Storm Damage: Obama Declares a Major Disaster in 10 Counties | KCET
Storm Damage: Obama Declares a Major Disaster in 10 Counties
Following the winter storms between mid December and early January, President Barack Obama today declared that a major disaster exists in some areas of California.
By signing a disaster declaration, federal funds will be available to state, tribal, eligible local governments and some nonprofit organizations for emergency work and repair or replacement of infrastructure damaged by flooding and debris and mud flows. Ten counties were included in the order:
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Luis Obispo
- Santa Barbara
Federal funding will also be available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide, the White House said.
For the past five years, a parched California has meant beekeepers have been struggling. However, while the holistic effects of recent rains have yet to be determined, for the beekeeping community here in L.A., the benefits are immediate and noticeable.