Congressman Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Congressman Wally Herger (R-CA) today led a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to provide federal disaster assistance for California communities battered by the recent March storms. Between March 15 and 27, a series of storms swept across Northern California, causing significant damage in Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino counties. Damages are estimated to be more than $44.5 million statewide.
"The March storms brought a lot of devastation to communities across California," said Rep. Thompson. "Heavy rain, snow, wind, and flooding battered local homes and infrastructure, causing significant and costly damage. I urge the President to quickly approve federal disaster assistance for our state to help give local communities the resources they need to get back on their feet."
In total, 25 California Delegation Members who represent communities affected by the March storms signed on to Congressman Thompson's letter, including: Wally Herger (R-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Sam Farr (D-CA), Laura Richardson (D-CA), Dan Lungren (D-CA), Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Dreier (R-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), George Miller (D-CA), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), John Garamendi (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Brian Bilbray (D-CA), Gary Miller (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Bob Filner (D-CA), Susan Davis (D-CA), and Pete Stark (D-CA). A copy of their letter to President Obama is available below:
"Dear Mr. President,
"We write to you in strong support of the State of California's request for a major disaster declaration in order to provide much-needed assistance to our state for damages resulting from the recent March storms.
"Between March 15 and 27, 2011, severe storms occurred throughout our state. These series of storms brought heavy rain and snow, high winds and flooding, destroying and damaging property throughout the state. Seventeen counties in our state were hit hard by these storms including Alameda, Amador, Butte, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Madera, Mariposa, Mendocino, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Sierra, Stanislaus, Sutter, Trinity, and Tuolumne. Statewide Preliminary Damage Assessment findings estimate economic damages to be $44,547,342.
"Many of us have had the opportunity to view the damage in our districts first-hand, and it is clear that a major disaster declaration is critical to helping our state recover from these devastating storms.
"Therefore, we strongly support the State of California's request for a major disaster declaration. We appreciate your consideration of this request, and we stand ready to assist you in expediting support and resources to the impacted communities throughout California."