Photo by: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire

Damage Assessments Ongoing As Storms Clear Out

Significant storms have battered the entire state of California this winter.  A series of three storms last week contributed to record rainfall in Southern California, including an all-time mark of 3.87 inches at the Long Beach Airport.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued two emergency proclamations to secure funding to help communities respond to and recover from severe winter storms that have caused flooding, mudslides, erosion, debris flow and damage to roads and highways.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is in the midst of assessing damages and assisting residents with the recovery phase.

“After five years of drought, basically we had areas that just weren’t ready to receive the amount of rainfall that it did,” said Dan Bout, Cal OES Assistant Director of Response. “and this wasn’t just any normal rainstorm.”

Contact local county offices for additional details about your specific region. A list of county contacts is compiled here.

For more about the Cal OES recovery process, click here.


Additional resources


Cal OES Winter Storm Preparedness

National Weather Service


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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