CSAC Bulletin Article

Storms and More Storms

January 12, 2023

CSAC continues to monitor and engage on the continued parade of storms and atmospheric rivers affecting all 58 counties that started before the start of the new year. Major impacts are affecting counties—from coastal and river flooding to roadway damage, levee failures and school closures. Widespread precipitation is still expected through the rest of this week and into next week. Statewide rain and heavy mountain snow are also expected.

The state requested a federal emergency declaration for 41 counties needing federal and FEMA assistance, and continues to monitor remaining counties. In addition, state and federal agencies are sending support crews to areas with unexpected needs as situations arise. Federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of California and select counties. If funding becomes available, it will be posted on FEMA’s website. A list of statewide and local resources, including disaster assistance, is made available here.

The state continues to follow local storm and flooding impacts with new areas identified daily. We encourage counties to follow the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES)  Statewide Situation Key Messages. These can be downloaded daily (end of day) at the end of the day. Cal-OES is coordinating with local and federal partners to identify locations for shelters and posts locations on their website.

CSAC is monitoring the impacts of the storms and is available to support counties as they navigate the need for state and federal resources for emergency and recovery.

Please contact Catherine Freeman, CSAC Legislative Advocate at cfreeman@counties.org and Amber Garcia, CSAC Legislative Analyst at agarcia@counties.org.

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