California storm: Biden declares major disaster as more flooding forecast | California

Joe Biden declared a major disaster due to the devastating winter storm in California Floods and mudslides And at least 19 people died.

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

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

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

The National Weather Service expects storms and flooding to continue through Monday to warn on sunday. Dry days were expected starting Tuesday.

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

To the south, warnings were posted for counties including 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 of ​​semi-rural southeast Sacramento County. Authorities cited the threat of flooding from the Cosmanes River.

The swollen Salinas River flooded farmland in Monterey County. To the east, a flood warning was in effect for Merced County in the agricultural Central Valley, where the governor, Gavin Newsom, went to take stock of the situation.

“The reality is that this is only the eighth of what we expect to be nine atmospheric rivers — we’re not done,” the Associated Press reported Newsom as saying at a briefing with local leaders where he urged people to be vigilant about safety. Next 24 to 48 hours.

Atmospheric rivers are long, narrow regions of the atmosphere that transport most water vapor out of the tropics, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The rivers move with the weather and carry water vapor equal to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi. When rivers fall on land, they usually release steam as rain and snow.

In the case of California, extreme atmospheric rivers have led to flooded roads, overwhelming debris flows and dangerous mudslides in addition to heavy snowfall.

On Saturday, the University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab reported that 21.3 inches (54 cm) of snow had fallen in the past 24 hours.

“The snowpack is already deep with 10 feet (3 m) of snow on the ground,” the lab said It added that it expects 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 were experiencing power outages as of Sunday morning, according to

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

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

At least three people were killed by falling trees and others drowned in powerful floodwaters or were found dead in or near vehicles.

A search and rescue operation by the National Guard and law enforcement agencies was underway in central California after a five-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters near the small village of San Miguel.

National Guard troops arrived in Montecito to assist county officials in redirecting rain and creek water.
National Guard troops arrived in Montecito to assist county officials in redirecting rain and creek water. Photo: Amy Katz/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Last Monday morning, Kyle Doan was in a car with his mother, Lindsay Doan, on their way to school in floodwaters. The two get out of the car together before the strong current pulls Kyle away from his mother as he is forced underwater.

According to The last words Kyle’s father, Brian Doan, said to his mother before Kyle was swept away were to keep calm.

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

Brian Doan said: “People don’t realize it’s impossible to swim when there’s fast-moving water with debris. You can’t maintain control. My wife fell under the water.

“[Kyle] Further down, he was on his back, and they could not reach him. The footing is just extremely difficult. The soil is chocolate pudding in many spots. There is too much water saturation.”

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