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Biden declares emergency for California due to winter storms

Published 01/09/2023, 07:09 AM
Updated 01/09/2023, 07:11 AM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a ceremony marking two years since the January 6, 2021, attack on U.S. Capitol, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for California after a week of storms killed at least 12 people in the past 10 days and knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the state.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a ceremony marking two years since the January 6, 2021, attack on U.S. Capitol, in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The emergency declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief efforts and mobilize emergency resources, the White House said in a statement.

In the last week, severe weather spawned violent wind gusts that toppled trucks, flooded the streets of small towns along northern California's coast and churned up a storm surge that destroyed a pier in Santa Cruz.

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