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Photo by Alex Tardy, National Weather Service: San Diego River crested at 14.15 feet, third highest level ever recorded
March 16, 2017 (San Diego) — President Donald Trump has granted a federal disaster declaration requested by California Governor Jerry Brown in 15 California counties, including San Diego, due to severe storms that caused flooding, mudslides, and other damage from January 18-23.
The order authorizes federal assistance to supplement state, local and tribal recovery efforts, along with some nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. In addition to San Diego, other counties approved for relief funds are El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yolo.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has named Timothy J. Scranton as the federal coordinating officer for the recovery effort in these areas.
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) voiced appreciation to the Trump administration for the disaster aid. "I want to thank the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for allowing San Diego and Orange County to access federal assistance to clean up, restore, and rebuild areas damaged by recent storms," said Congressman l Issa, who encouraged all eligible organizations to review the federal options.