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Trump Administration Approves Federal Aid For Storm, Oroville Dam Relief


The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that President Trump has made federal money available for the Oroville Dam crisis and for counties affected by winter storms that occurred Jan. 3 through Jan. 12.

The announcement ensures at least 75 percent of the costs of debris removal and life-saving measures will be covered in the Oroville Dam incident and others that are storm-related.

The same percentage would be covered for hazard mitigation as well as for public roads, bridges, schools and recreation areas.

Also covered: emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by storms, floods and mudslides in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

Gov. Jerry Brown requested aid for the dam on Monday and for the storms last Friday.

The administration's actions pave the way for FEMA to coordinate disaster relief and to help fund state, tribal and local government efforts.

Meanwhile people living south of the dam, who were first told to evacuate Sunday night, were told Tuesday that they can start returning home. The mandatory evacuation has been reduced to an evacuation warning. This means residents can return to their homes, but should be aware they may be asked to evacuate again if current conditions at the dam change.

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