Biden approved the declaration of catastrophe in California after the strong storms that have left 19 dead

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The damage caused by the floods is still being evaluated and the US government does not rule out the designation of federal aid in other areas once the balance sheets are complete

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Biden approved the declaration of catastrophe in California after the strong storms that have left 19 dead

Biden approved the declaration of catastrophe in California after the strong storms that have left 19 dead. (REUTERS)

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, approved this Sunday the declaration of a catastrophe in the state of California, affected in recent weeks by a strong storm.

Biden confirmed that there is a serious catastrophe in California and ordered federal aid to carry out the recovery of the areas affected by the strong winter storms that have caused flooding, landslides, and mudslides throughout the state from December 27 to today.

This measure, one step beyond the declaration of state of emergency, makes federal funds available to affected individuals in Merced, Sacramento and Santa Cruz counties.

In accordance with According to a White House statement, this assistance “may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses” as well as help for business owners.

At this time, damage from the heavy rains is still being assessed and < b>the US government does not rule out the designation of federal aid in other areas once the evaluations are completed.

Biden approved the catastrophe declaration in California after strong storms that have left 19 dead

According to a White House statement , this help “may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover losses from uninsured property” as well as help for business owners. (REUTERS)

At least 19 victims

A series of winter storms have struck the West Coast of the United States in the past 15 days, leaving at least 19 deaths in California.

The state is also bracing for another round of torrential rains, strong winds and snowfall. As the authorities have warned, this new storm could trigger new floods, landslides and power outages.

According to information from Bloomberg, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said at a press conference this Friday that the state “has not yet is out of danger”. “These storms are among the deadliest natural disasters in our state's modern history,” she added.

Bands of rain with gusty winds began in the north and spread to the south, with more storms expected through early next week, the National Weather Service warned.

Biden approved the catastrophe declaration in California after strong storms that have left 19 dead

The state is also preparing for a new round of torrential rains, strong winds and snowfall. As the authorities have warned, this new storm could trigger new floods, landslides and power outages. (REUTERS)

More than68,000 utility customers lost power on Saturday morning, a number that more than halved by afternoon, according to the portal poweroutage.us.

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

To the south, warnings have been issued for part of Some counties, including San Mateo and Santa Cruz, where the small community of Felton Grove along the St. Lawrence River was ordered to evacuate. An evacuation order has also been issued for Wilton area residentsin semirural southeastern Sacramento County. Authorities cited the threat of an overflow of the Cosumnes River.

The rising Salinas River flooded farmland in Monterey County and, to the east, the Flood warnings were in effect for Merced County, in the agricultural Central Valley, where Governor Gavin Newsom went to assess the problems caused by the storm.

Biden approved disaster declaration in California following severe storms that have killed 19

Flood warnings were issued for the region at northern San Francisco Bay, including Marin, Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. (REUTERS)

The reality is that this is only the eighth of what we anticipate will be nine atmospheric rivers — we're not done,“ Newsom told a briefing with local authorities in which he urged the population to be vigilant for the next 24 to 48 hours.

“This is happening all over California, but I mean… you guys are getting bearing the brunt of it disproportionately, and if they feel that way, they're right,” Newsom said.

(With information from Europa Press and The Associated Press)

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