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Trump Approves Federal Disaster Assistance For California


President Trump has approved federal disaster assistance for California. The move will help communities recover from major storms that hit the state in January.

 A series of storms, called atmospheric rivers, pummeled the state in late January causing widespread flooding and mudslides. The disaster declaration will provide federal funding to state, tribal, local governments and some nonprofit groups.

It will help repair and replace damaged public buildings, roads and bridges. Sixteen counties across California are eligible including: El Dorado, Kern, Los Angeles, Mendocino, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Trinity, Tuolumne and Yolo.

The federal government provides at least 75 percent of the costs. The president has already granted a request for federal help for the communities affected by the Oroville Dam spillway incident and for storms and flooding from early January.

The White House says other declarations may be made later depending on damage assessments.

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Amy Quinton

Former Environment Reporter

Amy came to Sacramento from New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) where she was Environment Reporter. Amy has also reported for NPR member stations WFAE in Charlotte, WAMU in Washington D.C. and American Public Media's "Marketplace."  Read Full Bio 

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