Flooded street and sign in Sonoma County on River Road

California Secures Federal Major Disaster Declarations to Support Communities Impacted by Floods

Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that FEMA has approved California’s request for Presidential Major Disaster declarations submitted in April to bolster ongoing state and local recovery efforts following severe winter storms that caused widespread flooding, mudslides and damage to critical infrastructure across California.

“I want to thank the President and FEMA for moving quickly to approve our requests,” said Governor Newsom. “This federal aid will get money and resources where they are needed and help communities recover.”

The Presidential Major Disaster declarations will help state, tribal and local governments with recovery projects including the repair and replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and utilities. The declarations include hazard mitigation, which helps state and local governments reduce the risks and impacts of future disasters.

The Governor previously declared a state of emergency for 33 counties across the state due to the storms.

More information on the federal disaster declaration process can be found here. 

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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