warnings were issued for the region north of San Francisco Bay, including Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

To the south, notices were posted for counties like San Mateo and Santa Cruz, where the small community of Felton Grove along the San Lorenzo River was ordered to evacuate. An evacuation order was also issued for residents of the Wilton area in semi-rural southeastern Sacramento County. Authorities cited the threat of flooding from the Cosumnes River.

The overflowing Salinas River flooded farmland in Monterey County. To the east, flood warnings were in effect in Merced County, in the Central Agricultural Valley, where the governor, Gavin Newsom, visited to take stock of the situation.

“The reality is that this is only the eighth of what we predict will be nine atmospheric rivers – we’re not done yet,” the Associated Press reported Newsom telling a meeting with local leaders in which he urged people to be vigilant about water safety. next 24 to 48 hours.

Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow regions in the atmosphere that carry most of the water vapor away from the tropics, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Rivers move with the weather and carry water vapor equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi. When rivers reach shores, they often release steam as rain and snow.

In the case of California, extreme atmospheric rivers have led to flooded roads, overwhelming debris flow and dangerous landslides, as well as heavy snow.

On Saturday, the University of California’s Berkeley Central Sierra snow laboratory reported that it received 54 cm of snow in the last 24 hours.

“The snow layer is deep, with 3 meters of snow already on the ground,” the laboratory said. said, adding that it’s expecting an additional 2-3 feet by Monday.

Compared to Saturday morning, when more than 68,000 customers were without power across the state, 21,000 customers experienced power outages on Sunday morning, according to

With at least 19 people dead, Newsom urged Californians to stay safe.

“Make the necessary preparations. Floods, landslides and storms don’t matter who you are or where you live – they will hit you just the same. Take it seriously,” he said.

At least three people died from falling trees, while others were hit by heavy flooding or found dead in or near vehicles.

Search-and-rescue operations by National Guard troops and police were underway in central California after a five-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters near the small town of San Miguel.

National Guard troops arrive in Montecito to help county officials redirect rain and creek water.
National Guard troops arrive in Montecito to help county officials redirect rain and creek water. Photography: Amy Katz/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Last Monday morning, Kyle Doan was in a car with his mother, Lindsy Doan, on their way to school when they were overwhelmed by a flood. The two got out of the car together before strong currents pulled Kyle away from his mother as she was forced under the water.

According to Kyle’s father, Brian Doan, one of the last things Kyle said to his mother before he was dragged away was for her to stay calm.

“Don’t worry Mom. It’s okay, it’s going to be okay,” Kyle said.

Brian Doan said: “People don’t understand when there’s fast moving water with debris, it’s impossible to swim. You cannot maintain control. My wife was being knocked underwater.

“[Kyle] it was further down, he had his back turned, and they couldn’t reach him. The base is extremely hard. The soil is very chocolate pudding in many spots. There is a lot of water saturation.”

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